HI! My name is Jaynee Germond and I am running for US Congress, Oregon District 4.
You can read my more in-depth stand on the issues at http://germond4congress.com, but I want to talk to you here about my stands on gun rights. I can also me be reached by email at germond4congress<at>gmail.com or by phone at 541-515-9690.
Growing up in rural America, I thought everyone owned guns. My dad had rifles, shotguns and handguns. He hunted with his brothers and every man I knew growing up used guns. All of my uncles had guns. Even many women went hunting.
Guns weren’t just for hunting, however. Both of my parents carried guns and had guns at their bedsides for protection. We children were taught how to handle guns and that they weren’t a toy. Dad took us shooting from time we were very young. There are pictures of me shooting balloons with a pellet gun when I was about 3 or 4 years old. Guns were a part of life.
Later on when we moved closer to the city, I always felt safe because I knew there were guns in the house and we all knew how to use them. It never occurred to us to think of guns as ‘dangerous.
When I became an adult, I didn’t own guns. It was a choice. I didn’t hunt and never really felt it was necessary for a long time. As gun ‘control’ started creeping in, however, and I started traveling, I was getting nervous about so many ‘undesirables’ preying on law-abiding citizens.
As a law-abiding, Constitutionalist, the more ‘control’ that was exerted over our guns, the more angry I got that our rights were being infringed upon. Now I wanted guns. And I wanted to know how to shoot…and shoot well. Currently, we have Concealed handgun permits in most states (at least in theory), but that ‘goes against the grain’ with me. I feel that Concealment permits are actually unconstitutional. According to the Bill of Rights, and specifically the 2nd Amendment, we have a right to bear arms and a permit is permission, in other words a privilege.
I now hunt and enjoy the right to have a handgun for protection. Upon further study of the Constitution and of gun rights and gun control in our various states and in other countries, I have a few more thoughts on this. In every situation that guns were banned, gun violence has risen. In areas of gun rights, violent crimes decrease. Watching the news a few days ago, I heard of a shooting in DC. I looked at my husband incredulously. “That is impossible!” I cried, “the media must be making things up again. How can DC have a shooting? Everyone knows that guns are outlawed there!” Things that make you go “hmmmmmmm”.
Another aspect of my argument for gun rights is this: our troops are all over the world, but not on our borders. In the event of an invasion, we, the law-abiding gun owners of America, are the first line of defense. We are the militia. With law enforcement being hit with cuts, and the Supreme court affirming that Law Enforcement Officers have no obligation to protect individuals (Bowers v. DeVito, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 686F.2d 616 (1982), we have a right and a responsibility to protect ourselves and our families.
As your elected representative in Congress, I promise to fight for the gun rights of all law-abiding Americans. It isn’t just a right, it’s a responsibility. The Constitution says so.