There has rarely been a time when our liberties were not only in danger, but were being actively destroyed more than now.
All across our state (in fact all across our country) not only are people losing their jobs, their businesses and their investments, they are losing their rights.
The right to assemble, the right to move freely, the right to make informed decisions for themselves.
Irrespective of your views on current events, one thing is clear, the state is using this situation for a massive power grab.
Under Oregon law, in emergencies, the Governor has enormous and almost unlimited powers. And, in the absence of an agreement by the legislature, (unlikely under the current circumstances) the Governor alone decides when the “emergency” is over.
As you know, Kate Brown was unable to ram through everything she wanted in the last legislative session because of the Republican walk out. As you also know, Brown has made no secret of her intention to seek “revenge” (her words) on her political opponents. Brown is also not in any way confined by a need to seek reelection. In short, Kate Brown can do almost anything she wants right now.
If you’ve watched her press conferences or read her statements, you know Brown has no plans, no ideas and no strategy for saving Oregon’s crumbling economy. Countless jobs are gone and many businesses will never come back. But one thing you can be sure of, Brown and her staff will continue to get paid.
So we are in a very dangerous period. Our flawed “background check” system is in worse shape than ever and many sheriffs across our state are not issuing, and in some cases, not even renewing, concealed handgun licenses. There is no policy in place for law enforcement’s dealing with expired CHL’s and anyone who needs a new one may just be out of luck. Oregon law says “shall issue.” It does not say “shall issue unless it’s inconvenient.”
We want to assure you that we are watching events very carefully and are monitoring any efforts to use the current situation to attack gun rights.
On another topic, you are aware that Oregon’s only Republican Congressman, Greg Walden, is not seeking re-election.
Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District is the only district that typically votes Republican and this year the Republican primary has drawn numerous contenders. One of them is failed governor candidate Knute Buehler.
As you can see, there is big money behind his race. And that’s the problem.
When Buehler ran for governor against Kate Brown, he ran as an avowed liberal. He was a vocal basher of President Trump, a supporter of virtually all liberal causes and a proponent of more gun restrictions. When he served in the legislature, Buehler introduced several anti-gun bills and was one of only three Republicans to vote for a third. (None of those folks are still in the legislature.)
Now Buehler has reinvented himself as a Trump loving, 2nd Amendment advocate because he is running in a pro-gun Republican district.
Buehler is a fraud but he is gaining traction because of his large war chest and name recognition. Do not be fooled if you live in the 2nd Congressional District. Buehler is no friend of gun owners and would be a disaster as the only “Republican” from Oregon in Congress. Please stay informed.
We are wishing you courage in these very dangerous and unprecedented times. We know many of you are struggling with lost income and a rudderless, stumbling government that has taken your livelihood and replaced it with broken promises. We are not going to bore you with platitudes. Stay close to your friends, family and fellow patriots. We will prevail.