We need to work together to make gun ownership and use as safe as possible. I am in favor of:
- universal background checks for all gun purchases,
- an assault weapon ban,
- restrictions on the number of rounds that can be carried in a clip,
- outlawing armor piercing rounds and
- outlawing bump stocks.
We should institute common sense safety measures that will help lower the number of gun related deaths. To that end, I would support more gun licensing programs as well.
I have no problem with people owning a firearm to hunt or to defend themselves and their families. However, I believe in practical gun safety. My history of hunting began at the age of 11 and I still enjoy it. While I was in the Army I was trained in the use of M-16’s, M-60’s, and a .45. These experiences guide my position on gun safety.
Eliminating the influence of big money in politics will help move our country forward. Since the horrific shooting in Florida, the National Rifle Association has lost notoriety and partnerships with major corporations. It is time we reject their influence and implement legislation supported by the majority of Americans and District 2. Greg Walden has a A rating from the NRA. Over his time in Congress, he has received $39,250 from the NRA. He cannot effectively and accurately represent our District while receiving this kind of money.
Jim marched with students in Bend on March 24th in support of their efforts for gun safety legislation & voter registration. The top two photos are from the Central Oregon MFOL and the bottom two are from the MFOL in Medford.
From Jim: “What a great experience today to march with students and support them in ensuring safety. As a veteran and lifelong hunter, I support common sense gun safety legislation. We are past due for change, and I will repeal and replace Walden in November with your support.”
Jim’s Statement about the Florida School Shooting & Gun Safety (February 2018)
The Valentine’s Day shooting, at the high school, in Florida, has not only sickened me but it has also enraged enough people (especially the students who were there) to finally declare that “thoughts and prayers” alone do not cut it. Action must be taken by Congress. I agree.
What is happening with every shooting is a clash between two American values. On one hand we have the Declaration of Independence with “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” the “unalienable rights” given to all human beings by their Creator. Which our government is supposed to protect. On the other hand, we have the Second Amendment with a “Right to bear arms.” So far, the clash between these two American values has always been won by the “right to bear arms.”
I am a life-long hunter (who still hunts) and who owns two rifles and a shotgun. I am also an Army veteran who qualified with the M-16, the civilian version of which (the AR-15) has been the overwhelming choice of the shooters. So, I am a person who has used firearms most of my life, who owns firearms, who is comfortable with firearms and who is in total agreement with anyone who wants to own a firearm to hunt with or to have for personal protection.
But, I also am in favor of common sense gun safety legislation. This includes universal background checks for all gun purchases; an assault weapon ban*; restrictions on the number of rounds that can be carried in a clip**; outlawing armor piercing rounds***; and outlawing bump stocks****.
So, which American value has to give? For me, “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” needs to finally trump the Second Amendment’s “Right to bear arms.”
* An assault weapon is designed to kill a lot of people very quickly and it is very good at doing just that. Assault weapons belong in the hands of the military, not civilians.
** There is no good reason why someone needs a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds. If you cannot hit a deer by your third shot you need to go back and sight your rifle in again.
*** Armor piercing bullets are “cop killers”. Every deer and moose I have shot did not wear body armor.
**** As demonstrated by Las Vegas, bump stocks have one purpose, and it is not a legitimate purpose.