No due process.
No Second Amendment protected rights.
This is not the first state which has passed laws similar to this. Chances are that it won't be the last.
Where do we draw the line between liberty and safety? Are rights inherent or are they bestowed and revoked by government?
On the surface Oregon's Senate Bill 719, which easily passed the House and is heading now for Governor Kate Brown's signature, sounds great. It sounds like crisis situations will be averted. It makes people feel like they are helping. However, when you look at the facts beyond the feelings, there is no due process in this law. Any family member or police officer can allege that someone is a threat, citing very little evidence before a judge, and that person loses their right to protect themselves. They are deemed guilty before they have the opportunity to prove their innocence. At that time, their property must be forfeited to the state or it will be seized by force.
They must then prove to the state that they are "safe" in order to regain their constitutionally protected rights as well as their personal possessions.
Are you willing to forfeit your rights for the illusion that a truly unhinged and dangerous person would not simply steal a gun, buy a gun stolen gun, or use a different type of weapon to enact whatever destruction they are bent on?
Should those who are falsely accused in courtrooms across the nation everyday have their rights stripped away by a law which only serves as a feel good, ignore the root of the problem, at least it looks like we care about helping people, power grab?
Of course not. Unfortunately, this is in fact the trend we are witnessing and it is spreading rapidly.
So, which will it be, America?
Will we hold fast to the illusion of safety or to our inherent right to actually keep ourselves safe?
Blog posts are original content written by 1MMAGC moms and dads.