A wild week in the state of Oregon has barely been covered by national media, as attention has been focused on increased tension with Iran, and the shaping of the Democratic Party primary field.
But the events that transpired last week in the Beaver State are straight out of a Hollywood script, with lawmakers dodging a vote, the governor sending the state police after them, and a militia group threatening to storm the state Capitol.
The story begins with HB 2020, a bill that would set up a “cap-and-trade” system to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The cap on emissions would rise over time, allowing less emissions, and companies would be forced to buy and sell allowances (the “trade” in “cap-and-trade”) on emissions. California passed a similar bill in 2016.
Republican State Senators, far outmanned in the Senate, are unwilling to capitulate on the bill. If they show up for the vote, they will surely lose and HB 2020 will pass, and subsequently become law. So they decided to use another tactic, fleeing the state to deprive the Oregon Senate of the 20 members it needs for a quorum to hold vote.
Thursday, Democratic Gov. Kate Brown sent the state police to round them up and bring them back to the Capitol to hold the vote.
The legislative session ends on June 30, at which point unresolved legislative issues die. Brown said she will open a special session on July 2 if Republicans do not return for the vote. Republicans have no such plans, and remain in hiding. They want Democrats to put the bill up for a public referendum according to Sen. Herman Baertschiger, Jr., who spoke to The Wall Street Journal by phone from out-of-state.
Meanwhile, right-wing militia groups appear to have had enough lawmaking altogether.
The Oregon Three Percenters, who participated in the armed takeover of a wildlife refuge in 2016, was one of many groups to support the Republican legislators’ defiance. Apparently this, along with support for the legislators by other right-wing groups, was unsettling to law enforcement. The State Capitol was closed Saturday “due to a possible militia threat,” according to a spokesman for Senate President Peter Courtney.
The Oregon State Police said they were “monitoring information throughout the day that indicates the safety of legislators, staff and citizen visitors could be compromised if certain threatened behaviors were realized.”
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Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation
Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.
If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.
Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional.
AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.
In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.
At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”
In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.”
Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”
According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”
When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”
Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.
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