Because of several recent Second Amendment and Firearms related issues that have been appearing before the United States Senate (Sotomayor hearing, concealed carry reciprocity, etc.) I’ve pretty much had my Senators on speed dial, or in this case speed email. I recently got a form letter back from Freshman Senator Jeff Merkley, who was narrowly elected over incumbent Gordon Smith. Ironically, Constitution Party candidate David Brownlow seems to have played spoiler in this case as his tally was far more than the difference between Merkley and Smith. Chalk yet another election fiasco up to our broken election law. I however, digress. Suffice it to say that if Obama wasn’t at the top of the ticket, Merkley wouldn’t be in the Senate today, nor should he be if his most recent missive is representative of his policies and his grasp on law and policy in his home state.
Here’s the text of his form letter:
“Thank you for contacting me to express your views on gun control legislation. It is an honor to serve as your Senator, and I appreciate hearing your views on this important issue.
“I understand that many Oregonians cherish their second amendment rights, and I support the ability of law abiding gun owners to own and use firearms. At the same time, however, I believe that we must protect our children and ensure that deadly weapons do not fall into the hands of criminals. For this reason, I support common sense measures that help keep our communities safe including mandatory background checks and closing the gun show loophole that permits unlicensed private vendors to sell privately-owned guns at gun shows without background checks.
“I will continue to stand for sportsmen and law abiding citizens, and protect their constitutional right to bear arms.
“Thank you, again, for sharing your thoughts with me, and please continue to keep me informed about issues that concern you.”
Note his focus on the so-called “gun show loophole.” There’s one big problem here. Merkley allegedly represents the state of Oregon. Oregon has no “gun show loophole.” If you want to buy a firearm at any show in the state, you must either have an FFL (or C&R) or pass the background check.
Given his lack of grasp of Oregon Law (bear in mind he was a State Representative for several terms as well as Speaker of the Oregon House), how the heck can this individual consider himself qualified to be a U.S. Senator??? I have a better grasp on firearm law than he does, and I know he’s getting paid a lot more than I am!
Instead of actually demonstrating an understanding of the issue, Merkley has just spouted partisan rhetoric from his favorite anti-Second Amendment groups and passed it off as a policy stance. Quite frankly Oregon deserves more professionalism and competency from its Senator, and I sincerely hope that Merkley is a “one and out.”
Until next time!!!