||| Don Ryan |||
In the wake of the tragic Florida shooting, the gun control debate has been a hot topic and now Oregon's Legislature became the first to act Thursday banned people convicted of stalking and domestic violence or under restraining orders from buying or owning firearms.
The bill passed in the Oregon state Senate on a 16-13 vote which appears to mark the first passed gun-control measure since the February 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida. The measure was actually introduced before the shooting but gained momentum in the wake of the Parkland Shooting.
The Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she intends to sign into law the measure approved by the House earlier to protect victims of domestic violence. The move may not actually be a bad idea even though anytime gun rights are taken away from the people it should be met with skepticism.
Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords survived a shooting in 2011 that left her with a brain injury, she applauded the passing of the aptly nicknamed boyfriend loophole bill. "Oregon is taking the lead to protect communities from gun violence," said Robin Lloyd, government affairs director for Giffords’ nonprofit organization.
The bill brings to mind Kansas gunman Cedric Larry Ford, 38, who was angered after he served by a restraining order barring him from contact with someone he abused. The authorities believe the restraining order contributed to why Ford went on a shooting spree and killed three people and injured 14 others.
On the other hand, what is to stop someone from seeking a restraining order against their ex out of spite even though they never did anything that warranted the order. This could result in innocent people loosing their gun rights over revenge or other abusive applications of the new law.
What do you think? Is this a good bill, or don't limit anyone's ability to own a gun period?
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