Incremental erosion of rights. Ain’t gonna happen overnight.Your assertion is correct. I did not do as much due diligence regarding LEV Oregon as I probably should have. I should have been better informed. I did not vote in favor of BM-114. As I have stated many times I have very little trepidation about someone coming to confiscate my guns. I continue to resist hyperbolic inflammatory rhetoric about 'they taking away my gun or my gun rights". By the same token I have been watching gun related issues my entire life. Concluding that I have my head in the sand because I disagree with you or don't share the level of concern you have is patently wrong. I completely understand the settled law and the nuances of same. I would have paid much closer attention had I had any fear the boogeyman was seeking to confiscate my weapons. Hyperbole about this type of thing is something I don't react to. Discussion is best when it is fact based, not sensationalized to maximize the fear quotient.
I am currently attempting to get some clarity about the LEV Oregon mission statement. I believe a lot of the fodder for all the anxiety comes from that. In the first part of their message it references military style AR semiautomatics. In the later part it references banning 'semiautomatics'. I tend to believe the second reference was a reference to the first rather than referencing our upland bird and duck/goose semiautos. Perhaps someone can clear that up for me if LEV doesn't get back to me promptly. Obviously attempting to ban all semiautomatics of whatever ilk would be a woefully wrong turn no sportsman of good conscience would ever support. I don't want a ban on AR platform firearms (although we have already endured a 10-yr. ban which didn't change my life one iota).
I do support efforts to put these firearms in the hands of responsible adults, not proven criminals, not psychologically disabled misfits, and not domestic abusers. I don't support the position that we all just shrug our shoulders and say we simply must take the good with the bad and therefore no one has any business saying who gets them (background checks and loopholes). I don't go around barking about 'inalienable rights' or whatever the term is. Firearms are lethal killing machines and I would like to keep them out of the hands of the mentally ill or criminals as best as we can.
For all those people out there that believe as I do that certain guardrails should be attached to ownership I think the issue tends to be more of a mechanical one. How to go about doing that becomes the issue. For me personally I am willing to offer up some inconvenience if I can contribute to that end. I felt that only parts of BM-114 had any chance of offering that, therefore I did not support it. By the same token I never for one minute felt it had anything to with my constitutional rights. I have the right to possess firearms under our constitution. I am also not an idiot. I fully understand what would constitute incremental erosion of rights, the nibbling if you will. No one has been successful in taking away that basic right.
When I render the whole thing down it doesn't really matter to me anyway. I ignore a lot of the white noise of cries for banning guns, legislation, etc.....I have always had an ironclad personal commitment that I would never surrender my guns to anyone period so a lot of this stuff doesn't get my full attention. Regardless of what goes on my guns aren't going anywhere and I have enough. I don't live in fear. Nor do I look upon my guns as anything other than what they are. They are not a lifestyle I feel the need to advertise with stickers on my truck. They are not a social statement. They are not something I am proud of. They are simply nice, pleasant guns. I get to have them because I am an American. I love to hunt and I can protect myself and my family and my country if need be.
As a side note, nobody can deny that Americans have a pretty big thirst for gun control right now. With every mass shooting coming up or heinous crime that thirst is going to grow. Essentially the gun hard liners that carp about nobody is willing to listen or negotiate or whatever are apparently the minority. The more rigid the stance becomes the more polarized the camps will become. We are living the success of their anti campaigns whether misguided or not. At this point I think responsible collaboration is going to bear a much better fruit than hyperbolic rhetoric. As far as taking shots at me, I think you already know I simply don't care that much about what someone else thinks. I just try to be honest. Having said that I also try to listen pretty good to make sure if I need to make adjustments based upon more information.
Background checks already happen. How many must be completed by an individual before a single purchase to leave you satisfied? Honest question.