A rally to protest the passage and signing of Oregon’s “background check” bill and to spread a message of noncompliance is scheduled at the State Capitol in Salem for Saturday at noon, the “SB 941 I Will Not Comply” Facebook page announces.
The bill was signed on May 11 by Gov. Kate Brown, who gave the unfounded justification that its enactment would “keep our kids, schools and communities safe.” Per those opposed to the new law, including some sheriffs who have called it “deeply flawed,” and others who have refused to enforce it (like Grant County’s Glenn Palmer, who called it “borderline treasonous,” and Josephine County’s Dave Daniel), this is a window-dressing/gun owner harassment measure that will have zero effect on violent crime. Despite assurances from legislators like Dan Rayfiled that he does “not want to register anyone’s guns,” a National Institute of Justice summary spilled the beans that “Effectiveness depends on the ability to reduce straw purchasing, requiring gun registration.”
The “victory” for the gun-grabbers came after an infusion of Bloomberg capital, with $600,000 thrown at the 2014 elections. The AstroTurf “coalition” Oregonians for Background Checks is “paid for by Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund,” which in turn was registered as a “public benefit” nonprofit in Oregon in 2013, as part of a strategy to establish entities in all the states that this column warned about at the time.
Standing against politicians bought by a billionaire obsessed with controlling others are defiant gun owners, who will not comply and who will not back down.
“We will form up on the capitol steps in Salem to make sure [Gov. Brown] knows just how many people she made into criminals in one stroke of a pen,” rally organizers tell their Facebook followers. “There will be speakers there for your education and entertainment while we show our noncompliance!”
“While the page doesn’t specifically encourage people to openly violate this new law, it can be expected that several people in attendance will buy, sell, and trade firearms without going through the background check, similar to the Washington ‘I Will Not Comply’ rally that took place last December in Olympia,” Michael Strickland noted on Gateway Pundit earlier this month. “There has been some confusion as to whether or not Oregon’s new law is actually in effect or not. The first page of the actual bill says it goes into effect immediately upon passage, but the end of the bill says certain sections don’t go into law until 90 days after passage, which would push it out to the first week of August.”
Regardless of whatever the political establishment dictates, principled civil disobedience is a proud liberty tradition. While that’s a relatively new paradigm for many gun owners, it’s becoming increasingly accepted as necessary when all other means of peaceably safeguarding rights have been closed off and the decision is reduced to obey and surrender, or disobey and defy. It’s the basis of the grassroots “I Will Not Comply” movement, albeit one most traditional gun rights advocacy groups, that rely on legislative relationships and access, have not yet figured out how to handle. Neither have doctrinaire anti-gun newspaper editors, reduced to impotently demanding heads when the mass enforcement bluff has been called.
A speaker’s list (subject to change) has been posted, and it includes some names longtime readers of this column will find familiar, including Mike Vanderboegh, Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers, Kevin Starrett of Oregon Firearms Federation, and others.
“[W]e will all be held to a five to ten minute limit. I’m looking forward to seeing the Washington state folks, Oath Keepers and Three Percenters out there, Vanderboegth told readers at his Sipsey Street Irregulars blog Wednesday before beginning the long trek from his home in Alabama. “I’ll be pulling out of here late morning to rendezvous with my co-driver and then on to the Beaver State.”
The Capitol is located at 900 Court Street NE, 160 Salem, OR 97301. Parking is available at various lots and meters.