Measure 114’s Backers And Opponents: With less than a week until the midterm elections, proponents and opponents of Measure 114 are putting forward their final justifications for why the neighbourhood should support them.
From the First Baptist Church of Portland on North Vancouver Avenue, proponents marched to Dawson Park, where they held a rally in favour of the “yes” vote. Speaking at a park with a history of gun violence were neighbourhood residents, state senator Lew Fredrick, the main petitioners for the legislation, and others. A guy was shot and died in Dawson Park in the month of March.
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While acknowledging the park’s tragic past, Reverend Matt Hennessee also noted its significance in the civil rights movement. He fervently urged voters to support his position on gun control throughout the election.
Hennesse remarked, “Nowhere in 114 does it say we’re coming after your second amendment right. It’s unrelated to it, I’m afraid. People using their firearms responsibly and refraining from using them against one another is crucial.
If approved, the ballot initiative would go beyond background checks and mandate that anybody purchasing a firearm in Oregon obtain a permit, complete safety training, and register in a new database under the control of the Oregon State Police. Additionally, the law prohibits the sale and transfer of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds at once. The proposal is long overdue, according to several proponents, including Reverend Mark Knutson.
This was not feasible ten years ago, and it won’t be feasible in another ten, according to Knutson.
However, some opposed the proposal and stated there are problems. Just last week, the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association declared that it would have a negative effect on public safety.
Shane Nelson, the sheriff of Deschutes County, Oregon, said in a video posted by the group last week that it would divert scarce law enforcement resources from defending communities to background checks and licence issuance.
Nelson serves as the association’s president as well. According to him, a financial analysis of the measure’s effect on law enforcement revealed that it would cost agencies about $49 million yearly.
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Before a person buys a firearm, Oregon already has a robust background check system, according to Nelson. “This measure will produce a duplicate background system that further cuts law enforcement resources and it just doesn’t make sense,” one critic said.
While most at the event on Thursday believe Measure 114 is the solution to the state’s problem with gun violence, Nelson concluded his video by stressing that it is not.
State Senator Lew Fredrick said, “It’s not perfect and we’re going to have to work on a lot of things when it passes but it’s something that we’re finally going to get the chance to do.
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