Sunday, February 28, 2010

Some Gun Owners Caucus business

I have a brief bit of GOC business I want to share:

  • First Quarter 2010 Gun Owner’s Caucus Meeting
    • On Sunday March 7th 10:30am -12:00pm
    • At the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River Oregon
    • This is the site of the State Central Committee Meeting this quarter. More info can be found here: http://www.oregondemocrats.org/scc
    • Please join us. An agenda was just sent out in email.
    • You must be a registered Democrat and a GOC Member to vote at the meeting, but everyone is welcome.

  • The GOC online signup form is fixed. If you had trouble accessing the form previously, please try again: http://www.oregondemocrats.org/node/1529. The form was coming up blank for Internet Explorer 7.0 users, but that has been corrected.


Now back to regular Blog posts!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Gratuitous Paraphernalia - Share Your Gun Bling

I don't hoard of lot of gun culture "bling" but now and then I find something that I like too much to pass up:


This hat button is from Bob Zimmer; Blue Steel Democrat, caucus member, former Multnomah Co. sheriff, one-time gunshot victim (no permanent damage, thankfully), and ardent 2nd Amendment supporter. Bob believes these buttons were promos given out in the early 70s.

Be assured, Bob, it's worn with pride.

Anybody else got some favorite bling to share? Post it in the comments.

-Z.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Vast Left Wing Conspiracy to promote the Second Amendment

Guest Column by "KVoimakas," founder of RKBA on Daily Kos:
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There is a new pro-2A group on DKos. We're dedicated to informing and educating any liberals on the political hazards of gun control and the history of the Second Amendment. We cover serious discussion, ranging from the Heller court case and the intent of the founding fathers to lighter conversation about what each individual members owns.

For those who don't know, DailyKos.com is a Democratic, partisan blog. The founder of Daily Kos (kos himself) is Markos Moulitsas. He had this to say in early 2010 about his website:

"Daily Kos will be what Daily Kos is, and that oftentimes evolves. I know everyone wants their clearly defined rules, but nothing is that simple. This site is CERTAINLY NOT for all Democrats. Joe Lieberman learned that. Blanche Lincoln is about to learn it. This site is about more and better Democrats, not necessarily in that order."

Gun rights are not a right wing issue.
Gun rights are an American citizen's issue. More gun control equals lost elections for the Democrats. Look back at '94 after the "assault weapons ban" (what a joke for the name, by the way) was passed. Clinton himself said that the NRA could be given credit for the Republican takeover of Congress. (What good could Clinton have done with a liberal/progressive Congress? I would think it'd be a lot better than what the Republican Congress ended up doing.)

Our mission statement is as follows:

"RKBA is a DKos group of second amendment supporters who also have progressive and liberal values. We don't think that being a liberal means one has to be anti-gun. Some of us are extreme in our Second Amendment views (no licensing, no restrictions on small arms) and some of us are more moderate (licensing in some instances) Moderate or extreme, we hold one common belief: more gun control equals lost elections. We don't want a repeat of 1994.

We are an inclusive group: if you see the Second Amendment as safeguarding our right to keep and bear arms individually, then come join us in our conversation. If you are against the right to keep and bear arms, come join our conversation. We look forward to seeing you.

RKBA stands for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms."

Daily Kos RKBA look forward to greeting any newcomers. If you'd like to join the RKBA mailing list, please email us at dkos.rkba at gmail.com with your DKos username and if you'd like to be added to the private email list (BCC) or the public (TO) email list.

Welcome to the conversation!

-KVoimakas