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I hope this was thumb typed on an old cellphone by a very hungover person who is not a native English speaker because that is the only thing that would justify publishing some of the painful phrases, tortured structure and general not-telling-the-reader-what-actually-happened-ness of this blog entry.
"The measure narrow passed with a 15-14 vote." EXCEPT THAT THE MEASURE DIDN'T PASS.
BUT REALLY, FOR ME, IT'S ZIELINSKI'S CAVALIER ATTITUDE IN REGARDS TO ATTEMPTS BY THE STATE TO ERODE CIVIL LIBERTIES. I CAN SEE NO CLEAR REASON FOR THE STATE TO KEEP SPECIFIC TRACK OF AND SHARE INFORMATION IN REGARDS TO PEOPLE WHO WISH TO ENJOY THEIR CIVIL LIBERTIES. THAT DIRECTION LEADS TO AN OBVIOUS SLIPPERY SLOPE. IF A GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY REQUIRES THAT TYPE OF INFORMATION, LET THEM GO TO COURT EACH AND EVERY TIME AND SHOW CLEARLY WHY THEY NEED THAT INFORMATION.
"Now, you'll never know if that lurky kid sitting next to you in lecture is packing heat."
BECAUSE WE SHOULD AUTOMATICALLY ASSUME THAT ASOCIAL KIDS HAVE GUNS. GOOD JOB, ALEX. GOOD FUCKING JOB.
Just a note-
I am a genderqueer persyn, a Union Organizer, was discharged from the military as a Conscientious Objector, work for a community sustainability non-profit, etc. On the surface I could be a poster child of 'progressive' Portlandians.
And I carry a concealed handgun. I hold a valid Oregon CHL. I support other queer folk, feminists, anti-racists, folks of color, those who experience the most violence in this society, to have the knowledge, skills, and tools to defend our bodies, space, and communities. I also believe that our privacy should be respected. I have had folks in my community targeted, with the underlying theme many times being that they were targeted for empowering themselves in the face of systemic oppression. Folks who retain defensive tools to protect themselves from queer bashing, sexual violence, and domestic abuse (just to name a few threats) should not have to worry about predatory individuals checking a list to see what means of defense they retain.
Violence prevention is a centrally important issue in our times. As we wrestle with the questions and complexities this presents, let's respect the gravity of the situation enough to refrain from pretending that issues such as gun ownership are cut and dry, 'liberal'/'conservative' questions. The breakdown is never that clean.
If you would like to do more reading on this topic before writing your next (hopefully better informed) article, here are some places to look:
Deacons for Defense and Justice (google it)
Justice is a Woman with a Sword by D.A Clark
There is of course much, much, more that you will find if you where to continue to honestly explore the diversity of perspectives that exist within progressive circles regarding self defense and guns.
I feel like we've made real progress today. Why don't you try to reflect on it in your journal?
The Creepy: so the bill that would forbid the sharing of info was "slashed." I assume that means fail? So that means agencies *can* share info? So then I don't understand why you wrote "So much for ever linking handgun holders with gun-related crimes."
I'm confused. Where's Mirk?