It didn’t take them long, that is for sure. A mere two days after Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown (D) signed background checks into law, Gabby Giffords is pressing Democrats in Oregon to pass more gun control laws while they have the chance.
Giffords’ goal is for Oregon lawmakers to expand provisions of the state’s domestic violence laws to include more relationships, including “all intimate partners” and “not just those who are living together”. Giffords’ hope is that this new provision would ban a boyfriend or girlfriend from owning a gun in certain situations.
Senate Bill 525, sponsored by state senator Lauren Anderson (D-District 25), is aimed at doing just that. Giffords offered her support for the bill, saying that the restrictions are needed for the safety of all women.
Republicans and Gun Rights advocates have long feared the “snowball” effect of gun control, as some put it. Their theory has long been that if a legislature is allowed to pass one gun control measure, then everything becomes fair game. As the saying goes, “they ask for an inch and take a mile”.
Many Oregonian’s are disappointed by Governor Brown’s passing of the law, offering that she was not elected by popular vote. In February, Oregon’s previous governor John Kitzhaber, resigned following a scandal involving his fiance.
In addition, conservative’s argue that because Kitzhaber won the 2014 election by less than 6 points, despite it being his fourth term, fellow democrat Kate Brown would have lost in the same contest because of the advantage enjoyed by long-term incumbents.