You can’t have it both ways

By Nathan Barton

Two news stories out of Oregon today.  From Estacada comes a truly macabre story about a man carrying the severed head of his mother and stabbing a grocery store clerk.

On Friday the 26th, according to the Oregonian, on the Portland MAX public transit train  a man accosted two Muslim girls, and then killed two and wounded a third with a knife when they came to the girls’ defense.  The man with the knife is reported to be a racist hatemonger (according to the infamous SPLC) and the Oregonian stories quickly linked him to pro-Trump rallies and protests.

A year and a half ago (October 2015), a community college in Oregon was the scene of a mass killing in which ten (including the killer) died.

Keep in mind, please, this is Oregon, and these things happened in the Willamette Valley, the greenest of green liberal paradises here on earth, full of peace and good will, and is a land of pacifism as it has been from the beginning.

(Ignore that fiddling bit of trivia in their state constitution that says “The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defence of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power[.]  Art. I, § 27 (enacted 1857, art. I, § 28). It was just for show, or just when there wuz wild injuns around.)

Indeed, Oregon is one of the very few Fifty States that has NO major military base: no large Army or Air Force installations, just an Army depot and a small naval installation (which may be on the north side of the Columbia River in Washington, where the old US Army Fort Vancouver is located).  It has National Guard armories and Reserve centers, but I recall reading that the state was selected as the original location for the US Air Force Academy, but turned down the honor, back in the 1950s.

This may be a result of its Anglo settlement pattern, starting with the Lee and Whitman Christian missionary and settlement efforts in the 1830s, long before Oregon Country was annexed by the United States in 1848.  In fact, the settlements in the Williamette Valley had their own, self-organized, government from 1841 to 1848, with no legal ties either to the British Crown or to the United States, although both nations claimed it.

Be that as it may, Oregon is not a violent society, or at least it did not used to be.  But it is also a relatively unarmed society.  All of these incidents COULD have ended with much less bloodshed.  We’ll probably never know what caused the guy to cut his mom’s head off, but someone armed in the grocery store could have prevented further violence.  If any of the Good Samaritans in the train had been armed, likely NONE of them would have been killed or injured by this  hateful man.  And in 2015, again – well, schools and colleges are soft targets.

Oregon’s legacy is killing people.  We can (and should) forgive those who sin against us, if they repent of what they’ve done.  But the time to forgive is not while they are still attacking and killing us or those around us. Stopping a killer in the beginning (or middle) of his spree of wounding and killing is not vengeance, not revenge, and not “vigilante justice.”

And one thing is clear: the people of Oregon are NOT being “protected” by their police and their society’s dislike of weapons: hoplophobia and hoploclasia. Served, maybe: someone gets to come in and pick up the pieces.  But far, far better if the pieces they pick up belonged to the would-be killer and not his victims.

About tpolnathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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3 Responses to You can’t have it both ways

  1. Unclezip says:

    The head case (!) comes from Colton, which used to be a very pretty Lutheran community in the foothills outside Estacada. It’s now a tweeker paradise, and nobody was particularly surprised at this little episode. We reside in the upper Willamette valley (actually, geographically lower), and it’s normally very peaceful.

    Oregon is definitely an anti-gun state, but it’s you’re okay if you stay away from Porkland, Salem, or Eugene, and the California enclave, Bend. The rest of the state is decidedly conservative working-class Americans – just outvoted by the communists. We’ve got maybe eight or so years left here, and then back to Georgia.

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    • MamaLiberty says:

      Pretty much the same story as a lot of other places. California wouldn’t be a bad place at all if it were not for the liberal/idiot population of cities like San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles. People I know say that Illinois would be a great state if it were not for Chicago and related metro areas. We’re getting into the same boat here in rural Wyoming, since the vast majority of the population lives in the liberal wannabe cities – all three of them. Cheyenne, Laramie and Casper are the largest, with significant numbers of statists in Jackson Hole and Gillette. They’ve already bought into so much of the “green” nonsense that the coal and oil backbone of the state is nearly broken. And none of them seem to have a clue about real economics or actual freedom. But at least most of us out in the sticks are well armed, and intend to stay that way. 🙂

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    • Nathan Barton says:

      From friends and contacts I know that the dry side of Oregon is much much different, but the state is run by the 4 or 5 to one who live in the Williamette Valley and nearby. Very similar to Washington or (as Mama pointed out) California.
      You may have 8 years or so left there, but does Oregon as a state have that long?

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