Ben Nanke: His Engine is one of my favorite songs that I’ve written, but I’ve found that it is really speaking to a specific group of people – Christians who are neither of the world nor in it. While I firmly believe that, as a Christian, we’re called to step above the depravity and darkness of the world, problems arise when we try to distance and isolate ourselves from it entirely.
I don’t want to be a Christian in philosophy only; I want to make a visible difference in the lives of my fellow man, both directly by connecting with others in a meaningful way, and also indirectly by producing positive content that inspires and by working in politics and journalism to further the cause of truth and justice.
Prayer and contemplation is essential, but change occurs through our actions.
Simply put, we are God’s engine.
If you are struggling with despair or confusion in this broken world we live in, and feel like there’s nothing you can do, I hope this song speaks to you. Thanks for listening!
With major thanks to the Oregon Firearms Federation, below you will find yet MORE insane gun legislation being introduced in Salem.
The following are gun bills released so far. Bills with an “X” before them are anti-gun bills. Those with a “+” before them are pro-gun bills, and those with nothing before them are either neutral or simply make no sense.
X SB 346 Creates crime of unlawfully transferring large capacity magazine. Punishes by maximum of one year’s imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both
X SB 347 Modifies crime applicable to possession of firearm, or instrument used as dangerous weapon, while in or on school grounds. Requires entity controlling school grounds to adopt written policy before concealed handgun licensees may assert affirmative defense to crime.
+SB 542 Removes Department of State Police as designated state point of contact for purposes of National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Requires gun dealer to obtain authorization to transfer firearm directly from system.
+SB 647 Removes Department of State Police as designated state point of contact for purposes of National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Requires gun dealer to obtain authorization to transfer firearm directly from system.
+SB 696 Modifies exemption from execution applicable to certain firearms.
X SB 699 Bans licensed carry in the Capitol.(Burdick’s Revenge)
X SB 700 “Universal” Background Checks
+SB 713 Permits firearms training facilities in exclusive farm use zones.
X SB 758 Requires person that owns firearm to obtain and maintain in effect liability insurance policy that covers firearm and complies with provisions specifying coverage and other requirements for li- ability insurance policy. (AND LOTS MORE…)
X SB 760 For purposes of invoking justification for use of physical force, requires person who uses phys- ical force in self-defense to make good faith effort to retreat.
X SB 796 Requires person applying for concealed handgun license to pass firing range test. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
+ HB 2365 Authorizes county sheriff to waive residency requirement for concealed handgun license if applicant resides in another state. (Allows residents of any state to apply for a CHL in Oregon)
+HB 2366 Removes Department of State Police as designated state point of contact for purposes of National Criminal Background Check System
+ HB 2367 Provides nonresidents who are authorized to carry concealed handgun in another state with protections provided to persons with Oregon concealed handgun license
+ HB 2368 Modifies circumstances under which public body may disclose concealed handgun license information.
+ HB 2369 Provides honorably retired law enforcement officers with protections provided to Oregon con- cealed handgun license holders
+ HB 2376 Modifies s authority of county sheriff related to issuance and revocation of concealed handgun license.
+ HB 2377 Authorizes issuance of concealed handgun license to person convicted or diverted for certain marijuana offenses in another jurisdiction, if conviction or diversion is equivalent to conviction or diversion that does not operate as bar to obtaining license under Oregon law.
Expands class of marijuana convictions that do not operate as bar to obtaining concealed handgun license to include misdemeanor conviction for possession of marijuana that was committed before possession of less than one ounce was made punishable solely by fine under Oregon law.
HB 2588 Directs Department of State Police to identify states that recognize Oregon concealed handgun licenses and that impose eligibility requirements for issuing concealed handgun licenses that are substantially similar to Oregon requirements.
Provides nonresidents who are licensed to carry concealed handgun in state identified by Department of State Police with defenses provided to persons with Oregon concealed handgun license. Prohibits arrest of nonresidents who possess valid concealed handgun license issued in state whose license is verifiable through use of national law enforcement data system.
Prohibits issuance of Oregon concealed handgun license to person convicted of, or found guilty except for insanity of, misdemeanor involving violence.
HB 2589 Eliminates requirement that concealed handgun licensee be resident of county in which license is issued.
Modifies fees related to issuance of concealed handgun license.
+ HB 2605 Modifies certain law enforcement defenses applicable to certain firearms-related crimes
+HB 2843 Allows off-duty law enforcement officers to possess firearms in public buildings.
+HB 2910 Allows corrections officer employed by Department of Corrections to lawfully possess weapon in locked box in officer’s personal vehicle parked in department parking lot while officer is present at department in official capacity.
+ HB 2911 Allows corrections officer employed by Department of Corrections to lawfully possess weapon in locked box in officer’s personal vehicle parked in department parking lot while officer is present at department in official capacity.
+HB 3006 Invalidates federal firearm laws in State of Oregon. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
+HB 3009 Provides certain persons with right to possess firearm on college or university grounds. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
X HB 3114 Authorizes public universities, Oregon Health and Science University and community college districts to prohibit possession of firearms on campus, including by persons with concealed handgun licenses. Eliminates exemption for crime of possession of firearm in public building for person with concealed handgun license if university or district has prohibited such possession.Declares emergency, effective on passage. (The gun ban is buried on page 65 of this 66 page bill.)
X HB 3200 Bans virtually all modern firearms and magazines, allows for warrantless searches of gun owners’ homes.
X HB 3261 Establishes refundable credit against personal income taxes for purchase of qualifying gun safes. Applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2013, and before January 1, 2015. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die. (Well meaning, but a terrible idea. Identifies gun owners, sets the stage for mandatory storage requirements.)
X HB 3412 Establishes Task Force on Reducing Gun Violence. Sunsets task force on date of convening of 2015 regular session of Legislative Assembly. Declares emergency, effective on passage. (Stupid waste of money. Another “emergency.)
X HB 3413 Creates crime of endangering a minor by allowing access to a firearm. Punishes by maximum of one year’s imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both.Prohibits transfer of firearm to person convicted of endangering a minor by allowing access to a firearm for five-year period after conviction.Requires gun dealer to post notice concerning obligation to prevent minors from accessing firearm without consent of firearm owner or minor’s parent or guardian. (Another bill Mark Haas needs to take his name off. Forbids your 17 year old daughter from using one of your firearms to defend herself in her own home.)
SALEM, OREGON: Two days after Senate Democrats claimed they would not seek a ban on modern firearms and feeding devices, Democrats in the Oregon House introduced just that.
Seven Senators joined with eight House Reps to introduce a sweeping ban on virtually all modern firearms. Among the Senators is, of course, Ginny Burdick, who claimed on Wednesday “that she is backing off an attempt to push through a bill on gun clips that she drafted following the December shootings at the Clackamas Mall.” The other sponsors are:
Representatives BAILEY, BUCKLEY, DEMBROW, FREDERICK, READ, REARDON, TOMEI, Senators , DINGFELDER, HASS, MONNES- ANDERSON, MONROE, SHIELDS, STEINER- HAYWARD.
I have the sneaking suspicion that this is an Overton Window ploy on the part of the Democrats in the Oregon legislature. Put forth an outrageous, naked attempt to ban guns and when the people predictably get pissed off – step back and make “common sense” compromises. They will water down their bill and still get to incrementally strip Oregonians of their 2nd Amendment rights – just a little bit at a time. This must be stopped cold – no compromise, no horse trading, STOPPED! Democrats have proven time and again that they cannot be trusted – they will lie, cheat and steal to push their agenda. Gloves off friends – we are in the fight of our lives and failure is not an option!
Read more at Oregon Firearms Federation here
Salem, OR: Hundreds of Oregonians gathered today at the Capitol in Salem, Oregon despite the still winter-like weather and the fact that today was a work day for many. Cold hands were wrapped around coffee served by Coffee In Motion, making the damp, chilly temperatures tolerable as we listened to speakers share their thoughts on gun control, unalienable rights and freedom.
I took a vacation day from work so that I could attend and as I strolled through the assembled crowd I was struck again by the dishonest and scandalous way we are portrayed in the media. Too often it is as snaggle-toothed mouth breathers, barely able to put two words together, or as wild-eyed extremists on the par with the worst villains in history. What I saw today were families, couples, young men and women, bikers, and a father with his small son who was thrilled to have just been given a badge sticker by a law enforcement officer. I also met two gentlemen who graciously gave me money to purchase more reference cards to hand out when the “free” ones I had requested from Capitol staff ran out. To these men I say thank you, thank you for trusting me to do what I said I would do. I was able to hand out an additional 280 reference cards thanks to their generosity!
These people are among the best of our community – law abiding citizens who are fed up with government infringement on our rights and the intrusion into their lives.
My hope is that some elected officials took a moment out of their day to cross the street and chat with their constituents, spend a moment or two engaging in conversation about how their decisions effect the people who elected them to serve. Unfortunately, most of these legislators were not actually on the premises today so, they missed a golden opportunity to take the pulse of the people, to see and to hear what matters to Oregonians.