Portland may be the most progressive city in the country. Considering that this is a nation with Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, that’s really saying something.
Due to the city’s size, they have an oversized impact on Oregon’s politics, and as a result, the state is pretty anti-gun. The city also has a huge homelessness problem.
Despite their gun control, though, it seems their two issues combined into one story.
Police found several guns inside a tent as they arrested a convicted felon in Portland, officials say.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, officers were called to a reported disturbance near Northwest Broadway and Northwest Davis Street. While speaking to a man inside a tent, officers reportedly noticed a gun in plain view.
Video posted on social media shows police searching the tent, finding two other loaded guns in the process.
It was after that when police learned the man is a convicted felon.
On the upside, the gentleman in question is about to have his housing problems solved. As a felon in possession of a firearm, he’s currently looking at a whole lot of time. He’s also a convicted sex offender due to a rape conviction, something he failed to register with the authorities.
Yet despite all of that and Oregon’s gun control laws, a homeless felon was able to obtain multiple firearms. Understand that felons cannot lawfully purchase firearms through any licensed gun dealer. Further, Oregon has universal background checks. That means firearms cannot be lawfully sold without going through a licensed gun dealer.
And yet, despite all of that, a convicted sex offender was able to get multiple firearms despite living in a tent.
If that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know, I don’t know what will.
Honestly, I get why he might want a gun while being homeless. There are legitimate concerns he might have with such a living situation.
But the law is what it is and people in Portland aren’t interested in changing those laws. In fact, they tend to want more of the very laws that failed them here. They want more restrictions in the mistaken belief that gun control actually works.
Meanwhile, law-abiding citizens who want to conduct a face-to-face transfer of a firearm have to go to a licensed gun dealer. That may not sound like much of a hurdle, but when you need cash after the store is closed, you can’t sell your gun to a buddy you know wants it and that you’ve known all your life and know can lawfully purchase firearms.
We don’t know how this individual got these guns. Did he steal them himself? Buy them off the black market? We simply don’t know, nor does it particularly matter. Gun control doesn’t stop people like this. It never has and it never will. If they want to find a gun badly enough, they’ll find a way.
Those laws only impact the law-abiding, thus doing nothing to make anyone any safer.