Questionall 1 year, 1 month ago on Umatilla County residents voice concerns over safety

This been a ongoing problem - thefts, drug use, etc & so many folks calling the sheriff's office just to hear that they don't have deputy in the area, we can't do anything about it, etc. Folks have taken steps to protect themselves - locking doors, locking up equipment, dogs, carrying a guns, etc. We aren't dumb hicks with guns that want to go shoot everyone in sight. Our community, neighbors, and family members have reached the breaking point - folks have realized that they CAN'T depend on law enforcement to protect them and are choosing to protect their own - it could be called vigilante justice, but I would rather have my family sitting across from me at the dinner table than be sitting at a funeral because I waited for law enforcment to show up. I would like to know exactly what steps have been taken to address this issue before something like this happened & if the community hadn't gotten in an uprage, would ANYTHING have been done? Don't mollycoddle me & give me dribble that you think I want to hear to get you re-elected, tell me the bottom line - what has been done & what will be done in the immediate future to address this issue...

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Questionall 1 year, 2 months ago on Why are kids killing kids?

Our kids see violence every day on tv, video games, sometimes even at home or in their community. They are becoming immune to the consequences of actions - that tv character shows up in another show, the video game resets itself, life goes on. Technology doesn't give a cooling off period from the bully at school, the teacher who made a comment in class, etc. Your upset with someone? Text them, facebook them, call them, email them, etc. and spread it to others at the speed of light. I for one am thankful that I was able to have my high school years without all of these advances ~ nobody called my home after 8pm, I didn't have my own computer or cellphone to make fun of somebody else or have someone make fun of me, and I was held accountable for my actions. Several folks had guns in the gun racks of the old truck - you might get a chance to go hunting before or after school, it was never a thought to threaten someone else with it. Our kids have less and less stable home lifes, poor role models, and more social pressures than ever before. Mental health support isn't keeping up. Our society needs to step up to the plate as parents and mentors ~ saving our kids starts at home.

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Questionall 1 year, 2 months ago on Man arrested after pursuit from Milton-Freewater to Lowden

He had just gotten out of jail...Was he missing something he needed to go back for? He could have killed someone with his stupid choices. What a loser, I hope he gets a lengthy sentence and rots in jail. One less druggie on the streets!

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Questionall 1 year, 2 months ago on Court Report - Superior court

How many times is this guy going to get off before he spends some serious time away? Really, isn't this his 3rd or 4th vehicle chase he's been in? He's going to kill someone if this doesn't stop.

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Questionall 1 year, 3 months ago on Sales of AR-style rifles, ammo spike up

Peggy Joy ~ Can I ask where you have studied that you are able to identify that anyone who isn't agreeing with your point is "insane"? Or is this just a word that you regularly through out?

I also find it interesting that you know the personal stories of all these individuals and can say that NOT ONE would know the feeling of gun pointed at them. I myself have had a gun pointed at me by someone with a serious mental health issue. He was able to be talked down and tragedy was avoided. You are right, it is a life changer and not something that anyone should experience. However, it solidifies my feeling that I will not be a victim nor will I allow only criminals to have weapons while the masses obey laws. I have a constitutional right to own a gun. I have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that it is safe and used responsibly. No one has anything to fear my any of my guns unless they are threatening my family or myself. I would rather have my gun for a hundred years and never use it, than to have one moment that I could have reacted to save someone.

You have the right to not own a gun. You have the right to not have a gun in your home. However, you do not have the right to tell me that I should give my firearms up. Mass shootings are a senseless tragedy, I feel deeply for the individuals affected. Don't make this into a situation where many are punished for the actions of the few. I feel gang ties and mental health issues need to be addressed for gun ownership - if this means a tax on ammunition or better screening process to identify issues, then lets work on that. The answer is not in taking guns away, but in finding ways to prevent tragedies. It could have easily been a bomb, made with easy to obtain ingredients and directions from a google search, under a school bus or inside the school that took so many innocents. Making accusations, calling people insane, or telling them to grow up when the opinion is different than yours only makes YOU look unhinged.

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Questionall 1 year, 3 months ago on Sales of AR-style rifles, ammo spike up

As a woman who owns guns, shoots regularly, and has no plans to go out and kill anyone - I find your question offensive. I have absolutely no plans to rid myself of my "toys" and do not feel it is within anyone's right to tell me to do so or even that I should. The only one who has anything to fear from my guns is the one who tries to hurt my family or myself. Additionally, it was my idea to purchase my son is first .22 and I was the first one to take him shooting with a bb gun when he was 5. Only pop cans were hurt in that adventure, but he has developed a respect for guns, knows safety measures, and I feel safe in knowing that if he is faced with a friend showing him a gun or coming across one in someone else's home, he would act responsibly.

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