‘Glock block’ — I’m moving to Oregon!

Glock blockJune 19, 2013

By John Seiler

This is heroic. The sheriffs in Clackamas County in Oregon have been eating too many donuts while waiting for their pensions. So crime has been rising. Now, the residents of Jennings Lodge neighborhood are taking their defense into their own hands: They declared it a “Glock Block,” protected by residents with conceal-carry permits packing heat. According to KOIN.com:

“‘We’re starting a new group,’ said Coy Tolonen, who lives in unincorporated Clackamas County. ‘We don’t feel neighborhood watch is sufficient, and we don’t feel the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is sufficient.’

“Tolomon and a group of Jennings Lodge neighbors say they’re responding to escalating crime on their block by also making fliers that read ‘This is a Glock block. We don’t call 911.’

“It’s mostly petty crime that neighbors are sick and tired of:  stolen lawn ornaments, vandalism.  But for neighbors like Tolonen, a breast-cancer survivor, that’s enough: ‘I will defend myself — and my home,”’she told KOIN 6 News.

“Tolonen recently had a beloved statue she calls ‘Lilly Rose’ stolen off her front porch. She said she even saw the man who stole it and tried to chase him down — but he got away.

“This was the last straw for Tolonen, who decided to take a class to get her concealed carry permit.

“’I think more people should be trained, [with] permits to carry,’ she said.”

This would be impossible in most areas of California, because our laws allow local sheriffs to decide who gets a conceal-carry permit. And almost all sheriffs in populous areas keep the permits to a minimum. Even in “conservative” Orange County, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has allowed very few permits. In fact, as gun scholar John Lott has proved, the drop in crime nationally the past 20 years largely is due to the spread of conceal-carry laws that have armed honest citizens against brutal criminals.

In California, the politicians want us to continue to be at the mercy of the brutal criminals.

Oregon, although a liberal “Left Coast” Blue State, is much better on gun rights than California — and on taxes as well. It has no state sales tax. And its income tax rates are lower than California’s.

Oregon — here I come!

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  1. Richard Rider
    Richard Rider 19 June, 2013, 09:53

    Whoa John. Don’t leave. We need you here!

    Moreover, Oregon has a MUCH higher income tax than California — for people making less than $1,000,000 or so. Its rate increases kick in sooner, and are much higher percentages than most Californians face.
    http://www.tax-brackets.org/oregontaxtable
    vs.
    http://www.tax-brackets.org/californiataxtable

    Actually, for over half of Californians, our state income tax is low compared to MOST other states. For instance, a family of four with no itemized deductions and making a modest $50K in income will pay only $73 state income tax. If they make $40K, they get money BACK in the form of generous tax credits similar to the federal EITC.

    Hence most Californians don’t feel put upon by our state income tax — blithely voting to raise the tax rates — on someone ELSE. After all, we ARE a “progressive” state.

    So John, if you DO decide to move, there are better choices than Oregon. For the truly tax adverse, move to Washington state — just north of the Oregon border. No state income taxes, and do your shopping in sales tax free Oregon (breaking Washington state “use tax” laws, but you’re used to living on the edge, so to speak).

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 19 June, 2013, 12:43

    Oregon has government help you self assisted death…..between Obama death panels and state assisted death……your a virtual gonner!

    Stay here…feed fodder to the gloom/doom CWD groupies…or the white coats will round them up!

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  3. Richard Rider
    Richard Rider 19 June, 2013, 14:31

    OOPS! While my FACTS are correct, my references were not. Outdated website info. Not that anyone cares.

    For the ONE person that does, here’s the correct Oregon reference:
    http://www.oregon.gov/dor/forms/personal/publication-17-5_101-431_2012.pdf page 132

    And here’s the correct CA URL for our tax rates:
    https://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/2012_california_tax_rates_and_exemptions.shtml
    NOTE: The FTB tries to mislead about the millionaires tax max rate — claiming in the table it’s “only” 12.3%. But it’s really 13.3%, which they mention elsewhere in an obscure paragraph (1% extra for “mental health”).

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  4. double l
    double l 21 June, 2013, 12:35

    According to a recent report, CA prisons are over crowded by 9,000 inmates. If they are released we are going to see trying times. Where are the vigilantes when you need them?

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