Judge’s Courtroom Rant against Guns Warrants Filing Citizen Complaints

By David Codrea

Judge Walker put his disagreement with the U.S. and Oregon Constitutions on display along with his disqualifying biases. [Photo: Screenshot, The Oregonian, Facebook post.]
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “If I could I would take all the guns in America, put them on big barges and go dump them in the ocean,” Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Walker proclaimed while addressing a cowardly killer who scoffed at gun laws and evidently assassinated the wrong target. “Nobody would have a gun. Not police, not security, not anybody. We should eliminate all of them.” [See video here.]

Sure seems like a good reason to disarm all of us who didn’t do anything bad, no? Although how the robed incompetent expects police to catch and bring such murderers into his courtroom remained unstated.

And so much for the false narrative from the left that “no one wants to take your guns.” Of course they do. That “common sense gun safety” line is just for the rubes.

Walker went on to wish for Australian-style citizen disarmament, called guns a “scourge,” and claimed there is “no defense to guns … just absolutely no reason to have them.”

He did acknowledge with regret that “it is a right of people in this country to own and possess them, and I will not say anything to affect that right.”

He kind of already did. Perhaps he felt compelled to add that because he has not yet ordered court security to disarm. Or perhaps there’s a more self-serving reason he remembered to mention it.

Judge Walker’s outburst make it fair to question how serious he can be about keeping faith with his oath of office, which is required in accordance with Article VI of the U.S. Constitution and § 1.212 of Oregon Revised Statutes. His oath applies to both the Second Amendment as well as to Article I. Sec. 27 of the Oregon Bill of Rights, which states:

The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defence [sic] of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power[.]

Perhaps Walker feels his last-minute addendum gives him cover.

The thing is, he’s also made it fair to question how someone on trial for a gun-related offense can reasonably expect fair treatment in his courtroom. That’s also a requirement from the Oregon Code of Judicial Conduct, which compels, among other non-negotiable mandates, compliance with Rule 3.3, “Impartiality and Fairness,” and Rule 3.10, “Disqualification”:

A judge shall uphold and apply the law and perform all duties of judicial office, including administrative duties, fairly, impartially, and without bias or prejudice…

A judge shall not, in the performance of judicial duties, by words or conduct, manifest bias or prejudice…

A judge shall not take any action or make any comment that a reasonable person would expect to impair the fairness of a matter pending or impending in any Oregon court…

A judge shall disqualify himself or herself in any proceeding in which a reasonable person would question the judge's impartiality…

It would appear that only an unreasonable person would not question Judge Walker’s impartiality when it comes to guns.

So what can be done? In a just world, he’d be impeached. There certainly are grounds for it. Here's how to get that process started.

If I were an Oregon gun owner, I’d be inclined to fill out a complaint form and send it to the Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability. They’d be required to advance it through their system, it would be something to rally other gun owners around, and it would demonstrate to the public that there’s no place for bias on the bench — regardless of the issue. It would also let the judgment-impaired judge know that — contrary to the intemperate arrogance that makes him think a courtroom is a forum for his un-American bias — he’s just a lousy employee, not a ruler.

David Codrea in his natural habitat.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 19 thoughts on “Judge’s Courtroom Rant against Guns Warrants Filing Citizen Complaints

    1. Stupidity, as usual, is the problem. Second seems to be that this person is a lawyer. Third, he is in a place her perceives to have power rather than doing the job he is supposed to do and keeping his own preferences to himself.
      Fourth and final for me, he is a left wing, brainwashed, or bought and paid for entity.

    2. Says a Judge protected by Courtroom Police Officers and Security…… Does anyone else see the hipocrasy here?

    3. Good luck getting him removed. Multnomah County, where 25 year olds go to retire. It’s full of hippie, beatnik, pot smoking, gun hating, granola eating, crappy beer drinking, Subaru driving, homosexual, earth muffins.
      This guy is probably a local hero. He’ll hold that seat as long as he wants.
      Oh, and hipsters. I forgot the new trendy hipsters. Nothing is more cool than the look and smell of being homeless.

    4. Does Oregon have judicial elections and recall like California? In Cali judges may be appointed initially, but they must stand for election. You can petition to recall, gather valid signatures equal to 20% of votes cast in his race in the prior election, and he will be on a special ballot for recall. Since few folks vote in judicial elections, the signature requirement is low. In some cases it’s a percentage of the county, but if the county population is small, again, low signature requirement. I looked at the possibility of recalling the Ventura county judge who rubber stamped an asset forfeiture warrant on Don Scott, an innocent man, and it turned out to be Scott’s death warrant. Qualifying a recall would’ve required only a few thousand signatures. Even professional signature gathering would’ve only cost $10k or so, and it might’ve been done all-volunteer. Unfortunately something worse than clouds got in my way.

      In any case, if the recall qualifies for the ballot, a special election (low turnout) is held, and the gun grabbing prick has to get 50% to survive. Part two of the ballot can have any number of candidates to replace him by plurality, all of whom will be campaigning for the recall in a low-turnout election. At the very least, if this recourse is available on Oregon, it would make this gun grabbing prick suffer and spend money. And it could bounce him. Either way, it sends a message to other gun grabbing pricks and drains money from the corrupt donors who support gun grabbing pricks.

      I don’t think it’s ever been done in Cali, not for over 100 years anyway, but it’s ripe.

    5. My father always said that amount of formal education and common sense are inversely proportional. Maybe he was right. It is amazing how seemingly very well educated people cannot read and comprehend very simple studies on crime rates, types of crimes and number of firearms owned by citizens. While human nature will never allow you to stop all violent crime, if the criminal knows that their chances of survival greatly decrease in a well armed and trained society, they tend to not perform their originally intended actions. This is a plain and simple fact.

      So my sentence for the judge is 30 days in jail and he must read every gun study compiled and produced in the last 25 years. Maybe we’ll get lucky.

      1. 30 days is a start. He should LOOSE his law license forever and be thrown off of the bench and banned from all public service offices.

    6. The judge did a wonderful thing, he told the truth on the record and on video. Now he can be an example. Here in Kansas we elect our judges to the district courts.

      I presume the judge wasn’t able to see that the man on trial was a violent criminal who probably already had a criminal conviction and wasn’t able to legally possess any gun. Poor judge, trapped by his left leaning liberal Democrat brainwashing.

      Suicide you honor, if a gun is used it is just because its convenient. Do away with guns and you’d better outlaw buildings taller than 10 feet. Better put a cover on all the lakes and rivers too. Automobiles, a 5 mph governor and automatic brakes. Better outlaw wire, cable and topes, people might hang themselves.

      1. And criminalize drugs, since they subsidize the murderous drug cartel that steal, sell and use illegal firearms.

    7. This moron of a judge cant figure it out, In my 60 years I”ve seen more voilence from the lack of family
      developement, a family in our now united states could consist of 2 fathers, or 2 mothers, or just a mother or a father.
      Our family units are a thing of the past, our morals are a developement of our society and the more we go with
      oregons morally corrupt systems the worse its gonna get. someone should take this MORON out on a barge
      and dump him

    8. This column needs to be shared all over oregon and the internet in general. What a disgrace! At least this leftist was honest about his views though. Almost all of the left feel the same way, but have been forced to lie after losing so many national elections as a result.

    9. I had a bad neighbor brandish a machete at another neighbor and my security camera caught it. So I did the right thing and testified against the bad neighbor. This OreTard judge put the bad neighbor under his personal probation and then allowed that bad neighbor to harass and threaten me. This “judge” needs to be removed from the bench.

    10. As an Oregunian and a volunteer with Oregon Firearms Federation I am exploring your recommendation. It seems that most of our activists are inclined to give up an afternoon or a day to protest at the capitol. It would be nice to give them something tangible to rally around.


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