DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS: New Mexico governor overstepped the law of the land; will she be made an example since the sheriff won’t uphold it and the criminals aren’t even listening?
You must wonder if she thought she would get away with it?
Heck, she still might the way people these days just don’t want to cause waves.
You better cause waves because if not, it will be coming to your doorstep next.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham was clearly not reading the room. Now New Mexico Representatives Stefani Lord and John Block have asked legal counsel to start the process for impeachment of Grisham according to a social media post by Lord for her “violation of oath of office by mandating the ban of all firearms (even with concealed carry) in Bernalillo County.”
That includes Albuquerque by the way too.
Lord added, “I have a newsflash for the Governor: The Second Amendment is an absolute right and so is my authority to impeach you for violating your oath to New Mexico and the United States.”
Sidenote here: did New Mexico somehow skirt over the border crisis that Texas and Arizona are having, because residents would definitely feel they need their firearms concealed or not with all these illegals coming across the border. But that’s another story for another day.
Back to this Grisham mess – a Reload.com article on Sunday said, “Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is facing multiple lawsuits and the threat of several more after issuing an emergency order to suspend open and concealed carry rights for New Mexicans in the state’s largest city.” (www.thereload.com/lawsuits-roll-in-as-new-mexico-governor-uses-emergency...)
These lawsuits are coming from the National Association for Gun Rights, Gun Owners of America, several Republicans in both houses, and possibly the National Rifle Association.
A statement from the National Association for Gun Rights stated, “It is extremely clear that Grisham knows she is operating outside of Constitutional bounds, especially after last summer’s Bruen ruling which specifically protected individuals’ rights to carry firearms outside the home.”
Grisham somehow must have gotten confused about that oath she made when she took office and what she is actually doing now because she said in a press conference, “No constitutional right, in my view, including my oath, is intended to be absolute.”
Who gave her the Kool-Aid, because it appears she drank a lot of it.
Just in case she needs a refresher, the Second Amendment guarantees a right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.
I know some states have gun laws, but not these states down here in the South.
Grisham said she was issuing the order declaring an emergency after an 11-year-old was murdered in an unsolved road rage situation.
But overall her answers were weak when questioned on her audacity to do such a thing as this emergency order.
She said the order was about sending a message to law enforcement to make more arrests. Grisham also said her ban was likely not going to affect those who are committing the crimes anyway, and she admitted that the ban would not stop criminals from carrying firearms.
Fortunately even though Grisham didn’t feel the need to keep her oath of office, a number of sheriffs have stepped up to the plate (and I hope this is an example to all those law enforcement agencies in the country who aren’t part of the three letter groups) do the right thing and remember why you are in that uniform and who is paying your salary – the people. The people who expect their freedoms to be protected and the law of the land to be upheld.
Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen said he is not planning on challenging the constitution to enforce this emergency order.
“As the elected Sheriff, I have reservations regarding this order” he said in a press conference. “The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s office will not be enforcing the order.”
He said the temporary ban challenges the foundation of our Constitution, but most importantly is not constitutional.
“My oath is to protect the Constitution, and that is what I will do,” he said.
He added the order will not do anything to curb gun violence other than punish law abiding citizens from their constitutional right to self-defense.
He also added, “I have a fact for you, criminals do not follow the law or a public health order.”
Even Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman said he would not enforce the order, again referring to the fact Grisham overstepped her power (and I do mean power that has gone to her head apparently) and that the order is unconstitutional.
How do you say you ruined your political career in less than 24 hours without saying it?
It is pretty obvious though. Even a Democratic Congressman from California thought Grisham had overstepped saying in a tweet, “There is no such thing as a state public health emergency exception to the U.S. Constitution.”
Another person said we all should remember that law enforcement in the United States is the gatekeeper if tyranny is afoot, the front line. These gatekeepers are either the gatekeepers of freedom or the prison guards of it.
A law enforcement officer’s oath is not to a party or a platform – it is to defend the U.S. Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic.
Why do you think the founding fathers put that part about “domestic” in there if they didn’t understand power corrupts weak people. And we are seeing a lot of weak people lately.
Currently in 42 states, governors are allowed to suspend laws that would interfere with an efficient, effective response to an emergency – but who is deciding what is an emergency?
Some states even allow governors to amend laws or create new ones during emergencies.
Check this site out to learn more about the legislative oversight of emergency executive powers: www.ncsl.org/about-state-legislatures/legislative-oversight-of-emergency... – and let’s remember the words LAW OF THE LAND.
The Law of the Land – of the United States of American in case some readers do not know: “All laws which are repugnant to this Constitution are null and void” Marbury vs. Madison.
Let’s take that a step further in that the general misconception of people who do not know the Constitution of the United States of America are under the misconception that any statute passed by legislatures bearing the appearance of law constitutes the law of the land.
The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any statute to be valid, must be in agreement. It is impossible for a law which violates the Constitution to be valid.
Someone might want to whisper that in Grisham’s ear because the oath she has broken is being called a felony or two.
People are not playing small on this one. And no, I am not a gun toting Texan so don’t go there. I don’t carry a gun. However, I do carry the United States of America in my heart, and I am proud to be an American.
I am proud of our Constitution, and I will defend it because there is no one in any power position who should ever think they have the right to take away our freedom.
Remember this in closing; tyranny is only allowed if the American people allow it.
Please don’t allow it. Closing your eyes and pretending it will go away isn’t working so you might as well admit it and figure out what your freedom means to you before you lose it.
Rita Cook is a freelance writer for The Ellis County Press. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org