In Idaho, “Republicans resurrected a measure to punish Idaho law enforcement officers who help confiscate federally banned firearms, fearing President Barack Obama’s administration could try to take their guns … Hagedorn says this year’s measure is “much friendlier” to law enforcement, though it calls for a civil penalty of $1,000 for those found guilty.” A fine is “weak tea” for a true nullification law.
Attention in Kansas is focused down the food chain rather than the other direction. “A Kansas House committee is taking up legislation stripping cities and counties of any power to regulate guns or block the open carrying of firearms.”
Finally, a bill has made its way through the Senate in Missouri (again) on nullification. “Missouri senators endorsed legislation on Tuesday that seeks to nullify U.S. gun restrictions and send federal agents to jail for enforcing such laws, though the measure would likely face a court challenge if it gets approved in the state.”
This is just as I’ve recommended (State prison time for federal agents), although if it goes to federal court and is overturned (as it would certainly be in federal court), then it was never really a nullification law at all. Federal court rulings would have to be ignored in order to meet the definition of a nullification law.
But now from the factual to the comical. If you live in one of these states or if you endorse such an idea, Adam Weinstein thinks you’re a redneck.
Since the time of John Calhoun in South Carolina, nullification doctrine—the fancy-bred, college-educated stepbrother of those mental deficients, the militia and sovereign citizen movements—has held that America’s several states have the right to nullify federal laws that infringe on their constitutional liberties. Unless we’re talking about the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendment rights of minorities in these nullificationist states, in which case their freedom is totally treading on our freedom, dude.
But no matter. Liberty-loving bears of small brain have found a five-syllable word, and it must necessarily lead to their promised land. Kansas and Alaska have already passed gun nullification laws, while Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Missouri have been pushing. Nine states, led by Montana, have passed laws asserting that gunmakers in their states are exempt from federal regulations, and so they can make all the full-auto machine guns and assault weapons they want.
The real fun comes when local politicians and law enforcement officers get in the nullification game: Nearly 250 sheriffs from Oregon to California to Arizona to Minnesota have written open letters defying federal gun laws and threatening to arrest U.S. government officials working in their jurisdictions. One rural Florida sheriff even beat prosecution last fall for releasing (and destroying evidence related to) a suspect who’d illegally held a concealed weapon.
It’s fun times in America when libertarians and John Birchers are openly praising law enforcement officers for picking and choosing which laws they’ll enforce, you know, to protect the good, law-abiding folk from federal interference. What could go wrong?
Right after that are pictures of blacks being brutalized over civil rights protests. What else would you expect out of Gawker, right? A false analogy between civil rights and a supposed right to take weapons away from the citizens, eh, so what?
To Adam, it’s all about invoking emotion rather than making any kind of rational argument. It’s okay if the argument is self defeating because Adam happened to ignore the fact that gun owners are fighting for their rights too. As long as Adam can hurl an insult, it was a good day.
One commenter makes the following remark:
Yes, they’ve been trying this on every law they don’t like
They should all be informed that the FBI will be paying them a visit, with swat (sic) teams if necessary should they pull this.
It’s reall (sic) time we joined the civilized world and eliminated state government. They’re always howling that were one nation under god. Well, one nation has one set of laws. At the same time we remove gerrymandering. Put in place huge restrictions with huge penalties to, (sic) prevent it happening again. And add additional senators to strip the power of the rednecks to obstruct and abuse.
The south (sic) was never punished for the civil war. Hardly a man even was out on probation for their treason, and that’s why we have the problems we have today. It’s a good tine to start. And it’s a better time to stop,folimf (sic) lawsuits, and arrest, arrest, arrest.
Another commenter remarks:
I guarantee you that these are the same knuckleheads that also vote for laws that allow teachers to lead prayers in schools under the guise of “freedom from religious persecution.”
Concerning the second commenter, not necessarily. For instance, I strongly advocate home schooling (partially) in order to avoid indoctrination into statist, collectivist thinking like yours. You never got the chance to decide on prayer in my school and I didn’t have to convince your ilk of anything. I had my own school.
Concerning the first commenter, this is a bit more serious. He is unabashedly advocating open, unmitigated war. I never did and still do not believe that firearms owners or patriots will fire the first shot. But if the second is fired in self defense, it won’t be just one shot by one person.
And it won’t come from just one gun. The commenter may want to reconsider armchair generalship, and think hard about issuing orders he wouldn’t obey himself because he is a coward, while he sends tens of thousands of men to their deaths. To be sure, it would be a bloody war. The collectivists are advised to consider the costs.