Anti-gun Democratic Governor of New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham ridiculed 29 sheriffs’ decision to stand up for gun rights.
Sheriffs from 29 of the state’s 33 counties signed resolutions opposing certain gun control bills in the state legislature such as red flag confiscation and universal gun registration. Under these so-called “sanctuary” resolutions, sheriffs are not obligated to enforce gun control laws that they deem to be unconstitutional. Similar measures such as “Second Amendment Preservation Ordinances” have been passed in Oregon in response to recent waves of gun control.
Grisham criticized this gun rights movement in a tweet storm:
“A few law enforcement officers in this state have been making noise about how they won’t enforce gun safety measures because they don’t like them. That’s not how laws work, of course, and it’s not how oaths of office work either.”
Grisham dismissed these resolutions as “NRA propaganda, rogue sheriffs throwing a childish pity party or bad-faith critics” and vowed to continue pushing for gun control.
However, gun control opponents have every reason to complain no matter how much Grisham downplays gun control’s impact.
Mike Herrington, Chaves County Sheriff, stood by his decision to uphold Second Amendment rights:
“I take an oath to uphold the constitution, and I enforce all lawful laws that do not infringe on my constitutional rights.”
So called “universal background checks” are clear violations of the Second Amendment that would lead to the creation of de facto gun registration. These laws also don’t help in battling crime and make it more expensive for disadvantaged groups to acquire firearms.
New Mexico’s local “nullification” approach is a viable strategy for Second Amendment supporters who live in solidly blue states. More often than not, politicians from major urban centers have much more pull than their rural counterparts, which leads to rural interests getting cast aside.
These Second Amendment preservation resolutions allow for rural areas to make their voices heard and let their political class know that they are completely out of touch.
More states should follow New Mexico’s lead and embrace these kinds of resolutions.
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Greg Abbott Signs Executive Order Keeping Violent Criminals from Going Back on the Streets During the Wuhan Crisis
After the Wuhan Virus was confirmed in several Texas jails in the last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 29, 2020 that makes it more difficult for several inmates to be let out on “no-cost, personal recognizance bonds.”
Abbott tweeted, “Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails. We want to prevent the spread of #COVID19 among prison staff & inmates. But, releasing dangerous criminals in the streets is not the solution. #txlege #coronavirus”
Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 30, 2020
Several cases of the Wuhan Virus were discovered in the Dallas County Jail and Harris County Jail last week, two of the state’s largest jails. In addition, a handful of cases were confirmed in state prisons. According to NBC DFW, the virus’ outbreak was “followed by demands to reduce the inmate populations by releasing, immediately and without bond or judicial delay, those held on misdemeanor crimes or awaiting trial on misdemeanor crimes. Some also called for non-violent felons to also be released on no-cost bonds.”
Abbott said Sunday that “releasing dangerous criminals makes the state even less safe” and issued a proclamation to prevent judges, and others, from releasing some inmates without a paid, cash bond.
In his executive order, Abbott declared that a person convicted of a crime that involved or threatened physical violence, or a person arrested for such a crime backed by probable cause, or a person with a criminal history of violent crime, cannot get out of jail on a no-cost personal recognizance bond.
With a PR bond, a defendant is released without having to post any money for his or her bond on the promise they’ll show up to their next court date.
Instead of virtue signaling and buying into the criminal justice reform movement’s desire to foment anarcho-tyranny, Abbott has held his ground by promoting public order.
A crisis like the Wuhan Virus pandemic does not need to be exacerbated by opening up the prison floodgates.
This is one case where American policymakers should use logic not emotion to craft prison policies in times of a pandemic.
Failure to do so will put the U.S. on the road to institutional failure.
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