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New Mexico’s governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, has suspended the Second Amendment by banning concealed and open carry in New Mexico through executive order due to a “Health Emergency.” She justified her action: “No constitutional right, in my view, including my oath, is intended to be absolute. There are restrictions on free speech. There are restrictions on my freedoms.”
Therein lies the solution to this type of overreach.
Some governmental body in New Mexico needs to enact a law convicting Lujan Grisham of “crimes against the Constitution” and sentencing her to jail within the community. No trial because no constitutional right is intended to be absolute. Since she presents a clear and present danger to rule of law, that justifies ignoring Constitutional provisions in other articles in the Bill of Rights. Further state that if she enters their jurisdiction, they will arrest and jail her.
If it is pointed out this violates all sorts of provisions of the US and New Mexico Constitutions, they should then state that they are just following the Lujan Grisham principal: “No constitutional right, in my view, including my oath, is intended to be absolute. There are restrictions on free speech. There are restrictions on my freedoms.”
They are just restricting her freedom in the same manner as she has restricted the freedoms of the citizens of New Mexico. Of course, if she admits that no one, including herself, can arbitrarily limit the freedom of others by ignoring the Constitution (and withdraws the Emergency Order), they will admit they have gone beyond their authority in ordering her arrest, and void their new law. Otherwise? Game on, governor. We are going to play by your rules.
No one will actually do this; more’s the pity. Because if some group did, it would stop this kind of horse pucky. Arbitrary rule is all fun and games as long as you are the one being arbitrary and it doesn’t come back to bite you.Published in