For years we conservatives have been frustrated, and that’s putting it mildly, by the ever-growing size and reach of the federal government.
We’ve all asked, what can be done? What can we do to fight back? Can anything be done to beat back the onslaught of the feds –somehow to limit their power over us?
Well, until recently we’ve all felt helpless. Then, it seems something happened – as if a light came on or a voice from above exclaimed, “You know … you don’t have to take it. You have the constitutional authority to take the power back. All you have to do is have the courage to use that authority.”
And that’s exactly what is happening – either recalling or discovering for the first time – states are realizing that the United States Constitution was written to empower them, not the feds.
Take for example the obvious want of the Obama thugs to strip us of our Second Amendment right to own and carry a gun; a right near and dear to the hearts of our founders. You may read more of how they felt about guns here.
Many states are simply declaring “enough is enough” to the feds.
Look at Missouri, the “Show Me” state. They are very close to passage of a gun rights bill that will completely nullify any present or future attempt by the federal government to limit the rights of Missourians to “keep and bear arms.”
The law reads:
“All federal acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, rules, and regulations, whether past, present, or future, will infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and article 1, section 23 of the Missouri Constitution shall be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, shall be specifically rejected by the state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.”
The bill also nullifies “certain taxes, certain registration and tracking laws, certain prohibitions on the possession, ownership, use, or transfer of a specific type of firearm, and confiscation orders.”
In addition, it will subject federal agents to civil and criminal penalties for knowingly enforcing federal gun laws. Agents could face up to one year in prison and a $1000 fine.
The people of Missouri should be darn proud of their elected officials.
And so too should the citizens of Kansas, who, in April 2013 passed the “Second Amendment Protection Act.” Similar legislation is either passed or is pending in 36 other states.
As is typical of many lawyers on this subject or any regarding state nullification of a federal statute, UCLA law professor, Adam Winkler (no, not the Fonz. Wrong Winkler) said that even if the state laws are passed, they will be struck down by the federal courts.
Of course they will professor. According to the federal courts, it seems states have no rights unless expressly granted to them by the federal government.
You see, unfortunately, according to most attorneys, we are not governed by the Constitution, but by case law and precedent.
Tennessee State Senator Mae Beavers called the US Supreme Court a “dictatorship,” saying, “You think that the Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of any of these laws. I don’t believe that. I don’t believe it was ever granted the authority under the Constitution.”
And she’s correct, but that’s a discussion for another day.
More and more states are getting fed up with the federal government and asserting themselves, from guns to Obamacare.
Maybe this is what had to happen. People just needed to feel that we’ve been pushed too far and we’re just not going to take it anymore.
I hope so.