Kudos to the sensible bipartisan majority in the Alaska senate for passing the Emergency Powers Bill. The House Bill 61 forwarded for governor Mike Dunleavy’s signature by a margin of 17-3 prohibits state and local government entities from closing lawful firearm businesses or restricting an individual’s access to firearms, ammunition and component parts during declared states of emergency “unless such closures and limitations apply to all forms of commerce equally.”
That means all business enterprises looking to sell goods and services for a profit would have to be shut down. The first pro-Second Amendment bill passed by the legislature in recent years prevents demented and unhinged anti-gun officials from concocting a convenient “state of emergency” scheme as a means of interfering with the constitutional rights of all Alaskans. Appropriately, the bill provides legal recourse for anyone subjected to unjust infringements.
That is precisely what has happened in the state of New Mexico, where embattled Gov. Michelle Grisham — calls for her resignation and/or impeachment are mounting apace — signed an emergency order banning both open and concealed firearms. Not only did a federal judge issue a restraining order preventing the missive’s enforcement, but many state and county officials immediately signaled their refusal to comply — citing the unconstitutionality of the measure.
Lawsuits aplenty are already in the works, which promises to cost New Mexico taxpayers large sums of cash, literally, given the expense involved in defending the governor’s idiocy. Of course, Grisham is known as an “over-the-top” liberal with little regard for individual rights — especially relating to the personal and private ownership and use of firearms. Her impulsive, knee-jerk method of governing is without due consideration of legal precedents.
Is the New Mexico recalcitrant lawfaker … excuse me, “lawmaker” the least favorable among a cadre of lady governors — Katie Hobbs of Arizona; Laura Kelly of Kansas; Gretchen Witless, er, Whitmer of Michigan; and Janet Mills of Massachusetts — who repeatedly and obstinately display an uncooperative and disrespectful attitude toward constitutional tenets? Sadly, not! That anti-American position, if not universally shared by leftist loonies across the board, is still a key part of the Democrat playbook.
Truth be told, barely a moment goes by when they aren’t dreaming of ways to do away with the Second Amendment. It’s in their DNA — right up there with eliminating fossil fuels (ensuring America’s dependency on energy sources from foreign adversaries), curtailing freedom of speech (sticking your right to opine where the sun doesn’t shine, so to speak), and putting government in total control of kids’ education (infiltrating curriculums with CRT indoctrination despite parental objections).
But it’s the inalienable right to own and use firearms that really sticks in their craw. Truthfully, it makes them sick to their stomach. They can’t digest the idea that people should have the right to use whatever means necessary to defend themselves, their families and their property. The police can’t do it obviously. Their effectiveness has been hampered not only by decreases in funding but also by the ultimate in disrespect shown by the Biden administration and their minions in the D. C. swamp.
That conclusion is proven daily — given the unparalleled increase in crime statistics run amok, especially in major “blue state” cities like Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, etc., that have been run by Democrats for decades. No-cash bail has become the cat’s meow, shall we say, resulting in the quick release of criminals who are then free to prowl neighborhoods and loot at will, forcing many stores like Target and Walmart and Macy’s and Walgreens to close their doors.
No, we’re not far removed from the calamitous summer riots of 2020 when goons were essentially given license to commit anarchy — police precincts under attack, personal property laid waste, businesses trashed and set ablaze, livelihoods squandered. And where were our legislators? Hiding under their desks, mum as mummies. The means to self-defense became paramount, which calls to mind former NRA president Charlton Heston’s judicious warning to the gun confiscation crowd: “From my cold, dead hands!”