All members of the United States Congress, as well as all state governors and legislators are required, before taking their seat, to swear an oath to the Constitution of the United States. Now, if I’m going to swear an oath to something, then I am damn sure going to be clear on exactly what it is I’m swearing an oath to. I take such things seriously. I’ve never been elected to office, so have never had to swear an oath to the Constitution, but I have studied Constitutional Law at length and have read the full document numerous times. I keep a pocket Constitution on the table next to me and have another in the drawer in my nightstand. Apparently, that is not the case for some of the people who have sworn an oath to the document.
My jaw dropped yesterday when I read that Kentucky lawmakers have passed a bill that would make the state a so-called “Second Amendment sanctuary,” prohibiting local law enforcement from enforcing federal firearm bans. Say WHAT???
The US Supremacy Clause, found in Article VI is a provision in the US Constitution that states that the Constitution and the laws and treaties of the federal government are the supreme law of the land. The clause ensures that federal laws and regulations take precedence over any state or local laws that may conflict with them.
The state of Missouri tried the same crap last year when Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed into law the Second Amendment Preservation Act (SAPA), which declared that limitations on gun transfers, firearm registrations and other federal regulations are unconstitutional. A federal judge struck down the law earlier this month, saying …
“While purporting to protect citizens, SAPA exposes citizens to greater harm by interfering with the Federal Government’s ability to enforce lawfully enacted firearms regulations designed by Congress for the purpose of protecting citizens within the limits of the Constitution.”
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey has appealed the decision.
What part of the Constitution do the lawmakers in Missouri and Kentucky fail to understand? It’s plain as day! It’s written in English, not Swahili, the language is purposefully kept simple so that anybody, regardless of level of education, could understand it, and yet we have highly paid elected officials who either have not bothered to read it, else are not bright enough to understand it!
Kentucky’s bill passed the state House in a 78-19 vote last month, and cleared the state Senate on Wednesday 27-9. Apparently there are more than just a few dumb asses in the Kentucky legislature!
Those who represent the people of any state need to understand that this is a nation, the United States of America, and that we stand together, we have federal laws that supersede any and all state or local laws, that have been deemed to be in the best interest of the nation. We cannot have state after state simply decide which laws they will abide by and which they will override. That’s NOT how it works!
I sincerely hope the court system sends these bills to the shredder as fast as it can, and sends a loud and clear message to other states that might be considering similar actions. My concern, naturally, is that when one of these cases works its way up to the Supreme Court, the compromised court may fail to do the right thing, as they have done numerous times in the past year.
If the laws in Missouri and Kentucky are ultimately upheld by the highest Court, then think about the consequences …
- A six-year-old kid walks into a gun store … as long as he’s got the money, he walks out with a gun
- A drunk staggers into a gun shop, tells the clerk “Gimme the biggest gun you got … I’m gonna kill that bitch.” As long as he’s got the money, he walks out with a gun.
- A woman gets out of prison after serving five years for attempting to kill her spouse. Her first stop is the gun shop, and as long as she’s got the money, she walks out with a gun.
Guns are not toys, and I am horrified that gun ownership is more highly cherished than the lives of the children of this nation. But if states are allowed to override federal laws, it could well get even worse. What’s next? Do some states write laws to disregard the 19th Amendment that makes it illegal to deny the right to vote to any citizen based on their sex? Or the 15th Amendment that makes it illegal to deny the right to vote to any citizen based on their race? Or perhaps the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery?
People … it’s on US to ensure that the people we vote for are qualified, that they fully understand the Constitution to which they will be swearing an oath, and that they respect the people of this nation enough to follow the laws of the land, not to be wasting their time scheming for ways to uproot the safety and cohesion of the nation.
We are a nation, not just 50 states, but ONE NATION. The “UNITED” States of America.