Friday, January 11, 2013

Republicans in Wyoming toss Constitution, federal gun laws, and enforce only laws they like.

Cafeteria constitutionalists continue to shred the our founding document by saying they're defending it. Yes, its opposite day everyday in Republican world again:
Think Progress: In a move that is as unconstitutional as it is presumptuous, lawmakers in Wyoming have already mounted their effort to block whatever legislative measures Biden might suggest. They aim to nullify any federal law that they do not like, and to create punishments for federal agents who might try to enforce new gun safety measures.

Any federal law which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation on firearms in this state shall be unenforceable in Wyoming.

Any official, agent or employee of the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains exclusively within the borders of Wyoming shall be guilty of a felony.

And, upon conviction, shall be subject to imprisonment. 
Constitutional conservatives” either haven’t picked up on this story yet, would rather not say anything that might remove them from power, or are proving just how little they know about their guiding document. Plus, it’s back, “nullification.” Did you ever get the idea these guys really don’t like being a part of the greatest country in the world.
There’s just one glaring problem with the legislators’ plan: If the federal government were to pass such measures, the bill would be unconstitutional. The constitutional theory they are implementing is called “nullification” … The constitution actually stipulates that federal law “shall be the supreme law of the land.”
But just like carrying guns before concealed carry laws, not implementing federal law reforming health care, undermining legal abortions and voting, Republicans only follow laws they like and break all the others. Think I’m exaggerating? Well...:
Rep. Kendell Kroeker adds that, no matter the constitutionality, “I think that its necessary when the federal government violates our rights in the Constitution we have to act.”  On the state’s ballot in November, lawmakers added a proposed constitutional amendment that would have exempted the state from Obamacare
But the real reason, paranoia: 
"I think there are a lot of people who would want to take all of our guns if they could."


  1. So how might this be different than the federal government deciding not to enforce federal laws it doesnt like, like ones regarding illegal immigrants? And then seeking court relief to prevent states passing laws to enforce those laws?

  2. And what law was that? Explain.

    Obama has deported more undocumented individuals than Bush, unfortunately, and now you're whining. Maybe this is news to you, but it's the federal governments job to protect the borders. We don't just start ignoring the Constitution because Republicans have created another straw man. Oh, those scary people from our south.

    Yeah, I know, you didn't like it back then either. Same old comeback.

    False premise. Bad example, but one pushed by the right wing.

  3. I stand corrected, you are correct on the number of deportations.