Does anybody else see the flaw in the gun nut logic; that if you oppose background checks, you can't check a database for felons or the mentally ill. And don't all people start out "law abiding."
No one should be surprised that once the Supreme Court read into, and broadly interpreted the 2nd Amendment, the gun crowd would want to come up with a few interpretations of their own. And so it goes with the slippery slope of gun deregulation…
The residents of Coos County, Oregon, passed a ballot initiative Tuesday night that requires their sheriff to block the enforcement of state and federal gun laws that he thinks seem unconstitutional.
And the name of this freedom and liberty loving crazy right-wing law?
The 2nd Amendment Preservation Ordinance passed with 61 percent of the vote. The measure directs the sheriff to decide whether certain state and federal gun laws violate the Second Amendment. If he thinks they do, the county is then banned from using any resources to enforce those laws. Any county employee who violates the ordinance will be fined $2,000.
And they really don't see the problem in something like this. Even the County Sheriff thought it was nuts, but phrased it nicely:
Coos County Sheriff Craig Zanni told The Oregonian last month that he is a strong supporter of gun rights, but had concerns about his role in deciding what is and isn't constitutional. "I'm not sure the courts would agree with that concept. I would just bet there would be some legal challenges to it."
Charlie Hinkle, a constitutional law expert in Portland, Oregon, said Zanni would be violating his oath of office by enacting a county ordinance that is contrary to state or federal law. "Of course local officials can’t decide what laws are constitutional. That’s why Kim Davis went to jail. Even the president can't decide what’s constitutional -- that’s why a federal court enjoined his executive orders regarding immigration."
And doesn't this also negate their other argument that we should enforce the “laws already on the books,” laws conservatives say won't stop anyone anyway:
Similar measures have been adopted in Eastern Oregon's Wheeler and Wallowa counties, and they've amounted to little more than symbolism. Supporters want to use the ordinances to bar local enforcement of Oregon's background check law, which passed in May and expands checks to almost all gun sales in the state. The initiatives are also part of a broader push by pro-gun enthusiasts to make federal gun control "nearly impossible to enforce."
If you don't like guns, move to Europe...ReplyDelete