By J. D. Heyes
For years Democrat-run states have gotten away with implementing so-called â€œsanctuary cityâ€ policies that contravene federal immigration laws either because Uncle Sam refused to enforce them or, in the age of POTUS Donald Trump, because too many federal judges are better judicial activists than interpreters of the Constitution.
The same is trueÂ for marijuana laws. Democrat-run states decided a few years ago they would flout federal drug laws prohibiting the recreational use of marijuana by passing state ballot initiatives â€˜legalizingâ€™ pot. Mind you, potâ€™s notÂ legalÂ as far as the federal government is concerned, but when the law isnâ€™t enforced, then lawlessness is what we get.
That said, when Democrats are flouting the law, thatâ€™s okay; Democrats, as weâ€™re constantly reminded, are the most moral, upstanding, righteous political creatures on the planet. But when others flout lawsÂ theyÂ pass, then, suddenly, we have a â€œconstitutional crisisâ€ on our hands.Â
Case in point: Voters in Washington passed Initiative 1639, or I-1639 as itâ€™s more popularly known, in November, a ballot issue that calls for strict new gun control measures including â€œenhanced background checks,â€ a 10-day waiting period before the delivery of a â€œsemi-automatic assault rifle,â€ proof of gun safety training within the past five years (or you canâ€™t buy a gun), and â€œsecure storageâ€ of firearms, whatever that means.Â
As it turns out, nearly half of the stateâ€™s sheriffs, or about 20 of them, are refusing to enforce the law, especially while a lawsuit seeking to overturn it makes its way through the courts, because theyÂ donâ€™t believe it comports wellÂ with the Second Amendmentâ€™s â€œshall not be infringedâ€ provision. In addition, a number of county governments have passed their own ordinances opposing the enforcement of I-1639.
As the Left-wingÂ Guardian newspaper reports:
The moves may pose a significant threat to Washingtonâ€™s ambitious agenda on firearms reform, and some activists say it is beginning to resemble a full-scale â€œconstitutionalistâ€ revolt against gun control.
ToÂ The Guardian, a British newspaper, all of this seems nonsensical, as evidenced by the reporterâ€™s use of words and phrases like â€œright-wing,â€ â€œwhite nationalists,â€ and â€œwhite supremacistsâ€ to describe the opponents of the law. And supporters of I-1639 decry the â€˜rebelliousâ€™ sheriffs, gun-rights groups, and their supporters, claiming that nearly 60 percent of Washingtonians who voted favor the new law.
But then, constitutional rights are not subject to voter whim and opinion polls, are they?
Whatâ€™s more, itâ€™s rich that authorities in Washington, where illegal immigrant sanctuaries flourish and public, recreational pot smoking is permitted, are complaining about some of their own law enforcement officials who have â€˜decidedâ€™ not to enforce a law they donâ€™t agree with. Itâ€™s the epitome of hypocrisy but, then, thatâ€™s Democrats for you.
So, whatâ€™s a Left-wing law-flouter like Gov. Jay Inslee and his Democratic attorney general, Bob Ferguson, to do with these brigands? They have both threatened to call out the Washington State Patrol to enforce local gun laws in counties where sheriffs are refusing to do so.
But will they? According toÂ Liberty Park Press, â€œThe Washington State Patrol Troopers Association was one of the â€˜Big Fourâ€™ law enforcement groups to publicly oppose I-1639 last year. They were joined by the Washington State Sheriffs Association, Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association and the Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs.â€
So thereâ€™s that.
Hereâ€™s the problem with Democrats picking and choosing which laws they want to follow and which ones they donâ€™t: They canâ€™t come around later, wagging a finger in the faces of people who refuse to followÂ theirÂ laws and whine that itâ€™s not fair. You either commit to following everyone elseâ€™s laws or you accept that there will be those who wonâ€™t followÂ yours.Â
Is that a â€œconstitutional crisis?â€ It could be, but itâ€™s one of Democratsâ€™ making.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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