By J. D. Heyes
Empowered by electoral gains during the 2018 midterms, Democrats around the country â€” but especially blue states where they now have super-majorities â€” launched an all-out assault on the Second Amendment, just like they said they would during their campaigns.
New gun control laws began springing up in states like Washington, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, Colorado, and elsewhere. In cases where Democratic legislatures and governors didnâ€™t impose new restrictions, voters themselves did by supporting ballot initiatives aimed at infringing further upon a right that is supposed to be untouchable under the Constitution.
Left-wing Democrats in several states and jurisdictions appear to have overreached regarding their pet issue of gun control, and now a rebellion of sorts against these new infringements has been launched and is growing. And even more ironic: Efforts to set up â€œgun sanctuariesâ€ are being modeled on Leftist Democratsâ€™ decades-long practice of protecting people in the country illegally with â€œsanctuary cityâ€ policies.
â€œNo one â€“ and I mean no one â€“ is arguing that immigration sanctuary cities arenâ€™t having an effect on federal immigration law. This bill in Texas uses the same approach of withdrawing resources and enforcement support, but it takes on federal gun control,â€ said Michael BoldinÂ of the Tenth Amendment Center. â€œMore conservative states should do the exact same thing.â€
AsÂ ReutersÂ reported recently:Â Â
A rapidly growing number of counties in at least four states are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, refusing to enforce gun-control laws that they consider to be infringements on the U.S. constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Organizers of the pro-gun sanctuaries admit they took the idea from liberals who have created immigration sanctuaries across the United States where local officials defy the Trump administrationâ€™s efforts to enforce tougher immigration laws.
The news service noted that resistance to the new laws has been especially prevalent in four states â€” Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, and Illinois â€” though they are controlled by Democrats.
Several counties in ColoradoÂ are also declaring themselvesÂ to be Second Amendment sanctuaries. AndÂ legislation in Texas has been introduced to turn the entire state into a gun sanctuary.
As noted byÂ The Free Thought Project, federal gun control laws are essentially unenforceable without state assistance:
The federal government relies heavily on state cooperation to implement and enforce almost all of its laws, regulations and acts â€“ including gun control. By simply withdrawing this necessary cooperation, states can nullify in effect many federal actions. As noted by the National Governorâ€™s Association during the partial government shutdown of 2013, â€œstates are partners with the federal government on most federal programs.â€
â€œPartnerships donâ€™t work too well when half the team quits,â€ Boldin said. â€œBy withdrawing all resources and participation in federal gun control schemes, the states can effectively bring them down.â€
Noted Dave Campbell, a member of the Effingham County Board in Illinois, in a comment toÂ Reuters, â€œIf they want to have their own laws, thatâ€™s fine. Donâ€™t shove them on us down here.â€
He told the newswire service that 63 jurisdictions in his state had already passed a firearms sanctuary policy, and more are liable to follow.
The reactions of Leftist Democrats have been as predictable as it is hypocritical: Anger and pompous disbelief.
In Washington, for example, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has come out firmly in support of his stateâ€™s new gun control ballot initiative, I-1639, which was passed by some 57 percent of voters. His Democratic attorney general, Bob Ferguson, has sent out a letter advising sheriffs around the state who have implemented gun sanctuary policies â€œthey could be held liableâ€ if they â€˜allowâ€™ a dangerous person to obtain a firearm who later uses it to commit harm.
â€œIn the event a police chief or sheriff refuses to perform the background check required by Initiative 1639, they could be held liable if there is a sale or transfer of a firearm to a dangerous individual prohibited from possessing a firearm and that individual uses that firearm to do harm,â€Â Ferguson said in an open letterÂ to the stateâ€™s law enforcement heads.
But sheriffs are pushing back. Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer called the warning a â€œbluffâ€ and said he has no plans to enforce I-1639.
â€œUnfortunately for the governor and the attorney general, theyâ€™re not my boss. My only boss is the people that elected me to office,â€ he toldÂ Reuters.
Leftist Democrats opposed to these new gun sanctuaries have no real standing to refute them. This is especially true in cities and states where sanctuary policies protecting illegal immigrants from federal immigration officials are in place or states that have â€˜legalizedâ€™ recreational pot use in contravention of federal law.
AsÂ The National SentinelÂ reports, the â€œgun sanctuary rebellionâ€ could spread to California next, home to some of the most restrictive gun laws on the books. There, gun ownership has doubled within a decade, according to state figures, and given the push to split the state into thirds, a rebellious faction is already in place.
As gun sanctuaries spread â€” and they are certain to do so â€” there is a growing feeling that as one lawless act begets another, the countryâ€™s breakup may not be far off.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.