New Mexico Reverting to Old Mexico?

New Mexico Reverting to Old Mexico?
New Mexico Reverting to Old Mexico?

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- It seems that politicians and their medical advisors have lost sight of the objectives of social distancing. While they still speak in terms of “flattening the curve,” their actions appear to be more focused on eradicating the curve altogether. While that might be a noble goal, it’s not particularly realistic, and it’s not what we the people signed up for.

Recall that the point of “flattening the curve” was to prevent the novel Chinese Corona Virus from overwhelming our healthcare system, resulting in mass casualties due to a lack of medical facilities to care for the sudden flood of cases. Well, we’re now well into, or beyond, the peak period in most places and this “new normal” that we are all living appears to have worked. Even in critical hot-spots like New York City, where heavy population density, combined with high tourism and global travel, resulted in the worst outbreak in the nation, the spread was slowed enough to get through the worst of the disease, and the healthcare system was able to effectively handle the surge.

But now, as the peak is passing in some places and slowly approaching in others, petty tyrants around the country are still flexing their nanny muscles and demanding that businesses remain closed, people stay in their homes, and all “non-essential” activities be curtailed. As Americans have been resoundingly successful at slowing the spread and preventing the anticipated spikes in the disease, some of our “leaders” have shifted the goalposts, insisting that tight restrictions must remain in place until – when? Until there is no more threat from the disease at all? Until the curve goes subterranean?

New Mexico is an excellent case study. With a population of only about 2.1 million people, spread over an area of over 121,500 miles, New Mexico is among the least densely populated states in the nation. There are only 17 people per square mile, and a full 40% of the total population resides in Albuquerque and nearby Santa Fe. That leaves a lot of mostly empty territory, and few opportunities for the rapid spread of a virus like COVID-19. But Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has clamped down on the state in almost as draconian a fashion as her fellow Democrat, Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan.

One of the things that makes Gov. Lujan Grisham stand out though, is her insistence that gun stores and ranges remain closed, except to provide services to police and other state agents, and only by appointment. This in spite the fact that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security declared firearm businesses to be “essential” in their guidance, not to mention that pesky bit of the U.S. Constitution stating that the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Even gun-hating governors in California, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania have backed down on orders for gun stores to close, but not Governor Lujan Grisham.

Gun groups and local activists have filed suit against Lujan Grisham, demanding that she add firearm-related businesses and ranges to the “essential businesses” list, but the governor has doubled down, stating that it is a “badge of honor” to be sued by the NRA.

The lessons being offered up by politicians like Lujan Grisham, are numerous and important. First, she’s teaching us that she doesn’t trust the people who elected her. She’s saying that they must be told what to do and how to do it, and that without her instructions – backed up by burly men and women with guns and badges – she believes the people would just blunder around bumping into one another and infecting each other with COVID-19.

Second, she’s teaching us that she, and politicians like her, respects neither the U.S. Constitution nor that of her state. We all know what the U.S. Constitution says, but here’s what the New Mexico Constitution says:

Sec. 6. [Right to bear arms.]

No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security
and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful
purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed
weapons.

No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right
to keep and bear arms. (As amended November 2, 1971 and November 2,
1986.)

There is no “except in the case of a virus” clause in there.

Third, she’s teaching us that philosophical purity and adherence to party dogma is more important to her than common sense or political sensibility, and that given the opportunity, she and her ilk, would implement the most draconian gun control bills they could think of, as long as they had the votes to get them passed. For example, look up the text of H.R.5717 to see how far they’re willing to go today, and imagine how much farther they would go with a majority in the House and Senate, and control of the White House.

Fourth, Governor Lujan Grisham is teaching us that, either she doesn’t know anything about guns, gun sales, firearms training, and shooting ranges, or she just doesn’t care.

It’s pretty obvious that a lot of people are feeling vulnerable and insecure at the moment, and a whole bunch of them want to acquire firearms to help ensure the personal safety of themselves and their families. They clearly consider this “essential” enough to risk their health to accomplish, though purchasing a firearm or ammunition usually doesn’t involve long lines or crowds, and there are very easy ways to ensure that doing so in the current environment remains safe. It’s also obvious that a whole bunch of people purchased their first firearm in the weeks before the Governor decided to shut down gun stores and ranges. So that leaves us with numerous first-time gun owners who now can’t get training or engage in safe, supervised practice with their newly acquired defensive tools.

It’s also worth pointing out that some governors have grudgingly allowed outdoor ranges to re-open, while keeping indoor ranges closed. This ignores the fact that indoor ranges, thanks to the efforts they go to in mitigating risks of lead exposure, are probably among the safest places a person could be to avoid contact with an airborne pathogen. Not only do indoor ranges have heavy-duty air-handlers that ensure that air is always moving downrange, away from the firing line, most also have physical dividers between shooting stations on the line.

The important take-away is that none of this matters to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. She is proud to trace her family lineage back 12 generations in Nuevo Mexico, and her autocratic, classist approach to governance is reminiscent of that of the old Mexico tradition. Lujan Grisham, who most people probably wouldn’t recognize as Hispanic, unless they were told, seems to gravitate to the role of the caring Patrona looking after her poor, clueless peones, whom she considers incapable of making wise decisions and taking care of themselves. While that description might fit some of her core constituents, the rest of the citizens of New Mexico would rather take responsibility for their own lives, including taking precautions against disease as they see fit, and providing for their own, and their family’s security.



About Jeff Knox:Jeff Knox

Jeff Knox is a second-generation political activist and director of The Firearms Coalition. His father Neal Knox led many of the early gun rights battles for your right to keep and bear arms. Read Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War.

The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition has offices in Buckeye, Arizona and Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

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jato791
jato791
4 months ago

You seem to forget or do not know that MLG, the Little Tyrant, is a Everytown / Bloomberg minion. She’s even had online video discussions with them. She abhors the constitutions, state & US. We, the tax payers, are nothing by “pee ons” to her. We are here to serve her.

Ej harbet
Ej harbet
4 months ago

Shes a domestic enemy and what you see in nm (a state thats part of my favorite but not recently traveled route) is domestic enemies of freedom do when given power. Imagine this crone one rickety heartbeat from the presidency and vote like your liberty depended on it!

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
5 months ago

Elected officials who are self-serving should be easy to identify in a line-up.

Coelacanth
Coelacanth
5 months ago

The Peon class is still the law of the land, sounds like.

a.x. perez
a.x. perez
5 months ago

And that is why I am happy El Paso stays in Texas instead of going to New Mexico. One reason, anyhow.

JoseyWales
JoseyWales
5 months ago

Complying with unconstitutional directives enables dictators………

tetejaun
tetejaun
5 months ago
Reply to  JoseyWales

Cowardly Americans have been enabling the RINOs and communist democrats for a hundred years.
ALL ‘gun control laws’ are unconstitutional, yet the cowardly American people kneel to their master…government and obey.
If you will not demand your Rights and fight for your Rights, do not be surprised when they go away.

badlands
badlands
5 months ago

So after reading the NM Constitution segment, what law would a gun store be breaking if it opened for business?

tetejaun
tetejaun
5 months ago
Reply to  badlands

The shops would be breaking the edict from the communist democrat.
Illegal aliens and communist democrats elected a latina democrat POS and THIS is what you get when Republicans stay home and do not vote.
In 2016, only 43% of Republicans voted. The other 57% were just too busy watching TV, drinking beer and eating Cheetos. Too occupied to go vote to uphold Freedom and Liberty.
There is NOTHING more funny that Republicans saying they will “fight” for their Rights when they have, decade after decade, remained home and not voted.
You get the communist country you deserve.

Stripeseven
Stripeseven
5 months ago

Elected servants have a constitutional duty (That by the way they took an Oath on) to follow laws that are crystal clear on what they can do, and what they cannot do. The Founding Fathers framed the U.S. Constitution so as to protect Americans from the Tyranny of Democracy and to protect individual Liberty. Serve not Rule…

Capn Dad
Capn Dad
5 months ago
Reply to  Stripeseven

“Elected servants have a constitutional duty…….” Yeah it’s been pretty clear for a long time now that “Elected servants” place themselves, their families and their interests far above the Constitution. We are in the era of what I call the “Neo Aristocracy Era”. The nobles as they like to be called have returned. It will remain so until all are removed by whatever means necessary. Voting doesn’t work.

Tionico
Tionico
5 months ago

she’s teaching us that she doesn’t trust the people who elected her. She’s saying that they must be told what to do and how to do it, Perhaps a lesson from history needs driven into her cranium with a twelve pound sledge. She should be forced to sit and listen as someone reads to her what happened when another governor decided to disarm HIS subjects. He sent his armed goon squad round to take up their arms… and got them. Sixty nine calibre balls first. Forty years agter that, when her ilk had been soundly trounced and chased off the… Read more »

Ej harbet
Ej harbet
4 months ago
Reply to  Tionico

Love that you stated the American musketball caliber.that we borrowed from our french allies.
People wanted nothing british including their lead wasting .72 caliber

JPM
JPM
5 months ago

First of all, as a 20+ year resident of New Mexico, I can tell you that the election process there is a joke. If you want political office at the state level in New Mexico, there are two major criteria that need to be filled in order to obtain state level public office with few, if any exceptions; 1). You must be a Democrat, and 2). You must PAY the Democrat Party officials for that office or any political appointments at any level. Voting has little if anything to do with the process in New Mexico. It has been like… Read more »

Rattlerjake
Rattlerjake
5 months ago
Reply to  JPM

There are two events in his nation’s history that have led to our destruction, and all of the other piss-poor legislation is the result of these events — 1) Negro suffrage and 2) Women’s suffrage. Without these two voting groups there would be no democrap party!

Grim
Grim
5 months ago
Reply to  Rattlerjake

Russian troll!

tetejaun
tetejaun
5 months ago
Reply to  Rattlerjake

True. You can trace the United States being more kind and gentle, full of handouts and welfare DIRECTLY to the day women got the vote.
The Founding Fathers knew this. They knew women will ALWAYS vote for safety and security (or how the guy looks) over freedom and liberty.

ShooterOne
ShooterOne
5 months ago

Hopefully they will remember her actions when they go in the voting booth. The problem is it’s probably like many of the large states where nearly 50% of the population resides in the city and do not understand anything about freedom, guns, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights. It is really very sad!!!

We all need to ARM UP AND CARRY ON.

DoctorWho
DoctorWho
5 months ago

The Lujan family has been one of the most corrupt political families in New Mexico for over 100 years….. and Grissom is no exception to the rule. She has no respect for the Constitution and will enforce her will with the NM State Police…. and unfortunately, many of them are modern day nazi-stormstroopers.

Darkman
Darkman
5 months ago

Supreme court sidesteps New York 2A case. As I predicted. Relying on the courts to preserve Our 2A Rights is a fools Follie.
Court tosses NY case that could have expanded gun rights | KTVO
https://ktvo.com/news/nation-world/court-tosses-ny-case-that-could-have-expanded-gun-rights

Shotgun505
Shotgun505
5 months ago

She is a traitor. Plain and simple. When will the people under her boot heel overthrow the dictator. Shall not be infringed! It is our constitutional rights that are being stepped on but yet no one is pissed yet! Our fore fathers would have been shooting by now!

Rattlerjake
Rattlerjake
5 months ago
Reply to  Shotgun505

It is a biological fact that the majority of people are follower who do not have the mental capacity to resist authoritarianism. These “sheeple” are content with government managing their entire existence. The Constitution was designed to prevent this but it is useless when the remaining people refuse to keep the government in line. When will we learn/wake u and understand that being the “nice guy” is a no win situation against thee scumbags? Our forefathers knew what to do, but sadly not enough of their gene were passed along!

nrringlee
nrringlee
5 months ago

File this under “Progressive Plan for America” in your “Never Let a Good Crisis Go To Waste” folder. Leftists have been conditioned over many decades to view any disruption in the normal function of our Republic as an opportunity to derail our Republic. So if this is news to any of you you need to do some real reading. There is nothing new under the sun. This is a repeat of subversion spanning many decades and this time under the false flag of “public safety.” The proper response is as follows: “Those who would trade a bit of liberty for… Read more »

Stripeseven
Stripeseven
5 months ago

They like to use force, to make you do, what the “Deciders” have decided you must do. Tyranny my young man..Tyranny..

Gindy
Gindy
5 months ago
Reply to  Stripeseven

You’re right….’they like to use force’. But their fantasy is that something, or someone, on our side start it. Then it falls into their grasp to crush the uprising while using it as another propaganda tool to educate the sheep as to what will happen to revolutionaries. Once it starts WE NEED TO FINISH IT!!! One way or another!!

Tionico
Tionico
5 months ago
Reply to  Gindy

Captian John Parker, as he and his sevetny or so militiamen stood to hold fast againsg the Redcoats coming to disarm them, issued this command: Don’t fire unless fired upon. We don’t want a wr, but if they mean to have one, let it begin here.” They did want a war, and so they got one. It did not go well for them long term. Yorktown and their departure in utter unconditional defeat came about ten years later. Those eight Patriots who died that morning at Lexington wattered the Tree of Liberty with their own blood.Perhaps that reee is wanting… Read more »

Ej harbet
Ej harbet
4 months ago
Reply to  Gindy

Relentlessly and completely! Like cancer,miss a little bit and its back before you know it!

cokid
cokid
5 months ago

Another prime example of a politician who has no use for the constitution or even the oath she took. Like so many other politicians out to push a specific agenda, and your rights are not part of it.

nrringlee
nrringlee
5 months ago
Reply to  cokid

Progressives and leftists raise right hand and with left hand have fingers crossed behind back when they take their oaths.

Gindy
Gindy
5 months ago
Reply to  nrringlee

They don’t even do that anymore! They’re so frickin bold that they’re looking right into the camera and telling us what they’re going to do!!

Ej harbet
Ej harbet
4 months ago
Reply to  Gindy

And some use korans,the bible of a false god and demonic religion,yes muzzrats i said it!
I’ll see your fatwa and raise you 3 9mm jhps!