N.M. Gov. Grisham Next Up In Everytown’s VP Batter Box

Opinion By Larry Keane

N.M. Gov. Grisham Next Up In Everytown’s VP Batter Box
N.M. Gov. Grisham Next Up In Everytown’s VP Batter Box

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Gun control groups fearmongering about lawful firearm owners better be careful. New Mexico Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham just destroyed their narrative by saying the quiet parts out loud.

Gov. Grisham spoke to Moms Demand Action’s Shannon Watts for Everytown for Gun Safety’s Veepstakes with candidates auditioning to be second fiddle to 2020 presumptive Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden. Watts, who has repeatedly stated protests are “AstroTurfed” and fake, regurgitated the tired narrative that pro-Second Amendment rallies taking place across the country involved “armed protestors that we know are fueled by fearmongering and extremism.”

Grisham must not have gotten the script.

“I’m going to give New Mexicans, even though they continue to do those protests, a shout out,” Gov. Grisham explained. “They worked hard frankly to not attack state police and others who are doing the crowd management and trying to keep everyone safe. They have not rushed to get into a public office or the capitol. They have been fairly productively managed.”

That sounds similar to other protests, especially Virginia, where tens of thousands of law-abiding Second Amendment supporters gathered to protest Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s gun control overreach earlier this year. That protest resulted in a single arrest – for someone wearing a facemask – and protestors were complimented for picking up trash once they finished. That charge for wearing a facemask in public was eventually dropped.

Gun Control Record

Though not gaining the national attention failed 2020 presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and even failed 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams garner, Gov. Grisham received notoriety for her back-and-forth-and-back-again approach to shuttering New Mexican firearm businesses and ranges.

Gov. Grisham defied early Department of Homeland Security guidance deeming firearm manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and ranges “essential” and instead shut them down. Some stores refused and continued serving customers, including local law enforcement, while following safety guidelines. Gov. Grisham sent in state troopers. She was sued for the closure orders, but then issued an executive order opening small businesses, including gun stores, as long as they kept customer capacity below 25% and followed CDC health guidelines.

That’s what many firearm businesses were doing all along. She instead justified her closure orders as honoring New Mexicans’ right to purchase firearms because they could “still do gun sales on the internet.” The businesses she initially deemed essential included “if it meant those daily requirements for health and safety for human beings and family, you were essential.” Apparently Gov. Grisham doesn’t believe firearms are included, despite numerous reports of local law enforcement being stretched thin and jails releasing criminals who quickly committed crimes again.

Leery of Law Enforcement

Watts turned the conversation to 2020 politics and how political leaders can keep up the pressure for more gun control. Grisham acknowledged it’s a critical time but attempted to say elected representatives of the people needn’t actually listen to the people. Instead, government should just rule as they see fit, and in her mind, the people should act more like subjects and just accept it. That includes elected sheriffs who have publicly told the governor they won’t enforce gun control laws they believe are unconstitutional. She accused them of misrepresenting the truth.

The governor lectured, “Elected leaders need to be not intimidated by the NRA and by the efforts of some groups and law enforcement folks. When you’ve got some sheriffs, some law enforcement folks putting out false information, I think there is some trepidation that if it is somebody in a uniform, that it can’t be putting out false information.”

Biden and Bloomberg’s Millions

Gov. Grisham praised Biden for his gun control history, including his vote for the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and his strong “understanding of gun violence.” Biden notably misunderstands the Second Amendment and continues to trumpet his desire to install failed Senate and presidential candidate former U.S. Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (D-Texas) as his chief gun-grabbing sheriff.

Watts and Gov. Grisham rounded up the conversation by cheering the efforts of national gun control groups like those funded by billionaire and failed presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, who has bragged about buying congressional seats.

Bloomberg’s groups have endorsed Biden already and have pledged millions to help elect candidates across the country. NSSF launched the #GUNVOTE online resource for Americans to learn what candidates have said and done in the past regarding the Second Amendment so that in November, they don’t risk their rights.

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Had to make note of the ever present MYTH that we can still do gun sales on the internet. A purchase must still go through an FFL, usually found in a gun store or maybe a pawn shop closed by the governor.


All but 3 counties in New Mexico have declared themselves to be 2nd Amendment sanctuaries and all but those same 3 county sheriffs have refused to enforce Grisham’s anti-Constitutional laws. The last few gun shows I attended were devoid and ANY LEOs (even in one of the liberal counties) and very few vendors were complying with her “universal background checks”.


– Don’t be too sure that there weren’t any LEOs. I’d be surprised if there were not at least a few in “plain clothes” engaged in personal commerce. They need “off the book” equipment and the honest ones don’t steal guns from the evidence locker.

As for vendors – aren’t most who sell firearms FFLs? If so, are they not already doing federally mandated background checks? What else does Grisham demand?


Finnky, you’re correct, what I should have said was, there were no UNIFORMED LEOs present. No, most of the vendors are NOT FFL holders. Puta Grisham wants all gun sales and transfers registered and tracked. Bottom line is she wants all guns banned from personal ownership.

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JPM, that is interesting, in Virginia, most vendors selling firearms are FFLs. I would be surprised that the opposite is true in NM, as the ATF has guidelines on selling firearms for profit without a federal license.


Anti-constitutionalist’s sense of morality is situational, based on incident and emotion, instead of rooted in God’s word and law.
Anti-constitutionalist’s stand for nothing. The situation determines their support for an issue and their emotions rule, not reason and rationality.
Moreover, they recognize the contradiction, but still cling to their situational justice. Situational justice is the tool of dictators, tyrants, despots, and unjust, unrighteous monarchs. It has no place in a free constitutional republic. In which the United States of America is……………….
Anti-Constitutionalist’s=Anti-Americans=Enemies of the United States…


Once again the progressive message is clear. “Democracy” counts, your opinion counts only if it endorses and advances the interests and opinions of the governing elite. And of course, Watts cannot let a chance go by to deflect and project by accusing genuine grass roots organizations like the many Citizens Defense Leagues of being “astro turf” while drawing her fat pay check from Mike Bloomberg. They are shameless hypocrites. They continue in that mode because they believe the American people are dumb enough not to see through their sham.

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The “someone wearing a facemask” after the Virginia rally on Lobby Day was not attending the rally, nor was a firearms rights supporter. She also repeatedly defied the police officer’s legal request to remove her mask – at the time still a law being enforced in Virginia (pre-COVID-19). There is still a legal contention, currently, due to the COVID-19 requirement, about wearing a mask in public while being CC, however, the police state that they will not enforce that law.