Governor ‘Suspends’ Constitutional Rights – Immediately Pays The Price

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If you don’t think that the “health mandates” imposed on American citizens during the pandemic opened doors for liberal government officials to further mandate against freedoms, think again.

The right to bear arms has been fiercely debated between liberals and conservatives. The second amemdment of the U.S. Constitution secures the right to firearms. Although liberals advocate even more gun control than already exists in regard to law-abiding citizens, they have never come up with a way to get guns out of criminal’s hands.

Conservatives correctly maintain that limiting constitutionally based firearms rights is against the U.S. Constitution and would leave citizens at the mercy of criminals, and yes, their own government.

But now in New Mexico, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, has crossed the line to suspend the constitutional rights of the citizens in her state regardless of how those citizens see the issue.

Grisham issued an emergency public health order on Friday, temporarily suspending both open and concealed carry of firearms in Albuquerque, the state’s largest city, for a duration of 30 days.

This high-handed and oppressive action was not taken lightly and Grisham is being threatened with impeachment over her suspension of constitutional rights in the state.

Although crimes are being committed across the nation daily, no other governor has seen to limit citizens right to protect themselves with firearms.

But reportedly, the decision by the Democratic governor was prompted by the recent tragic killing of an 11-year-old boy in a road rage incident involving gun violence. Governor Grisham cited this incident as the basis for declaring the emergency, acknowledging that she anticipates legal challenges but stating her belief that action was necessary due to the escalating gun-related crimes in the city.

In addition to the order, Lujan Grisham penned a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, seeking federal assistance. The governor disclosed that she had been requesting federal aid since June 2022, emphasizing the need for federal resources to combat the “escalating violence and drug and human-trafficking activity that is ravaging our great state,” she said.

“The nature and volume of these crimes require focused attention from the federal government,” Grisham said at a press conference flanked by law enforcement officials. The New Mexico Governor then claimed that her duty to uphold her constitutional oath is “not absolute.”

“No constitutional right, in my view, including my oath, is intended to be absolute,” she claimed, pointing to restrictions on “free speech.”

Read that again, if you are not alarmed.

With that statement, Grisham has embraced the squashing of free speech that has been evident from social media blocking and suspending to the issues former President Trump now faces from those who hold hsi free speech statements against him in hopes to silence his voice.

Not surprisingly, Grisham was immediately met with ferocious backlash from the American right.

Addressing the “emergency” removal of constitutional rights:

And Elon Musk voices the obvious “How soon can this person be removed from office?”

And the situation was quickly brought into focus within the big picture:

“The governor of New Mexico is using a public health order to suspend a right guaranteed by the US Constitution. Yes, a public health order,” Ron DeSantis Press Secretary Jeremy Redfern said. “Did you think the left was going to stop at just forcing you to wear a mask?”

Quickly putting action behind their horror at the governor’s move, New Mexico State Representatives Stefani Lord and John Block are calling for the Impeachment of New Mexico Governor Michelle Grisham.

Gun-control activists lit up the internet with protest over the governor’s actions:

David Hogg, a Parkland school shooting survivor and gun control activist, stated his disagreement.

A connecting line can be drawn between Grisham’s attempt and words from California Governor Gavin Newsome, who is potentially a figure in the 2024 election:

Newsome speaks the exact line that proves his detractor’s stance on the issue: Criminals do not obey laws. Laws limiting guns will only affect citizens who are following the law. Hence, criminals will have guns and other citizens will not, under Newsome.

“Not only has Congress stalled for YEARS on passing common sense reforms — judges across the country are tearing down laws that Americans overwhelmingly support,” he claimed. “Laws that keep us SAFE and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.”

It seems there is agreement on all sides from those referring to the Constitution. Legal scholar Jonathan Turley weighed in:

And even another Democrat from California, Congressman Ted Lieu, sees the attack on the U.S. Constiution by Gov. Grisham and Gov. Newsome.

The actions by Gov. Turley will surely cause a dividing line among Democrats, between those who still revere the U.S. Constitution and those who want absolute control. The outcry seems to be unifying, on the other hand, conservative and moderate Republicans.


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