It takes a drastic misstep for gun control zealots to admit one of their own overreached in an attack on Second Amendment rights. That, however, is increasingly the case in the aftermath of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s shocking executive order banning the carry of firearms.
On Friday, the Democrat used the pretext of a public health crisis to strip the right to open or concealed carry even from permit holders. The prohibition lasts for 30 days and covers Albuquerque and surrounding Bernalillo County.
Even far-left outfits realize the danger of such a dramatically unconstitutional act.
Lalita Moskowitz is the litigation manager of the New Mexico ACLU. She warned that “this kind of approach leads to the over-policing of our communities, racial profiling, and increased misery in the lives of already marginalized people.”
She urged that Grisham instead expend her energies on “evidence-based solutions.” As opposed to, it appears, running wild with a whim.
Democratic state Sen. Joseph Cervantes posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, that the governor’s approach is “unconstitutional.” He said the action “undermines the important collaboration gun issues deserve.”
He is apparently aware of the widespread dissension and multiple lawsuits Grisham’s reckless order spawned.
Anti-gun rights crusader David Hogg blasted the move on X, noting that the Constitution does not contain a state public health emergency exception.
Hogg later expounded on his comments. “If Dems don’t do enough on gun violence I have and will tell you. If I feel they approach it in a way I don’t agree with, I will also tell you.”
And anti-gun crusader Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) reiterated his support for “gun safety laws” before blasting Grisham’s initiative. He acknowledged that no state may suspend constitutional rights and echoed Hogg’s assertion that the Constitution does not permit states to opt out over public health.
This surprising admission spurred a humorous response from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). He posted on X, “wow. wow. wow. Here are words I’ve never said before: @tedlieu is right.”
Gov. Grisham was clearly not thrilled with the backlash from within her own party. She also took to X, posting that “conceal and open carry laws are something that I have jurisdiction over.”
The embattled governor added, “If you’re really interested in helping curb gun violence, I’d welcome you to join our next police academy class.”
It’s an interesting day when even hardcore leftists realize one of their own crossed a constitutional line.