We Will Not Comply Our Way Out Of This

  • September 10, 2023

Complying with “mask” mandates only assured they’d be complied with – for years.

There is a lesson in that somewhere.

The Left figured out that passing laws is a slow, tedious and unreliable process. It is even harder to get around laws already in force – as for example the ones in New Mexico that recognize the right – as per the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and so very much the law in every state – that citizens who aren’t criminals have the lawful right to carry firearms.

How to get around those – and other inconvenient – laws?

The same way that laws prohibiting the wearing of “masks” (which in better times, only criminals wore when entering stores and could be prosecuted for doing it ) and the legal right of people who aren’t by law supposed to be in prison to move freely and go about their business, as well as the constitutional right to gather together to peacefully petition the government for redress of grievances and to gather together to worship, etc. were simply waved into functional illegality by declaring an “emergency.”

That tactic is now being expanded – most recently by the Governess of New Mexico, Lujan Grisham. She has declared an “emergency” and on the basis of that decree, has suspended – presto! just like that! – the lawful right of non-criminals to carry their lawfully possessed firearms in public in Albuquerque and Bernalillo counties. She has thus waved into a state of de facto “criminality” tens of thousands of New Mexican – and not just those who have the legal right to carry a gun.

This is about using “emergency” powers to render “illegal” anything the Left does not like and decides to make a “crime.”

That is the principle being asserted by Lujan. And it will be expanded to encompass other things the Left does not like.

Such as talking about things the Left doesn’t like us to talk about – like questioning the legitimacy of questionably conducted elections, for instance. Such talk constitutes a “threat to our democracy,” by which the Left means its political hegemony. It is ok for the Left to question elections the results of which aren’t agreeable to the Left. Just as one must never question laws the Left favors, such as the one asserting the right to control one’s own body . . . insofar as getting rid of an inconvenient body growing within it. But when it comes to mandates regarding “masks” or those regarding the injecting of drugs into one’s own body, that’s another thing entirely.

“No person, other than a law enforcement officer or licensed security officer, shall possess a firearm  . . . either openly or concealed, within cities or counties averaging 1,000 or more violent crimes per 100,000 residents per year since 2021.”

Italics added.

Only the essential people – that is, armed government workers – will be allowed to legally carry guns. (Also the actual criminals, of course.) Just as only essential government workers were allowed to go about their business.

And this business of  ” . . .within cities or counties averaging 1,000 or more violent crimes per 100,000 residents per year since 2021.” 

The cases! The cases!

The language used by Lujan echoes the language used during the “pandemic” to justify waving into nullity the former legal right of people who had committed no crime to move about freely and go about their lawful business – and to not wear “masks” in public, as only criminals did in more lawful times:

I realize, it is a pinch, and then some, on responsible gun owners,” Lujan said Friday. “It’s a sacrifice that allows everyone else to get their arms around the growing, significant problem.”

Italics added.

Does it not smack of “we’re all in this together” and “two weeks to stop the spread”?

It should. If you have ears – and brains.

How about this:

“The the value of the order is that it gives me three things. One, it says it’s a statewide issue, and it’s a message to everyone to start leveraging your resources and arresting people . . . “

Italics added, again. This order. Exactly.

These people mean to rule by decree.

Lujan says her order is only for 30 days – until she decides whether it will be extended. What do you suppose she will decide?

What will New Mexicans decide?

Some already have – including some you might not have expected.

Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina says he won’t enforce the Decider’s order and Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen said he’s “uneasy” about it because it raises too many questions about constitutional rights.

There are some decent people in what is styled law enforcement (this styling it itself a problem in that it lends legitimacy to something of questionable legitimacy; i.e., the mere fact that something is “the law” does not make it right – and there is no moral right to enforce laws that are wrong).

But we cannot rely on them. We must rely on ourselves.

Jefferson – there is a monument to him in Washington, D.C. – said that rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. He wanted it to be the motto of the United States (it is the motto of his own state, Virginia).

Tyrants must be defied.

Whether in New Mexico or Virginia or any other place in America – which is supposed to be a country in which tyrants have no place.

The way, then, to respond to the tyrant who currently rules by decree in New Mexico is to ignore her decree – and defy her to enforce it. Upon thousands, tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of law-abiding, peaceful people who will not abide being treated as “criminals.”

Let her – let them – try to arrest everyone. It won’t work because it cannot work. The tyrants will have to back down.

Yes, it will take a few brave souls willing to risk being arrested on “charges” that have no basis in law. But those few will show it can be done – and give courage to those not quite as brave, who will follow their example and – by doing so – make it impossible to arrest  everyone.

If this would only have been done three years ago with regard to “lock downs” and “mask” mandates, we would not be here, right now.

Perhaps this is how it starts, right now. It is how we put an end to it, right now.

The Left has learned its lesson.

Have we?

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