Once again, a Democratic regime is cherry-picking states to force into compliance with the U.S. Constitution while holding aloft the founding document’s “Supremacy Clause.”
Per Civics 101, the clause stems from Article VI, Paragraph 2, which “establishes that the federal constitution, and federal law generally, take precedence over state laws, and even state constitutions,” Cornell Law School notes in its online ‘splainer.
“It prohibits states from interfering with the federal government’s exercise of its constitutional powers, and from assuming any functions that are exclusively entrusted to the federal government,” the ‘splainer notes further.
This is relevant again because the Biden regime has its dander up over a new measure signed into law on Thursday by Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parsons. Called the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” the measure prevents local police in the Show-Me State from assisting federal agents in enforcing federal firearms laws.
“The Second Amendment Preservation Act is about protecting law-abiding Missourians against government overreach and unconstitutional federal mandates,” Parsons wrote in a letter to the Justice Department.
“We will reject any attempt by the federal government to circumvent the fundamental right Missourians have to keep and bear arms to protect themselves and their property. Throughout my career, I have always stood for the Constitution and our Second Amendment rights, and that will not change today or any day,” he added.
Well, the regime — which is not at all concerned about cities and states that refuse to help federal agents enforce immigration laws and in many cases outright thwart federal immigration agents — will not be denied when it comes to taking away Americans’ gun rights.
Fox News reports:
In a letter sent Wednesday night and obtained by The Associated Press, Justice officials said the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause outweighs the measure that Parson signed into law Saturday. The new rules penalize local police departments if their officers enforce federal gun laws.
Boynton said the law threatens to disrupt the working relationship between federal and local authorities, they said in the letter, noting that Missouri receives federal grants and technical assistance.
“The public safety of the people of the United States and citizens of Missouri is paramount,” Boynton wrote in the letter.
What a load. If the administration gave two you-know-whats about ‘public safety’ Biden’s handlers would have him signing new executive orders reversing his earlier reversals of former President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement policies.
Now, some have speculated that these are two different things — refusing to assist federal agents in the enforcement of immigration law and refusing to help enforce gun laws because there is Supreme Court precedence for the first.
However, this assumes that the state of Missouri cares about any of that.
Parsons, along with GOP state Attorney General Schmitt, aren’t rubes even though they’re from a largely rural state. It is pretty shortsighted to believe neither they nor the lawmakers who passed the bill haven’t thought it out or even researched it. They are all no doubt well aware of things like “Supreme Court precedence.”
But if they’ve simply made up their minds that they’re not going to let Biden take guns from their citizens, then to them it won’t matter what the regime thinks is and is not “legal.”
Perhaps Boynton should factor that in before he does something arrogant.