The New York Times reports that Missouri has dealt a blow to my elitist east coast efforts to accept the people of the so-called flyover states. The Republican Missouri legislature has suddenly fallen in love with the idea of nullification. This is a concept from the 1830s, which most of us thought the American Civil War finally settled, that states can declare Federal laws unenforceable in individual states. Apparently Missouri forgot that Article VI, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution, declares the Federal constitution and laws, to the “the supreme law of the land “ state law or constitutions “ to the contrary notwithstanding. There is more to the Constitution then the Second Amendment.
So why are they reviving obsolete yet dangerous political theories? Guns, what else?
Missouri has made it illegal to enforce Federal guns laws in that state. Federal agents can be arrested for trying to enforce Federal law. They have also tried it for Obamacare, the pet hate of Republicans. But I guess a lot of people consider any thought of limiting their rights to own guns, even a call for responsible gun ownership, is an insult to the American way of life, their sexual prowess, and the sheer feeling of power in a gun too many people want. And more important than what its opponents call a major threat the economy. Perhaps the good citizens of Missouri want to be sure they can defend themselves from mobs of the unemployed.
The Missouri law, before it gets bounced by the courts for gross violation of the United States Constitution, also makes it illegal to publish the names of gun owners. And here I thought gun owners were proud, and that owning a gun was a good deterrent to crime. Or has this been another piece of pro-gun propaganda. One course pointed out that this may make it illegal to print the name of the winner of a youth shooting contest, even one run by the NRA.
Apparently the names of Missouri guns owners can appear in the massive NRA data base of gun owners, far larger than their membership. This proves what I always thought. When the commies take over, the first place they should go is the NRA headquarters –or, these days, hack into their computer.
One of the names may be the wife of veteran right wing rocker Ted Nugent. She was recently arrested for bring a pistol into Dallas-Fort Worth airport, which may be the only place in Texas where they do not allow guns. Her husband has always been flamboyantly conservative, and a strong supporter of guns. Maybe they both got Cat Scratch Fever from those two kittens that got loose in the New York subway a few days ago and shut a line down for two hours.
Pro-gun arguments, with their obsessive focus on rights, seem to have forgotten the concept of responsibilities. The professional lobbyists, craven politicians without the nerve to support denying guns to people with mental problems, careless parents who leave guns lying around for children to find, clowns who consider Black teenagers with hoodies a mortal threat, not to mention a whole range of gun totting criminals, detract attention from the many more responsible gun owners. Recent news stories have also show that some people who tangle with gun owners, presumably responsible gun owners, are idiots. An escaped prisoner took a senior citizen couple hostage. He cut their phone and seized one of the legal guns they had in the house. He managed to overlook a shot gun the couple owned. He also managed to overlook the husband’s former profession; he was a trained prison guard, able to judge a potential mortal threat to him and his wife and able to do something about it. The hostage did something about it.
Recently a “rocket scientist” decided to rob a gun store with a baseball bat. He seems to have figured that the guns for sale are probably not loaded. He apparently forgot that employees of gun owners might be into guns, know how to use them, and have loaded guns easily available. When the police arrived, the perp was face down on the floor. The clerk had a gun trained on the criminal. Remember the old saying, or something like it — never bring a baseball bat to a gun fight.
Ah … the wonderful two sided world of the gun debate.
Bruce Brager is an experienced freelance writer and ghost writer with an extensive record of publications. His most recent major piece is an e-book on the Texas Revolution and the Battle of the Alamo. Mr. Brager’s e-book Texas Revolution and the Battle of the Alamo can be found at www.collca.com