Have you ever ordered a blatantly unconstitutional act, from your position of elected power, in order to ‘stimulate a conversation’ over the epidemic of gun violence that you are just buzz wording into existence, while ignoring the fairly obvious pandemic associated root causes of the nationwide violence spike because some of those are highly inconvenient for your political party?
If you answered, “No.” then you are probably anyone and everyone except New Mexico’s governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham. Grisham is currently parading her political stunt for nation to see for an as yet undetermined reason. I am trying to see where this advances another concept or career path for her.
I can’t see it.
Her Attorney General doesn’t see it has gone on record has unwilling to defend it too.
This leads me to believe that perhaps, yes, she is just this stupid. She truly believes the words spilling out of her mouth and that should probably render her ineligible to hold office. You don’t understand how the machine works, you can’t drive it. We have forklift certifications and I’m increasingly in favor of a civics IQ test for elected officials. Like a 4473 question list where if you check one of the boxes wrong you are denied the opportunity to run for office.
The governor’s “Public Health Emergency” covers cities and counties with over a 1% effective annual violent crime rate, 1,000+ incidents per 100,000 residents. That is Bernalillo County and Albuquerque. This, in this most dangerous of areas in the state, then suspends the constitutional right of self defense in public spaces with the governor’s acknowledgment that criminals will not abide by it.
“I welcome the debate and the fight about making New Mexicans safer.”
Again, this stunt is to prompt a debate. The governor is claiming that this attention grab is to start the conversation about making New Mexicans safer. What it appears to be accomplishing is simultaneously highlighting that the governor doesn’t know where the violence problems in her state are coming from or the limits of what she can do within the parameters of her office. It also looks to be chalking up some very easy wins for Pro-2A organizations and calling into question other governor’s efforts in their own states. New Mexico is not California and this lunacy won’t fly outside that rather odd space.
If she were hoping to fall on this grenade in order to flush “2A extremists” from their hiding places and bolster gun control positions… she is really bad at it. David Hogg thinks you are wrong, ma’am. David. Hogg.
If her goal is instead to make other positions look more reasonable and moderate, still a fail. I can neither see nor theorize any avenue where the burning of this political capital is buying anything. It makes the Dems in NM look silly and irritates that not insubstantial pool of moderates and conservatives within the state. Unlike California, New Mexico is only Blue by about 10 points (55% Dem vs 45% Rep). While guns are a polarizing issue they don’t affect everyone the way money does, so this may not cost them the state. It could be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back too with other negative issues piling up. Democrat elites have soured their base while Republicans have failed to capitalize and pick up the discontented break aways.
Basically everyone thinks politicians suck more than usual right now.
I wonder how that fit into MLG’s calculus? What am I saying, I don’t know if anything fit into her calculus. This was a wild idea.