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Friday, April 18th, 2014

A Legislative Civil War Brewing over Obama’s Gun Control Plan

From Missouri to Oregon, Texas to Tennessee, lawmakers and law enforcement officials in as many as seven states across the country reacted to President Obama’s plans to pass federal gun control laws by saying they would introduce laws that prevented the federal government from enforcing the president’s gun laws in their states.

According to a rundown by ABC News, governors and state legislators in Tennessee, Missouri, Texas, Mississippi and Wyoming have pledged to introduce Obama’s laws from applying in their state when passed. In addition, sheriffs in Oregon and Kentucky have said they would refuse to enforce the federal laws in their jurisdictions.

It is reminiscent of the battles that the federal government had to wage in the 1960′s against states that refused to follow the law of the land and allow African Americans to integrate public institutions and schools. There has long been a tension between the feds and the states—a tension that has often historically revolved around issues of race.

Though the states are pointing to the most visible elements of Obama’s plan, such as the assault weapons and high capacity magazine ban, the nation already had an assault weapons ban in place for 10 years, from 1994 to 2004. But there wasn’t the same kind of talk of defying President Clinton at the time.

“I am asking that you immediately pass legislation that would make any unconstitutional order by the President illegal to enforce in Mississippi by state or local law enforcement,” Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant wrote in the letter to state lawmakers, adding that other states have “introduced similar measures and I believe we will be successful in preventing this overreaching and anti-constitutional violation of our rights as American citizens.”

In Texas, state Rep. Steve Toth, who represents an area near Houston, said he would be filing legislation “assisting the protection of the Second Amendment.”

“We can no longer depend on the Federal Government and this Administration to uphold a Constitution that they no longer believe in,” Toth said in a release. “The liberties of the People of Texas and the sovereignty of our State are too important to just let the Federal Government take them away.”

In Kentucky, Sheriff Denny Peyman of Jackson County, told The Lexington Herald-Leader that he would not enforce any laws he considers unconstitutional, saying he has “a team of attorneys to step up with me if necessary to be sure the Second Amendment is upheld,” adding that he considers it “a moral obligation.”

 

About Nick Chiles

Nick Chiles is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He has written or co-written 12 books and won over a dozen major journalism awards during a journalism career that brought him to the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and New York Newsday, in addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief of Odyssey Couleur travel magazine.

Comments

  1. Gary Villa says:

    You're right, race is an issue in this, but not the way you imply. Obama is being the racist here. So-called "assault weapons" are, according to his own Department of Justice, used in fewer than 1% of homicides in the US, and virtually all the victims of those crimes are white, middle-class suburbanites. On the other hand, over 50% of gun crimes are committed by repeat-offender violent felons, and the majority of their victims are poor urban people of color. The difference in numbers is off the charts, with the former only a few 10s a year, compared to thousands a year for the latter. By championing something like a national 2-strikes law for violent felons, he could be guaranteed to reduce gun homicides by 50% or more, rather than the fraction of 1% that an "assault weapons" ban might stop (and even that is extremely unlikely) And yet, rather than using this unprecedented opportunity to address violence in our society to save thousands of lives, mostly Black and Hispanic, Obama is choosing instead to waste all the political capital he has, paid for with the lives of 20 small children, on pushing a law that, according to his own best data, would save virtually no lives, all because he doesn't want to pass up the opportunity to gain some small victory in the self-destructive culture war by attacking private gun ownership.

    • wtf if its a .22 its an assault rifle ……puts gun to head pulls trigger! save the children even tho we know children dont know shit about whats happening in the world the truth so yeah this child bull shit is a fucking joke what about the children who are brain wash in africa and kill hm? oh no its the conneticut shooters fault we need to ban guns even tho someone will get a gun fuck my life i wish a nuke would go off and i would wish animals would survive not a human or alien soul would life so it would be "peaceful" like it should of been we dont deserve this planet were a waste we think money is the solution to things instead of doing it we have the tech and resources to florish to live on too but money controls you idk why but you also think coffees not a drug even tho its no different then meth !i hate you if i had the chance i would kill you like i said if moneys the answer the we dont deserve this planet …….so tell me do you see plant eaters killing each other? hm now why is that ..oh darwinism the strongest will survive HA fuck you! a one man army is nothing compared to a battalion who is cordinated ..see my dick yeah good lil girl ..ops your a dude my bad

  2. David Senuti says:

    Well said Gary…. Thank you for the inspiration and truth.

  3. why don't you ban chemtrails you prick! noble peace prize what a fucking joke.
    this country is.

  4. Anonymous says:

    We cannot divide, pure simple the tyrants are trying to seize old British style rule. The is no heir to the throne. We will be free in life and death, they are breaking laws and need to be tried for treason and be sentenced to life in prison with bubba. The only flaw in the Constitution is religion, you cant mix satan worship, and alah together in harmony. God says there is no compromise.

  5. Im a republican so is my husband, we have black friends some of our closest friends are black. Try also know they are black, and we know we are white(this is t racist its fact)

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