Is “gun control” the new illegal immigration? Seems that way.
The same cast of misfits, bizarros and opportunists that railed against “illegals” have turned their attention to guns.
Specifically, that “they’re coming to get your guns. And we’ll stop it.”
From Maricopa State Senator Steve Smith’s “Don’t enforce federal gun laws in AZ or we’ll put you in jail” bill to the usual suspects in our state, gun control has left illegal immigration in the dust.
And two of the biggest law enforcement windbags are once again using a controversy to get their names in the news.
Joe and MiniJoe are at it again.
Sheriff Arapio has taken to the airwaves to threaten the Feds: Don’t expect me to enforce new gun laws that take weapons from our citizens. Sayeth Joe, ““I took 10 oaths of office, and they all say I will defend the Constitution of the United States and the laws of my state, Arizona. I take that very serious. Now, if they’re going to tell the sheriff that he’s going to go around picking up guns from everybody, they’re going to have a problem. I may not enforce that federal law.”
One problem: Even the most “radical” Congressional legislation proposed does nothing of the sort.
Diane Feinstein is prepared to introduce new legislation to bring back the assault weapons ban of 1994, but it’s even more inclusive.
Except for one giant loophole: Owners of existing weapons get to keep them. There will be a “grandfather” clause in her bill ensuring the current weapons owners will not have to turn in their semiautomatic or automatic weapons and ammunition.
No matter to Joe, though. Just like with illegal immigration, ginning up the hysteria through a false perception is much more important than reality.
Meanwhile, MiniJoe — Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu — has written a letter to President Obama (you can read the full letter here).
After a bit of bragging and a ridiculous analogy between gun murders and traffic fatalities (“America has seen an even higher number of our citizens killed by impaired drivers . . . Why are you not seeking to remove those vehicles from our roadways?”), MiniJoe becomes Judge Babeu:
“I will also push for legislation which would make it a crime for any federal law enforcement officer to infringe upon any Constitutional rights of the citizens I am sworn to protect. Neither myself nor you have any right to infringe upon the 2nd Amendment Constitutional Rights of our citizens.”
Judge Babeu, of course, will decide which laws passed by Congress should be deemed constitutional.
Meanwhile, will someone please get MiniJoe a good proofreader? His letter is an embarrassing wealth of writing mistakes.
Yep, MiniJoe, his mentor and others have neatly pivoted from illegal immigration and moved their circus to gun control. With about the same level of seriousness.
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Bio: Mike McClellan has lived in Arizona since 1967 where he attended high school and the University of Arizona. McClellan taught high school English for 36 years, including 30 years at at Dobson High School in Mesa. He has been a contributing columnist to both the East Valley Republic editions and the East Valley Tribune.