Anyone who paid attention during the Covid lockdowns, testing and mask regimes saw what I saw: A very high correlation between liberal Democrat governors and highly repressive rules. My former home state of Montana was among the worst. Governor Bullock mandated that anyone entering the State be quarantined for two weeks, with or without (worthless) PCR testing. New York and California were equally and unjustifiably harsh. These liberal cats bared their claws and stopped pretending to be supporters of our Constitution.
MM recently wrote the following:
As you may know, the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade as unconstitutional, and Congresslady Maxine Waters immediately puckered up and gave a press conference and said “to hell with the Supreme Court, we will defy them”. In any rational universe, that would be cause for her immediate arrest and permanent ejection from Congress, since that is treason.
Indeed, a group of office holders who cared so little about due process and free assembly during the lockdowns are not going to honor the law of the land, a Supreme Court decision.
MM urged that Waters be jailed, and I second that notion.
We’ve written plenty about the Covid regime. This post, however, is about another court ruling.
In New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, a few weeks back, the Court reaffirmed that the Second Amendment means what it says, that citizens have the right to keep and bear arms, including publicly. It gets a bit technical, as 43 states have rules that are referred to as “shall issue” which allows them to set guidelines for carrying a weapon, while not outlawing it. The Court did not rule on those states, instead focusing on New York, which had enacted harsh laws, rule and regulations that effectively overruled the Second Amendment.
The New York legislature quickly passed a law that flies in the face of Bruen, doing a Maxine Waters on that ruling. They now require 16 hours of curriculum training and two hours of live fire-range training. That, to me, sounds reasonable.
But in addition, the state wants applicants to turn over their social media accounts so that the state can determine if they are of sound moral character. That sounds subjective. Here is the actual wording of the statute so hurriedly passed. It wants to ascertain that applicants for carry permits are people …
“having the essential character, temperament and judgment necessary to be entrusted with a weapon and to use it only in a manner that does not endanger oneself or others.”
Now we are talking privacy. That will surely have to be litigated. Looks like the State Attorney General is headed for another trip to the Supreme Court Building.
The State Legislature also made a list of places where, no matter any ruling, people are not allowed to carry weapons. They are …
Government buildings, clinics, churches, libraries, parks, playgrounds, child and family service offices, nurseries, preschools, summer camps, addiction treatment centers, mental health facilities, homeless, youth and family shelters, schools,public transportation,bars, performing art centers, sports stadiums, polling places, public gatherings covered under the First Amendment, and Times Square.
That is not an exhaustive list. I left several other venues out just because they were too wordy. I am trying to think of a place it does not cover. All I can think of is our houses, maybe our bathrooms. It appears every public venue is off limits.
I would call this list of places where the Second Amendment is outlawed “Maxine Waters zones,” in honor of her words of defiance over Dobbs.
Obviously, New York wants to defy Bruen. That is just how liberals rule. Part of their problem is their lack of humility, and the certainty that they are right and morally superior to the rest of us. They are not only wrong about that, but downright annoying. As Mark Twain said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” People so certain of their own righteousness are, in my view, dangerous.
Here is an article describing how New York has effectively nullified Bruen. It also contains a full list of Maxine Waters Zones, including the ones I left out.