After Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham temporarily suspended open and concealed carry licenses in Albuquerque, critics from all parties have raised the alarm. Fox News reports:
Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is coming under fire from members of her own party after temporarily suspending open and concealed carry across Albuquerque under an emergency health order.
“I support gun safety laws. However, this order from the Governor of New Mexico violates the U.S. Constitution. No state in the union can suspend the federal Constitution. There is no such thing as a state public health emergency exception to the U.S. Constitution,” California Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu tweeted.
Lujan Grisham temporarily suspended open and concealed carry laws in Bernalillo County for at least 30 days, starting Sept. 8. The announcement was spurred by the fatal shootings of young children, including a 13-year-old girl in July, a 5-year-old girl in August and an 11-year-old boy this month.
“As I said yesterday, the time for standard measures has passed,” the governor said, according to her office’s press release on the order. “And when New Mexicans are afraid to be in crowds, to take their kids to school, to leave a baseball game – when their very right to exist is threatened by the prospect of violence at every turn – something is very wrong.”
Liberal gun control activist David Hogg responded to Lieu saying that he “agreed” that the order violates the Constitution, and followed up that Lujan Grisham’s reasoning for the temporary ban does not hold water.
When a Democratic governor has lost Rep. Ted Lieu and activist David Hogg because they’ve gone too far on infringing on the Second Amendment, it may not be wrong to look out the window to see if the sky is falling. Protesters took to the streets of Albuquerque to demonstrate their unhappiness with the governor’s order. Gabriel Chavez reports for KRQE News:
Dozens of people protested in Albuquerque Sunday with guns in hand. They’re claiming the governor is overstepping her authority after that public health order banning guns in public spaces in Bernalillo County.
More than 100 people showed up in Old Town Sunday to protest the governor’s order, which is a 30-day ban on carrying a gun in public spaces in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.
In protest, gun owners had their firearms on full display. Many expressed their frustration and anger towards the new order.
“Why I’m here, is the people’s voice needs to be heard, those on the ground those dealing with these situations need to be heard,” says Jonathan Olivas, a protester this weekend.
However, KRQE did not see any police in the area, including State Police, who are tasked with enforcing the order.
Many people we spoke with shared their opinions, saying the order is taking away their rights to protect themselves.
Lynne Russell and Chuck de Caro, a former anchor and correspondent for CNN, respectively, told KOB4‘s Tommy Lopez that people in Albuquerque will be in danger without their guns. Lopez reports:
“I want the people that I love there, my friends, my family, the people of Albuquerque, to feel safe,” said Lynne Russell.
Russell is a former CNN anchor who went to Manzano High School. She and her husband – Chuck de Caro, a former CNN special assignment correspondent and ex-military member – have a message for the governor.
“We’re taking part in this because we think that this is an act of lunacy beyond belief,” said Chuck.
It reminds them of an incident eight years ago when they stopped in Albuquerque on a road trip and were spending the night at a Motel near Coors and Iliff.
Police say a man with a gun barged into their room looking to rob them. They felt like they had to defend themselves, and Chuck ended up shooting and killing the robber in a shootout.
Chuck was shot three times in the process.
“If the governor’s order had been in effect that day, Lynne and I would be just dead,” said Chuck.
They say had there been a gun ban they would have followed the rules and not brought their guns into the motel room.
“Why would you place citizens in a situation like that in which they can’t defend themselves?” said Russell.
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