It appears to finally be happening. Saturday California Governor Gavin Newsome started the wheels in motion to enact a gun law modeled on Texas’ insane and clearly unconstitutional anti-choice law.
Newsom tweeted, “SCOTUS is letting private citizens in Texas sue to stop abortion! If that’s the precedent, then we’ll let Californians sue those who put ghost guns and assault weapons on our streets. If TX can ban abortion and endanger lives, CA can ban deadly weapons of war and save lives.” The conclusion is correct, the method is contrary to our national interest and it is all coming about due to the lack of bravery (and a few other things) of the current Supreme Court majority.
As my regular readers know, I am almost without exception a Newsom fan. This idea, in and of itself, is insane but it is both predictable and made necessary by the recent actions of the Court. They have had at least two clear opportunities to rule the Texas abortion law unconstitutional and have fumbled both. (If you want to stay with a football analogy for a bit, their actions are like two intentional fumbles in their own end zone.) I fully expect the Court to effectively overturn Roe but if that is their intention then they need to have the courage to come out and do it. Wisdom, integrity and courage are not traits commonly found among the current Court’s majority.
In a strange non-ruling, ruling, they initially let the law take effect despite the fact that it clearly violates the current standards as decided in Roe, (which until and unless overturned is still the law of the land). Last week they issued a ruling letting the law stand but allowing challenges. In plain and PG language: What kind of malarkey is that? Effectively they said we’ll leave the speed limit on this road as is but if you get a speeding ticket you can go to court and challenge the law. See how far you get with that.
Intelligent leaders – and it certainly doesn’t appear that description applies to the majority of the current Court’s justices – consider the repercussions of their actions before they take them. It’s like coaching basketball; successful coaches considered the likely response to any change they make. This ruling on a red state’s (at the legislative and executive levels at least) anti-choice law invited a blue state’s similar action on gun laws. What do we invite now? How soon before a red state effectively outlaws same sex civil marriage? In principle this is the states rights to have slavery argument all over again.
If we allow individual states to have entirely different and incompatible laws, we no longer are a nation. What happens if North Carolina says you drive on the right and South Carolina says you drive on the left. Can you see my point?
Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Neal Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas see what you have brought to pass. The blame is squarely on your shoulders! Are you prepared to make more duplicitous rulings in the process facilitating the end of this grand experiment in democracy?
Two wrongs don’t make a right and nobody wins a urinating contest.
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I’m putting out an APB (all points bulletin) for spine…missing from the Court…and the Republican caucus of the Congress.
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