The bloody side of gun nullification laws in Kansas, Missouri
The Kansas City Star
It’s rather easy to laugh right now at the silly gun laws being rushed through the Kansas and Missouri legislatures.
But if and when there’s blood in the streets, these laws won’t look so quaint or harmless.
Surely the Republican lawmakers in charge of both states know they can’t nullify federal laws when it comes to the Second Amendment. That’s unconstitutional. Aren’t they thinking about the trouble ahead?
I’m not concerned about the potentially costly lawsuits that would result from passage of the laws, as U.S. courts struck them down.
I’m talking about when some people in Kansas and Missouri actually take the laws seriously enough to shoot down a federal officer trying to enforce any new U.S. gun laws that Congress could pass in the coming months.
Because, after all, that’s what the laws are meant to do: Create a situation in which the states of Kansas and Missouri would claim they could arrest or otherwise stop federal officers from enforcing federal laws on the soils of both states.
And if those laws are in effect, what’s going to stop any yahoo with a gun in Kansas or Missouri from taking the Second Amendment more seriously than it should be in 2013 - and enforcing with a gun the part about “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
If the federal government starts enforcing new gun laws passed by Congress - gun laws that the states of Kansas and Missouri don’t recognize - people in both states could take it on themselves to think they are enforcing the Second Amendment in making sure their rights are not being infringed.
And if that means shooting and killing U.S. law enforcement officers, so be it.
This could get bloody in the future if the Kansas and Missouri legislatures don’t come to their senses.