I am a U.S. citizen living in Alaska and, I am outraged by many laws proposed by the Alaska legislature. HB 69, a nullification bill passed by the House to invalidate any future federal laws regarding guns, is just one example of a state legislature run amok.
The fact that this bill is a complete fraud is, for me, a given. My real concern is the way this nullification bill is discussed. Do legislators realize the potential danger law enforcement officers could be in if someone decides this is a valid and true law and shoots an officer? Are they willing to live with that very real possibility? What about a state or local law enforcement official who tries to enforce this insane law, but ends up in federal prison for interfering with a federal official? Are legislators willing to accept that responsibility?
This is not a game; this should not be taken lightly or discussed frivolously with laughter as I heard at a local legislative get-together last weekend. There are real people involved, and real people could get hurt, killed or put in jail for listening to lawmakers who apparently have no respect for the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that nullification is unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, but it seems like many legislators in Juneau believe they are above the highest court in our land.
Do these despot legislators simply believe certain federal laws, statutes and regulations do not apply to Alaska or is something else in the works? Could it be that our rogue legislators, with their insistence that state law can trump federal law, are leading us towards something that is whispered about among a very small minority of people throughout the U.S.? I speak of secession; that period of U.S. history when states in the south feared the loss of slave labor when an abolitionist, Abraham Lincoln, was elected president. Eleven southern states decided to leave the Union rather than tolerate a federal law abolishing slavery … the rest of the story does not need to be repeated.
Consider HB 83, which passed in the House on March 13, which calls for the judiciary committees of the House and Senate to nullify or invalidate any federal law, statute, regulation or order that the Alaska Attorney General believes to be unconstitutional. Seriously? There is an overwhelming majority of one party in the legislature, but that does not give them the authority to rip the U.S. Constitution to shreds. The state Attorney General, along with the Alaska legislature, cannot pick and choose which federal laws, statutes or regulations the state will or won’t follow. I am an American citizen who believes in the U.S. Constitution. For those legislators who want to ignore federal law and the U.S. Constitution, do it on your own time and suffer the consequences. Don’t drag the entire citizenry of the state of Alaska with you on this farce. You were elected to serve the people of the state of Alaska, not separate us from the rest of the United States!