I knew this was going to happen.
From the moment I saw that a sheriff in Washington State had declared his community to be a sanctuary city safe from I-1639, I just knew there would be outrage. I also looked forward to that outrage for reasons I’ll get into in a bit.
Well, I didn’t have to wait too long for the screeching to begin.
They’re part of student-led movement demanding tougher gun laws that started after the Parkland school shooting.
Students with “We Won’t Be Next Seattle” campaigned hard to get I-1639 to the ballot and had been celebrating its passage, until they heard about the position of a small town police chief in Eastern Washington.
“It’s totally against my oath of office, which is to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Washington state, and I will not enforce it,” Republic Police Chief Loren Culp declared just over a week ago.
Local “We Won’t Be Next” co-founder and Kamiak High School Senior Niko Battle was floored.
“When I saw that for the first time I thought we can’t let this stand. We can’t set a precedent, especially as student activists who spent countless hours fighting for this initiative, we can’t set a precedent that it’s okay for our leaders to say ‘you got the change that you were hoping for and that you were fighting for, but we’re still going to decide to slap you in the face and to not enforce it,’” Battle said.
Battle says not enforcing the law is a threat to the state.
“It’s critical to demand and to ensure that every elected official or every community leader enforces all parts of initiative 1639, unlike what the Police Chief of Republic, Washington Loren Culp is trying to do, because that rhetoric and that ideology, that ‘because I don’t agree with the law I don’t have to enforce it’ is something that is dangerous to the integrity of the law as it effects the entire state,” Battle said.
I look forward to seeing Battle make those same arguments to San Francisco and other places that have unilaterally decided not to enforce federal immigration law.
You see, Culp didn’t necessarily create this out of thin air. Sanctuary cities have been around for a little while.
Progressives have patted themselves on the back for getting law enforcement not to enforce laws they disagree with — namely, immigration laws.
But two can play at that game, and that’s what Culp is basically doing here. He decided that he won’t enforce a law with which he disagrees. Better than that, Culp has a constitutional argument to make. The Second Amendment clearly says, “the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” I-1639 infringes the hell out of the right of Washingtonians to keep and bear arms.
With immigration sanctuary cities, though, the Left has no such justification. It just makes a bunch of crap up and pretends it’s a valid argument.
Well, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander and now, and it’s good for the laughs if nothing else.