New Mexico lawmakers call for Grisham's impeachment

New Mexico lawmakers call for Grisham's impeachment
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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wasn’t someone who was going to get a lot of press outside of her home state. Sure, she’s a big deal in New Mexico, but New Mexico isn’t exactly New York so far as the media is concerned.


She sure fixed that, though, with her “public health emergency” and her unilateral ban on lawful carry in Albuquerque.

Hell, I’ve gotten more practice spelling Albuquerque than I ever thought I’d get just since Friday.

But the truth of the matter is that Grisham’s declaration grossly oversteps her authority and makes it pretty clear that her oath to support and defend the Constitution doesn’t mean crap to her.

As a result, some lawmakers in the state are calling for her impeachment.

New Mexico state representatives Stefani Lord and John Block are calling for the impeachment of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham after Grisham issued an emergency order suspending the right to carry firearms in public in and around Albuquerque, the state’s largest city.

The governor on Friday issued an emergency order suspending the right to carry firearms in public across Albuquerque and the surrounding county for at least 30 days amid a spate of gun violence.

“This is an abhorrent attempt at imposing a radical, progressive agenda on an unwilling populace. Rather than addressing crime at its core, Governor Grisham is restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” the statement from Lord read.


Honestly, if there was a governor deserving of impeachment right now, it’s Grisham.

Even a number of people on the gun control side are less than supportive of this effort, citing constitutional concerns first and foremost.

However, both chambers of the legislature are heavily blue, which means it’s unlikely any impeachment effort will come to pass. Grisham’s fellow Democrats might not like what she pulled, but they’re also not likely to hand their opponents a huge win against a member of their own party.

That’s a shame, too, because Grisham should be removed from office.

She lacks anything approaching the authority to do what she’s trying to do. In the process, she’s usurping the legislature’s authority entirely.

While I oppose gun control, most of the legislature in New Mexico doesn’t. They’ve passed some, even.

What Grisham is doing is basically bypassing the legislature’s authority to pass gun control at all–even the Supreme Court says there are legally permissible gun control actions–and doing it herself. Granted, it’s unlikely that even this legislature would have supported such a move, but that’s beside the point.


So, with that in mind, I can’t completely rule out the possibility of Grisham actually facing impeachment over this. If so, it’ll be the first time I can recall a governor being removed from office for something that didn’t involve criminal offenses in my lifetime.

But when a governor decides to take unilateral and unconstitutional action to restrict people’s Second Amendment rights, that’s as much of a reason to remove someone from office as we’re likely to see.

Just don’t hold your breath.

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