The state of New Mexico is led by a governor who is, perhaps, the biggest anti-gunner in the nation. After all, not even President Joe Biden has tried to unilaterally ban the lawful carrying of firearms outright, but Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham did.
And after she was smacked down over that effort, she now wants the state to pass anti-gun measures.
One of those deals with a New Mexico-specific “office of gun violence prevention”.
A bill that would establish an Office of Gun Violence Prevention passed the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee on a party-line vote Tuesday.
HB 144 seeks to establish the Office of Gun Violence Prevention through the New Mexico Department of Health which would collect data related to gun violence in New Mexico.
The committee voted 4-2 to pass the bill.
The Office of Gun Violence Prevention will expand what the NMDOH already does with respect to firearm data collection, bill sponsor Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil, D-Los Ranchos, said.
The committee voted to amend the bill to say the Office’s director would be selected by the governor rather than by a selection committee.
“We simply removed that process and the director would just be funded by the governor and serve at the pleasure of the governor,” Hochman-Vigil said.
State Rep. John Block took issue with the change, arguing that no governor really would be able to do a good job on their own in selecting someone to run the office.
However, what Block and others in New Mexico need to understand is that without the governor being the one who decides who runs the office, it doesn’t make much of a jobs program for anti-gun activists.
See, activism doesn’t pay particularly well. There are few actual jobs for anti-gun activists and outside of the larger groups, there’s just not any way to make a living pushing for gun control.
By trying to create these offices, Democrats are essentially creating new jobs for gun control activists and not really anyone else. After all, these offices exist to do one thing and one thing only, and that’s push for various gun control policies. Perhaps even worse, they use taxpayer money to justify infringements on those same taxpayers’ rights.
While this is going to be billed as some kind of neutral effort in states like New Mexico, it isn’t. It will be nothing but an excuse to hire anti-gun activists and fund them to continue pushing for various gun control efforts.
Even if I trusted the governor there to pick someone who isn’t a vehement anti-Second Amendment type, the nature of gun control research is so terrible that they couldn’t do the job accurately in the first place.
But Lujan Grisham and those like her are more interested in pushing gun control and less interested in actually finding solutions that people on all sides can agree on and that don’t infringe on people’s rights.
From Biden on down, that’s what these offices of “gun violence prevention” are really about and will always be about.