pic.twitter.com/r5kt9nOSvI — Rep Stefani Lord (@Lord4NM) September 9, 2023“This emergency order violates the Governor’s oath to protect and defend the rights of New Mexicans and is illegal in nature,” she wrote. “The legislature has a duty to intervene when the government is overstepping boundaries, and Governor Grisham’s order and comments disqualify her from continuing her tenure as governor,” she said. Republican state Rep. John Block, who supported Lord’s impeachment call, said he wants Lujan Grisham to step down or face impeachment. “We sponsored the anti-crime bills to fix our state and voted for them in committee while your left-wing extremist radical allies voted against punishing criminals — leading to civilians and law enforcement being brutally murdered in our streets, including in my district,” Block wrote on X. “Then, you sign an order so unconstitutional even you said you know criminals won’t follow it and that it won’t hold up in court. Then, you claim your oath and the Constitution are not ‘absolute’ and can be suspended at your beck and call. You and your acolytes alone have blood on your hands. Resign or be impeached,” he wrote.
The two lawmakers told KRQE-TV that they would not be idle as the Constitution was violated. “We made an oath, which is a promise that we swear that we’re going to uphold the Constitution, the rights of New Mexicans, and she threw that right out the window,” Lord said, adding, “I was completely shocked and taken by surprise that she would do such a gross overreach and completely violate the Constitution.” Block said Lujan-Grisham “called for open season on law-abiding citizens by subverting the state and federal constitutions and laws of our state, and that’s something that needs to be remedied immediately.” Legal scholar and George Washington University professor John Turley heaped disdain upon the order. “The order, in my view, is flagrantly unconstitutional under existing Second Amendment precedent. It could also be a calculated effort to evade a ruling by making the period of suspension so short that it becomes moot before any final decision is reached by a court,” he wrote on his website. Turley also noted a disturbing trend of which the order is a part.
We sponsored the anti-crime bills to fix our state and voted for them in committee while your left-wing extremist radical allies voted against punishing criminals — leading to civilians and law enforcement being brutally murdered in our streets, including in my district. Then,… https://t.co/vqBzfrFRrO— Rep. John Block (@RepBlock) September 10, 2023
“Democratic leaders have increasingly turned to a claim used successfully during the pandemic in declaring a health emergency to maximize unilateral authority of governors. There have also been calls to declare racism a public health emergency, supported by groups like the American Public Health Association,” he wrote. “Transgender programs have also been declared a public health emergency by some groups. The motivation behind many of these calls is not to negate constitutional rights, but the question is whether such declarations allow governors discretion to suspend or curtail individual rights.” “As the list of claimed health emergencies grow, even state Democratic judges may begin to balk at the obvious end run around constitutional rights,” he wrote. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
The order, in my view, is flagrantly unconstitutional under existing Second Amendment precedent. It could also be a calculated effort to evade a ruling by making the period of suspension so short…https://t.co/aURAa8Ict9— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) September 9, 2023