As an illustration of the extremes to which some will go to block any new federal gun-control laws, consider recent legislation introduced in Arizona. SB 1112 “prohibits public servants and federally licensed firearms dealers from enforcing any U.S. government act, law, statute, rule or regulation.” Thus, if an assault weapons ban is passed in Congress, the president signs it into law, and the law is declared constitutional, then any federal officer in Arizona enforcing this law will go to jail for one year.
Although these Arizona legislators have declared themselves to be patriots, they are reviving a principle last seen when the southern states seceded from the Union. It calls for the nullification of the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which states, “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States... shall be the Supreme Law of the Land.”
Those who wrote and advocate for SB 1112 also swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution. I submit that the correct word to describe them is not “patriot,” but “traitor.”