Bring a gun to a knife fight: For the first time since 2020, when state and federal governments nationwide decided the Constitution and Bill of Rights no longer applied to them and began imposing a whole range of abusive illegal regulations and lockdowns and mandates and blacklisting on Americans everywhere, we are now finally beginning to see some real push back from ordinary people, in ways that leave these tinpot dictators no choice but to back down.
Two examples in the past week. First in St. Louis the city government (controlled by radical leftist Democrats) decided it was time to institute a new panic over COVID, likely to give them the ability to once again easily manipulate voting in 2024, by instituting a new city mask mandate. Though it only recommended strongly that everyone wear masks everywhere, its director of health Matifadza Hlatshwayo Davis said that masks were required of government employees if they were indoors or in a car with another person.
Davis’s problem was that, unlike 2020, almost no one obeyed her demands.
[W]hile many employees at City Hall strapped the masks back on, many visitors did not, raising questions about the effectiveness of the new policy. Of the 10 people sitting outside the city assessor’s office around 3 p.m., for instance, just two people were wearing masks: an older woman and an assessor’s office employee.
At the same time, the Republican governor Mike Parson contacted the city’s mayor, leftist Tishaura Jones, to tell her to rethink this idiocy, noting that her health department had issued false information exaggerating the current health situation. It claimed that “hospitalizations [were] increasing by 38 percent over the past month (December)” when hospital systems themselves had found no increase at all.
Less than 24 hours later, the city backed down, cancelling the mandates on city employees. It had found that bullying only works when people obey you. If they defy you, you look weak instead of powerful, and so the mandates had to be deep-sixed.
Further defiance of government overreach was also seen this week in Illinois. In January 2023 the state government — entirely controlled by Democrats — had passed strict new gun control legislation that banned AR-15s and AK-47s as well as magazines capable of holding more than fifteen rounds. The law also required owners of these guns to register them with the state.
Gun owners who lawfully purchased affected weapons and magazines will have 300 days to register them with the state’s police. They will also be forced to restrict their use to a select few limited applications or face criminal penalties for continuing to possess them.
One year later, the Democrats in Illinois have discovered that the state’s citizens have told them to jump in a lake, with barely 1% of all owners registering, with some gun owners defiantly and publicly refusing to comply, while some of the state’s law enforcement officials stating unequivocally that they have no interest in enforcing the law.
The Sheriffs of roughly 80 Illinois counties vowed not to enforce the ban under most circumstances last January by issuing statements that like-minded law enforcement officials quickly adopted. “I, among many others, believe HB 5471 is a clear violation of the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick, whose jurisdiction is the second most populous in the state, said in a public letter a week after the law passed. “Therefore, as the custodian of the jail and the chief law enforcement official for DuPage County, neither myself nor my office will be checking to ensure that lawful gun owners register their weapons with the state, nor will we be arresting or housing law-abiding individuals that have been arrested solely with non-compliance of this Act.”
What the Democrats in the state legislature will do next is unclear. They have passed a law that they cannot enforce and that the state’s citizens are refusing to obey. If they don’t back down, it will undercut any future abuse of power they wish to impose.
The bottom line remains the same: Since 2020 too many government officials at both the state and federal levels decided they no longer had to obey the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the supreme laws of the land that supercede any other laws or mandates these power-hungry goons might try to impose. Americans obeyed this illegal power grab at first, though it was fundamentally illegal.
It appears that Americans today are no longer so willing to be so meek. In both St. Louis and Illinois they demonstrated that the abuse of power cannot work if no one do obeys.
It is time this point is made more clearly, by every American citizen to every petty dictator in office or in a bureaucracy nationwide. If you abuse your power we will not obey you. We will defy you, in increasing numbers. Or to put it another way, we need to take the advise of Matt Walsh, who when attacked for criticizing the purveyors of the queer agenda for their campaign to mutilate and castrate little kids, told them this:.
We all need to refuse to consent. Since politicians are nothing more than bullies, such defiance will quickly cause them to back off. Both Illinois and St. Louis this week clearly proved this.