While today’s Seattle Times alerts readers that more than 300 pot stores could spring up around Washington – a few days after the Justice Department said it will not challenge legalized pot laws here or in Colorado – a progressive journal is sneering at the notion that Missouri gun owners want to ignore federal gun laws by way of a state statute.
Just how far does the hypocrisy of the Left go?
Washington’s self-anointed “progressives” were all a-twitter over last week’s announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder that the pot legalization measures adopted last fall in the Evergreen and Centennial states will not be challenged. Translation: Holder has declined to enforce federal drug laws in two states, thus opening up a possible 14th Amendment lawsuit by potheads in the other 48 states, a development some people at the Justice Department evidently haven’t considered.
But in Missouri next Wednesday, the Legislature is expected to vote on a veto override of legislation red-inked by Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon that essentially says federal gun laws cannot enforced in the Show Me State. A rally is scheduled at the state capitol in Jefferson City, and the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is among the co-sponsors.
If the veto is overridden and the measure becomes law, Attorney General Kris Koster – another name noticeably absent from the list of attorneys general supporting a National Rifle Association lawsuit against the enforcement of a federal gun law – is sending strong signals about his enforcement intentions.
The Left wants it both ways, or at least their way; that is, liberal politicians appear to be endorsing a “pick-and-choose” approach to the law. They will enforce the laws they like and ignore the ones they don’t. Some analysts might suggest this is tantamount to sowing the seeds of anarchy.
The Times story notes that 21 pot stores could be located in Seattle, and 61 sprinkled around King County. That’s the same county, according to another Times report, that saw state troopers arrest nearly 300 motorists for driving under the influence during a recent crackdown on drunk drivers.
About the best the political Left can do is contend, “That’s different.” In this case, that translates to “The law is fine for you, but it doesn’t apply to us.”