Sometimes it's important to pay attention to what the people on MSNBC say, because it can actually give us insight on just what we should do for liberty. That's the case with "Pointless Nullification in Kansas," a blog post by Rachel Maddow Show producer Steve Benen. Surprising as it may sound, conservatives interested in preserving the Second Amendment can look to Benen for all the advice they need.
Earlier this week, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law the "Second Amendment Protection Act," a bill that reasserts the state's role in protecting the right to keep and bear arms of those living there. The bill reads, in part:
Any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States which violates the second amendment to the constitution of the United States is null, void and unenforceable in the state of Kansas.In conjunction with the above clause, the bill defines what is meant by "the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States" and contends that it isn't based off a decision by the Supreme Court.
The second amendment to the constitution of the United States reserves to the people, individually, the right to keep and bear arms as that right was understood at the time that Kansas was admitted to statehood in 1861, and the guaranty of that right is a matter of contract between the state and people of Kansas and the United States as of the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Kansas in 1859 and the United States in 1861.By definition, state and local agents cannot enforce any acts or actions that are "null, void and unenforceable in the state of Kansas." Based off this text, the state of Kansas now cannot participate in any federal gun control measures that restrict the individual right to keep and bear arms as understood when Kansas became a state in 1861.