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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
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By Larry Keane

Gun control groups fearmongering about lawful firearm owners better be careful. New Mexico Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham just destroyed their narrative by saying the quiet parts out loud.

Gov. Grisham spoke to Moms Demand Action’s Shannon Watts for Everytown for Gun Safety’s Veepstakes with candidates auditioning to be second fiddle to 2020 presumptive Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden. Watts, who has repeatedly stated protests are “AstroTurfed” and fake, regurgitated the tired narrative that pro-Second Amendment rallies taking place across the country involved “armed protestors that we know are fueled by fearmongering and extremism.”

Grisham must not have gotten the script.

“I’m going to give New Mexicans, even though they continue to do those protests, a shout out,” Gov. Grisham explained. “They worked hard frankly to not attack state police and others who are doing the crowd management and trying to keep everyone safe. They have not rushed to get into a public office or the capitol. They have been fairly productively managed.”

That sounds similar to other protests, especially Virginia, where tens of thousands of law-abiding Second Amendment supporters gathered to protest Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s gun control overreach earlier this year. That protest resulted in a single arrest – for someone wearing a facemask – and protestors were complimented for picking up trash once they finished. That charge for wearing a facemask in public was eventually dropped.

Gun Control Record

Though not gaining the national attention failed 2020 presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and even failed 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams garner, Gov. Grisham received notoriety for her back-and-forth-and-back-again approach to shuttering New Mexican firearm businesses and ranges.

Gov. Grisham defied early Department of Homeland Security guidance deeming firearm manufacturers, retailers, distributors and ranges “essential” and instead shut them down. Some stores refused and continued serving customers, including local law enforcement, while following safety guidelines. Gov. Grisham sent in state troopers. She was sued for the closure orders, but then issued an executive order opening small businesses, including gun stores, as long as they kept customer capacity below 25% and followed CDC health guidelines.

That’s what many firearm businesses were doing all along. She instead justified her closure orders as honoring New Mexicans’ right to purchase firearms because they could “still do gun sales on the internet.” The businesses she initially deemed essential included “if it meant those daily requirements for health and safety for human beings and family, you were essential.” Apparently Gov. Grisham doesn’t believe firearms are included, despite numerous reports of local law enforcement being stretched thin and jails releasing criminals who quickly committed crimes again.

Leery of Law Enforcement

Watts turned the conversation to 2020 politics and how political leaders can keep up the pressure for more gun control. Grisham acknowledged it’s a critical time but attempted to say elected representatives of the people needn’t actually listen to the people. Instead, government should just rule as they see fit, and in her mind, the people should act more like subjects and just accept it. That includes elected sheriffs who have publicly told the governor they won’t enforce gun control laws they believe are unconstitutional. She accused them of misrepresenting the truth.

The governor lectured, “Elected leaders need to be not intimidated by the NRA and by the efforts of some groups and law enforcement folks. When you’ve got some sheriffs, some law enforcement folks putting out false information, I think there is some trepidation that if it is somebody in a uniform, that it can’t be putting out false information.” 

Biden and Bloomberg’s Millions

Gov. Grisham praised Biden for his gun control history, including his vote for the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and his strong “understanding of gun violence.” Biden notably misunderstands the Second Amendment and continues to trumpet his desire to install failed Senate and presidential candidate former U.S. Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (D-Texas) as his chief gun-grabbing sheriff.

Watts and Gov. Grisham rounded up the conversation by cheering the efforts of national gun control groups like those funded by billionaire and failed presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, who has bragged about buying congressional seats.

Bloomberg’s groups have endorsed Biden already and have pledged millions to help elect candidates across the country. NSSF launched the #GUNVOTE online resource for Americans to learn what candidates have said and done in the past regarding the Second Amendment so that in November, they don’t risk their rights.


Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

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  1. I really dont think even the most uninformed gun owner doubts what these emperor wanna-be’s have in mind for us subjects. The two things we MUST do is stop the planned voter fraud and get our as*es to the polls!

  2. Virtue signalling Slow Joe has basically backed himself into a corner at this point. I think he’s pretty much going to need a non-white female on the ticket if he wants the democrat voter base to turn out. He already pissed off quite a few blacks, then he said he was seriously considering several women of color. Imagine him having to explain why he didn’t end up picking one.

    • “Women of color”. That term has been over-used by the Left and no longer holds its former significance.

      Frankly, if someone is qualified, it shouldn’t matter what their chromosomal or melanin makeup is. The ideology a person espouses should be the deciding factor for candidacy. Hillary, for example, was supremely qualified, with experience in the White House, Senate, and Cabinet. But her ideology was abhorrent, so she ran on the premise that she’d be the first female President, hoping it would lift her to victory in the same manner that Barry Sotero won the 2008 election by promoting himself as black.

      “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

      […] when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

      Free at last! Free at last!

      Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

      Who would have thought at the time that the Democrat Party would be overrun by the Left, and would abandon this creed to see the conservatives/Republicans take up the mantle?

      • I think the notion that –

        “Who would have thought at the time that the Democrat Party would be overrun by the Left, and would abandon this creed…”

        – misses the point that it never was the democrat creed. Democrats voted both in total numbers and by a larger percentage to oppose the 64′ civil rights act, both in the HoR and in the Senate

        House Vote:

        Senate Vote:

        And lets not forget about that great Democrat President who ended up freeing the slaves…oh wait, doh!

        • You are correct in that facet of the argumentative jewel, but note that the Dems cried for years that equality – regardless of skin color – was their goal. But as long as the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Chuck Schumer, AOC, Tlaib, Omar, et al, are allowed by the Party to hold the reins and step in front of the MSM cameras, their continued insistence that we focus on intersectionality check boxes (gender, sexual orientation, skin color) runs against that. They thrive on the perpetuation of perceived “inequality” and class warfare.

        • “Speaking of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, let’s review (since they don’t teach this in schools): The percentage of House Democrats who supported the legislation? 61 percent. House Republicans? 80 percent. In the Senate, 69 percent of Democrats voted yes, compared with 82 percent of Republicans. (Barry Goldwater, a supporter of the NAACP, voted no because he thought it was unconstitutional.)

          When he was running for president in 2000, Vice President Al Gore told the NAACP that his father, Senator Al Gore Sr., had lost his Senate seat because he voted for the Civil Rights Act. Uplifting story — except it’s false.”


        • “insistence that we focus on intersectionality check boxes (gender, sexual orientation, skin color) runs against that. They thrive on the perpetuation of perceived “inequality” and class warfare.”

          A white Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be out of a job.

          Funny thing about the inequality talk: On average, Hillary and Warren paid the men on their staff much more than the women. Recall these were the people screaming about forcing others to change. Hypocrite much?

        • @ Haz

          I think you are confusing “Creed” with “Rhetoric”. A guiding principle and an artful lie are not the same thing.

      • MLK’s speech as well as his “doctoral thesis” was plagiarized from a preacher’s speech given in the 1920s.

    • Well then Warren is in the running. No better example of a woman of color representing the American Indians of America exists today. Just ask her.

    • i’ve heard Joe spoken of favorably by some…but when the talk turns to a vp selection the tone changes…the dems better be careful they don’t select someone who people may choose to vote against….

    • I think he could have it all. A “female”, minority and celebrity…..Just choose Caitlyn Jenner and hope Hillary doesn’t suicide you for not picking her.

  3. So is the democrat party just a joke now? Why is she interviewing with Mom’s Demand? She should be interviewing with the DNC heads or maybe even Joe himself. Does Cuomo really rule the party now?

    • Asdf,

      Who really rules the Democrat party now? That, my friend, is the $64,000 question.

      I think the Clintons ruled the party back in the 90s. At this point I suspect that a few billionaires rule the party now. The other possibility is that no one truly rules the party — it just flits and floats around according to whatever passions rule the day, with some steering from those billionaires and their cohorts in the legacy media.

      I have often heard the very profound and important question: does the legacy media drive the Democrat party or does the Democrat party drive the legacy media? I personally believe that it goes back-and-forth according to internal power struggles.

    • There are rumors about finding misplaced ballot boxes near the end of the vote count that were – surprise! – 90% in favor of Her Highness. (It’s amazing, the number of years that has happened in the Land of Enchantment.)

  4. Why don’t she go ahead and resign, NM is already in bad shape because of her ignorant, greedy, Selfish, demands and her so-called laws that she makes up!

    • Thinking so too..everyday I look around and see the future ain’t that bright.

  5. All you AR goobers are gonna get your neck arteries crushed by our beloved boys in blue about this time next year.


    • In your dreams, jiz-stain.

      What a pathetic loser you are, all you can do whimper your little insults.

      Why don’t you do everyone a favor and kill yourself?

      Nobody likes you, and no woman will ever let you mount her.

      You incels are such a sad joke…

    • CGray,
      Thank you for that elegant post. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside 🙂

  6. Just look at the stats in chitcago or any democrat controlled shithole city or state!
    More gun control leads to more criminals taking advantage over law abiding defenseless citizens! More guns owned by legally licensed owners prevents the crime! FBI stats confirm!

  7. Is there any situation where a group of like-minded sheriffs can get together and arrest and jail a governor? This a serious question.

    Secondly, is there any situation where a group of like-minded citizens can get together and citizens arrest and jail a governor? Again, this a serious question.

  8. Who is cgray, and why does he say this: “All you AR goobers are gonna get your neck arteries crushed by our beloved boys in blue about this time next year.” ???

    First of all, what is an AR goober? Nothing in the dictionary…..is it some secret code developed by children in the basement of some raging Karen?

    I fear we have been inundated by some form of body snatchers, you know, the ones who for some explainable reason, believe they are a high form of human, all the while cavorting in some stinky, slimy ooze to get their jollies.

    By the way, what is an incel?

    I guess I must have missed important days in school… 🙂

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