The Deep State Brings a Nuke to a Gun Fight

In the first article of this series, I sounded the alarm about some of the Second Amendment ramifications in the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York case currently being mulled by the Supreme Court.

Underplayed and spun hard left in the mainstream media (shocker), this lawsuit represents far more than simply another minor skirmish in the ongoing battle over gun rights in America.

That’s because it exposes — for the first time, in any concrete way — an underlying, coordinated conspiracy to suppress Second Amendment rights at both the state and local levels, and on a sweeping national scale.

To recap, that hidden conspiracy became visible when NYC hastily changed their law to render the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association lawsuit moot before the Supreme Court could hear the case. They made this chess move not to dodge the minor humiliation of losing…

But to avoid a new high court precedent that would invalidate lots of other punitive gun laws, in other liberal zones around the country.

If that doesn’t prove the existence of a broad underground movement to subvert the Second Amendment on a nationwide scale, I don’t know what would prove it.

The thing is, it’s not the only evidence of a coordinated national conspiracy to suppress your gun rights — and to prevent the Supreme Court from strengthening the Second Amendment — that this important case has exposed.

There’s nothing else to call this but “Deep State”

I’m reluctant to bust out the “Deep State” label here, because I think it’s overused.

But that really is the best way I can think of to describe what transpired after NYC changed their law this past June to avoid Supreme Court review. If that term didn’t already exist, I’d be inventing it right now to characterize this rabbit-hole conspiracy.

That’s because back in August, Rhode Island’s Sheldon Whitehouse and four other Democratic Senators — Gillibrand (NY), Durbin (IL), Hirono (HI), and Blumenthal (CT) — filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York case…

And in that filing, Whitehouse and friends basically threatened the Supreme Court with restructuring if they didn’t declare this case moot and deny it a hearing.

That’s why the Wall Street Journal hilariously called the filing an “enemy of the court” brief — and why veteran lawyer and National Review journalist David French characterized it as “the most malicious Supreme Court brief I’ve ever seen.”


Seems like a fairly nuclear response from Democrats representing unaffected constituencies up to 5,000 miles away over a rinky-dink municipal case about gun transportation, doesn’t it?

Of course it seems that way, because it IS a strong reaction — historically strong.

And it’s yet more concrete evidence of a coordinated Deep State (read: big-government liberal Democrat and/or socialist) effort to undermine, weaken, and otherwise destroy the Second Amendment and your right to guns.

To its credit — and undoubtedly due to the conservative influence of new Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh — the Supreme Court denied a request to deem the case moot in October, opening the door for the oral arguments that happened last week.

It remains to be seen, however, whether the Supremes will issue a ruling on New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York

Or whether they’ll dismiss it, and once again shirk their responsibility to uphold and strengthen the Rodney Dangerfield of constitutional amendments.

We’ll know by July or so, reportedly.

So what’s a gun owner to do — now or later?

My main point with this series, once again, is that however it shakes out…

The landmark New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York case will have served a valuable purpose to gun owners and Second Amendment advocates (AKA: real Americans) across the fruited plain.

It will have done this by shedding more light on the legislative reindeer games a lot of liberal states and cities play to deny taxpaying, law-abiding residents basic gun rights — AND the larger Deep State conspiracy to nuke the Second Amendment entirely out of existence.

But now that this case gives us proof of all that beyond any doubt, perhaps more of us gun owners will start seeking relief from this sort of tactical tyranny by any and all legal means at our disposal. That’s my second point with this piece.

Clearly, we can sue, and we should, more often. And we can protest, instead of always being targets for others’ protests. We can write to our elected officials, and to the media (for what that’s worth). We can tell our stories of how guns have saved us, and others, or defused deadly situations. And we can vote, of course…

But we can also vote with our feet, and our wallets — by moving away from places that hate us and use the law as a weapon to strip us of our rights, in blatant violation of the Constitution.

In other words: New Yawkers, Jerseyans, Californians, Illinoisans, Washingtonians, and more — remember that you’re Americans first and foremost…

And as inconceivable as it may be to you right now, there are still places in this nation where you can be free, at least relatively speaking.

For instance, I’m fully prepared to ditch Maryland for Pennsylvania if the “Free State” gets any less free when it comes to my guns and what I can do with them. I’m not kidding about that, either. I’m currently shopping for Keystone acreage…

But hopefully, it won’t come to that, for me or for any of us.

Perhaps the conservative tilt of the current Supreme Court will make a difference, and that august chamber will step up and put the teeth back into the Amendment that safeguards our freedoms more than any other.

Perhaps the revered liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will retire soon, allowing another conservative Justice to be nominated and confirmed (albeit with two black eyes and a broken nose). And perhaps someone will remind Chief Justice Roberts that he IS a conservative…

I won’t hold my breath for all of that to happen, though, huh?

Vigilantly Yours,

Jim Amrhein

Jim Amrhein
Freedoms Editor, Whiskey & Gunpowder

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