Tesla CEO Elon Musk took aim at New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for suspending the right to carry firearms in public in Albuquerque for 30 days.
Grisham issued an emergency order on Friday in response to the murder of an 11-year-old boy in the area, which is one of the top ten most dangerous city’s in the nation, and has recently seen several shootings involving children.
Albuquerque is ranked as the fourth most dangerous places to live, with a crime rate that is staggeringly 171% worse than the national average.
The odds of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 57, with over 7,500 incidents reported in 2022. The same year their were 1,439 robberies, 5,592 assaults, and 80 homicides.
Governor Lujan Grisham says her duty to uphold her oath to the constitution is "not absolute" pic.twitter.com/Mla4rcNXMX
— Beau Hightower (@beauhightowerdn) September 8, 2023
Under Grisham’s suspension, both open and concealed carry have been banned in Albuquerque and surrounding Bernalillo County, which was issued as a public health order.
Citizens can still wield guns on private property, and are able to purchase and fire guns at licensed dealers and shooting ranges, but will required to keep their weapons in locked boxes between locations.
When a reporter asked if Grisham believed that she was maintaining her oath to the constitution with an order that goes against the Second Amendment rights, she had a shocking response.
At risk of stating what should be obvious, deliberately violating the Constitution is next-level illegal.
How soon can this person be removed from office?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 9, 2023
“No constitutional right, in my view, including my oath, is intended to be absolute,” she snapped back.
“At risk of stating what should be obvious, deliberately violating the Constitution is next-level illegal,” Musk tweeted on Friday night. “How soon can this person be removed from office?”
The SpaceX CEO enraged liberals when he agreed with calls for New Mexico’s governor to be jailed on his recently renamed platform, X, the artist formerly known as Twitter.
“The governor of NM says that no constitutional right is absolute and that in an emergency, she can suspend those rights,” posted Break The Cycle’s Joshua Smith.
“She needs to be removed, and jailed. Right away,” he added.
Elon Musk is calling for the arrest of the Governor of New Mexico because she's banning carrying guns in public after several children were shot. pic.twitter.com/fOct8RuGYp
— Karen Piper (@PiperK) September 9, 2023
Comedian Tim Pool agreed with the sentiment. “Police should arrest her immediately,” he wrote. Musk concurred with a simple, “Yes.”
“Elon Musk is calling for the arrest of the Governor of New Mexico because she’s banning carrying guns in public after several children were shot,” screeched a liberal follower.
“Because he is the king of everything now,” someone else snidely replied.
Musk isn’t the only one who thinks the order is illegal, The National Association for Gun Rights and Foster Haines, an Albuquerque member, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New Mexico to block the suspension.
As it is, Albuquerque’s mayor and police chief refuse to enforce the order, which would make law enforcement officials responsible for enforcing civil violations that carry up to a $5,000 fine.
Both Bernalillo County’s sheriff John Allen and District Attorney Sam Bregman aren’t for the order either.
“I am wary of placing my deputies in positions that could lead to civil liability conflicts,” Allen noted.
“As well as the potential risks posed by prohibiting law-abiding citizens from their constitutional right to self-defense.”
“As an officer of the court, I cannot and will not enforce something that is clearly unconstitutional,” Bregman stated.
“This office will continue to focus on criminals of any age that use guns in the commission of a crime.”
Two New Mexico lawmakers, Republican state representatives Stefani Lord and John Bock, have called for Grisham’s impeachment for infringing upon Second Amendment rights.
“We made an oath, which is a promise that we swear that we’re going to uphold the Constitution, the rights of New Mexicans, and she threw that right out the window,” Rep. Lord remarked.
“I was completely shocked and taken by surprise that she would do such a gross overreach and completely violate the constitution.”
“Our governor, she called for open season on law-abiding citizens by subverting the state and federal constitutions and laws of our state, and that’s something that needs to be remedied immediately,” added Rep. Block.