Saturday, April 21, 2018

It would appear things are getting really ugly -- South Carolina ready to secede?

South Carolina has a history of this, of course. They threatened to secede over a trade embargo with Great Britain in 1832 and then actually seceded in in 1860 because the Union was pushing for the abolition of slavery. The Union was right, of course, because slavery is an abomination, but South Carolina was within its rights under the Constitution and everybody knew it. Read the Constitution, including the 10th Amendment. States have the right to secede. Don't think so? Then why did the Confederate states have to be readmitted after the War Between the States? If they never left the Union because they did not have the right to do so, why the requirement to readmit them? Just sayin'.

Anyway, it isn't slavery this time, but at least some people in South Carolina want to secede. (So do some people in California, and I'm inclined to let them, but that's a song for another time.) A couple of legislators in South Carolina have introduced a bill calling for the state to secede if the federal government confiscates weapons in violation of the Second Amendment:
The measure, which was referred to the South Carolina State House Judiciary Committee on April 5, would open the possibility of the state seceding from the U.S. if the federal government began confiscating legally purchased firearms. The bill states:
Notwithstanding another provision of law, the General Assembly shall convene to consider whether to secede from the United States based upon the federal government's unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, if the federal government confiscates legally purchased firearms in this State."
The thing is, the federal government, no matter how bad Democrats wish it were so -- and they do -- is not going to start confiscating firearms. It is, for starter, unconstitutional, and, from a real-world perspective, simply not going to happen. Consider how many people with firearms would refuse to turn them over, and what they might do when someone showed up to confiscate them. Not going to happen.

Given all that, I think the guys who introduced this bill are trying to make a point rather than address a problem or, for that matter, to actually try to secede. The point? Don't go there, Dems. You might not like what you find.

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