Second Amendment Supporters Should Worry about the National Popular Vote Movement
One of the greatest threats to the integrity of the 2nd Amendment inched closer to reality last week as the state of Colorado signed on to the National Popular Interstate Vote Compact (NPVIC). The Centennial State joined 12 other states along with the District of Columbia that represent 181 electoral votes in future presidential elections.
Delaware is reportedly set to add its 3 electoral votes to make the total 184 – just 86 votes short of the total needed to elect the next president.
Why is this a terrifying thought and what does it have to do with the Second Amendment you ask? Well, gun rights proponents shouldn’t miss the fact that the great majority of states in favor of this movement favor either eliminating or greatly altering the gun rights.
Both Colorado and California are states controlled by the Democrat Party that lost two Presidential elections over the past 20 years despite having won the national popular vote.
According to Ammoland, in 2000, Al Gore, who had called for the licensing of handgun owners, won the popular vote by about 500,000 – aided by a 1.3 million vote margin in California. Hillary Clinton’s 2016 popular vote margin of 2.9 million was aided by winning California by 4.3 million votes. California – where just about any anti-Second Amendment scheme gets passed into law.
For now, we have the Electoral College to thank for holding the anti-gun faction that wants to neuter the 2nd Amendment out of the White House. However, there can be no doubt the pact is a real threat – “one that is looming.” States that have adopted the pact are:
- District of Columbia – 3 electoral votes
- Colorado – 9 electoral votes
- Connecticut – 7 electoral votes
- Hawaii – 4 electoral votes
- Illinois – 20 electoral votes
- Maryland – 10 electoral votes
- Massachusetts – 11 electoral votes
- New Jersey – 14 electoral votes
- Washington – 12 electoral votes
- Vermont – 3 electoral votes
- California – 55 electoral votes
- Rhode Island – 4 electoral votes
- New York – 29 electoral votes
It is certain, the next time gun control extremists control both the governorship and state legislature of a state, it will become much more likely that the state turns into their version of California. The same state that has continuously sent anti-gun zealots like Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer and Kamala Harris to Washington to work at the federal level.
For proof of this look no further than H.R. 1, the so-called “For the People” act that was passed by the House earlier this year. The misleadingly named 706 page bill’s from Democrats purpose is to effectively rig the system against Second Amendment supporters.
President Trump has proven what those who voted for him hoped – a staunch protector of our 2nd Amendment rights – need not worry too much. His two Supreme Court appointments alone offer a constitutional buffer to hold anti-gun zealots powers at bay who want to protect criminals while penalizing honest law-abiding citizens.
Had Hillary Clinton been elected there can be no doubt she would have acted on the wishes of gun control activists like Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, and Michael Bloomberg.
It is no wonder Democrats are behind an end to the Electoral College and lowering the voting age to 16. Even though Democrat leadership knows out founding fathers never wanted the presidential election to be a popularity vote, they also want to ensure member of their party will always be in the highest positions of power.
One of the great debates by our founding fathers was how to ensure something like this never happened, that a balance of the wishes between smaller and larger states was maintained in every election. They knew without it, states with larger populations would always win elections, something they knew was unfair.
The Electoral College along with the Supreme Court was their answer to ensure smaller states were not drowned out by the larger more influential ones.
Article II of the Constitution stipulates the existence of the Electoral College but states in favor of NPVIC believe they have found a loophole. They intend to throw all their electoral votes to whoever wins the popular vote in their state.
The League of Women Voters recently issued a study that questions the “constitutionality, fairness, possible flaws, and other issues of the pact.” Objections to the Pact included:
- The Constitution’s political compacts clause requires congressional approval of political compacts making NPVIC unenforceable.
- A majority of a state’s voters would be disenfranchised should that state’s Secretaries of state be forced to certify electors representing the winner of the national popular vote regardless of their state’s popular vote.
- “The concerns of many rural areas could be overlooked as candidates speak to issues resonating with urban populations.”
Remember, California alone caused the popular vote to swing to both Al Gore and Hillary Clinton – the state that has most anti-2nd Amendment laws in the nation. That’s why it’s so important to stay abreast of laws like this, so you can fight back against them.