Democrat Governor's Suspension of 2nd Amendment Doesn't Phase the Media's Democracy Defenders

Michelle Lujan Grisham (Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images)
September 12, 2023

The mainstream media have been sounding the alarm for years about the supposed GOP threats to the Constitution, from voter ID laws to migrant busing.

So how have the media reacted to Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico unilaterally suspending the Second Amendment right to carry firearms? Well, the Constitution hasn't come up much.

Now: News outlets have highlighted Lujan Grisham's claims that her executive order—which banned carry of firearms in and around Albuquerque for 30 days—was a necessary response to gun violence.

There has also been plenty of coverage of the backlash, including the Democratic state attorney general's refusal to enforce the ban.

CNN anchor Poppy Harlow on Tuesday was one of the few mainstream journalists to question the order's constitutionality, albeit gently and nonspecifically.

Then: Notably absent have been the fact checks, analyses, op-eds, and primetime grandstanding about the Constitution that the media have regularly directed at Republicans since at least Donald Trump's presidency.

Unlike with, say, Republican governors busing migrants to other states, the constitutional case against Lujan Grisham's ban on carrying firearms is straightforward. New Mexico's Bill of Rights states, "No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms...," and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled just last year that Americans have a broad Second Amendment right to carry a firearm in public.

Even the most unlikely defenders of the Second Amendment have acknowledged that Lujan Grisham went too far.

Meanwhile, the media haven't even been able to muster a defense of the First Amendment in the face of attacks by a Democratic White House.