Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback ought to ignore the new letter from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who claims federal agents won’t abide by a new state law on guns.
Sure, the Kansas law won’t pass muster with the U.S. Constitution, as Holder points out.
However, Brownback and the Kansas Legislature are all in this year with their anti-federal, pro-gun stance.
So just because Holder is upset about the new law doesn’t mean Brownback and Co. have to back down from what they just passed and the governor signed.
Plus, Kansas gun lovers will have Brownback’s, er, back, as the Kansas State Rifle Association notes here.
Play this scenario out:
Brownback tells Holder, politely mind you, that Kansans don’t let the federal government decide what is and what isn’t unconstitutional in their state.
So the governor ignores Holder, ignores his letter and the law stays on the books. (Just like these guys say.)
What’s going to happen next?
The feds could sue Kansas, something Holder threatens. Brownback’s response: Let them. He doesn’t have to pay for the defense of this law; taxpayers do. No skin off his nose.
Also, let’s be realistic: Brownback isn’t going to ask any Kansas law agency to actually enforce the law. That would be stupid. The feds will come in here to do their duties — as Holder points out — and not expect to get arrested or anything else silly that the Kansas law claims could happen to federal agents.
No, this new Kansas law is all show and no substance.
So Holder gets a public relations promotion today with liberals for standing up to the inane machinations of Brownback and ultra-conservatives in Kansas.
And Brownback would get a public relations boost if he told Holder to stick it on this lawsuit.
It’s all meaningless politics, fun to watch, but having no real effect.
Unless, of course, a Kansas law enforcement official actually takes the law seriously and tries to arrest a federal agent. Then all hell will break loose.