Editorial: Arizonans have constitutional rights. Mexican Drug Cartels do not.

Joe Biden’s recent statement that “no amendment is absolute” in reference to the Second Amendment should trouble all Americans, but we shouldn’t be surprised. After all, this Administration has repeatedly violated our First, Second, and Fourth Amendment rights with their mandates, regulations, and attacks on any American who dares exercise their constitutional rights.

Unlike Biden and the Democrats, “shall not be infringed” is clear to me. What is also clear to me is this administration’s  determination to continue violating our rights while encouraging record numbers of drug smugglers, human traffickers, and illegal immigrants to pour across our border, putting Arizona families like mine at risk every day, even as he tries to take away the guns we depend on to protect ourselves. I’m running for Attorney General because Arizona has a duty to protect its citizens, including my family, from that threat.  

The federal government’s continued assault on our freedoms and simultaneous neglect of our border cannot go unchallenged. Arizonans deserve a government that protects their constitutional rights and is committed to securing our southern border.

Now, the folks in DC may not know this, but we also have a Tenth Amendment that reserves powers to the States and the people. It’s time we started using those powers to protect Arizonans’ constitutional rights and restore our state’s sovereignty. 

How do we do that? 

Number one, we recognize we will never comply our way back to liberty. If Arizona wants its power back, we’re going to have to take it. That means when the federal government violates the First, Second, or Fourth Amendment rights of Arizonans, our Attorney General must step in and say, “we will not comply.”

As Attorney General, I’m going to draw a line in the sand. When the federal government tries to undermine our election laws, we will not comply. When they try to take our guns, we will not comply. When they try to tell us how to spend our tax dollars, we will not comply.

If Joe Biden’s hands aren’t tired from signing all those executive orders, I’ll make sure his feet are tired from standing in court.

Number two, we reject the false narrative that the federal government alone has jurisdiction over our border and Arizona lacks the constitutional authority to secure it. The truth is the federal government has completely abdicated its responsibilities at the border and, as a result, Arizona is facing an invasion we are empowered to repel under Article I, Section 10, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution.

Not only do we have the legal authority to secure our border, we also have a moral and ethical duty to our citizens to do it. As Attorney General, I will not sit idly by while a multibillion-dollar criminal enterprise floods our state with drugs, violence, and illegal immigrants. The cartels are behind this invasion, and we must eradicate them from our state. I’ll start by treating them like the terrorists they are and push our state legislature to designate them as such.  

Arizonans have constitutional rights, and they must be protected. The Mexican drug cartels do not, and they must be destroyed. Since the crowd in DC doesn’t seem to get that, it’s more important than ever that our next Attorney General does.