The “Trayvon amendment” will cut some federal funding to states which have the Castle Doctrine
We all knew what was going to happen once the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin incident became a political football–the Democrats were going to use this issue in an attempt to pass more restrictive gun control laws. They have been looking for a crisis to exploit since Operation Fast and Furious imploded and they feel as if they have found it in Florida.
Florida’s second amendment friendly stand your ground law is being made the scapegoat in the death of Trayvon Martin and now some Democrats in the House are preparing to attach the Trayvon amendment to the Commerce Department spending bill. What the Trayvon amendment does is cut some funding to states which have any type of stand your ground/Castle Doctrine law on the books in a blatant attempt to persuade states to adopt less gun friendly laws if they want federal money to keep flowing into the coffers.
Federal money shouldn’t be spent supporting states with laws that endanger their own people,” said Reps. Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the two Democrats who are offering the legislation. “This is no different than withholding transportation funds from states that don’t enforce seat-belt laws
I just happen to live in the only state (New Hampshire) without any adult seatbelt laws and I can report to you that we are managing to get along without the transportation money, thank you. We don’t need the federal government stepping on our rights here in the Live Free or Die state just so that we can get roughly $5 million in transportation money, but the transportation funding and this potential Trayvon amendment show us exactly how damaging it can be to states rights now that it has become commonplace for the states to rely on federal money in the first place.
By accepting federal money the states give up their individual sovereignty because they must meet federal requirements in order to keep receiving the money, and as can be seen in the Trayvon amendment, that means changing state laws in order to create a defacto federal law. So while the Congress isn’t going after a new federal gun control law per say, they are attempting to persuade the individual states to pass gun laws the federal government feels are more appropriate and because these laws will be changed at a state level it is believed by the Congress that those who believe in state rights won’t notice what is happening.
I don’t think the Trayvon amendment stands a chance at passing the House right now, but we will have to keep a close eye on this in the future and even if it fails we can rest assured it will come back again if Barack Obama wins reelection and the Democrats take back the House.