Last week, when some states were forcing gun stores to close as part of their coronavirus shutdown orders, the Trump administration weighed in with guidance: Firearms stores and manufacturers are to be considered “essential” businesses during the lockdown efforts. And while that federal guidance from the Department of Homeland Security does not bind local governments to the decision, it raised fierce criticism from groups like Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety, both of which hoped to use the pandemic to slow the sale of guns.
“The gun lobby has fear-mongered to stoke gun sales throughout this pandemic, pedaling the lie that more guns make us safer. The Trump administration just gave that myth its seal of approval, proving once again that President Trump cares more about lining gun dealers’ pockets than saving American lives,” said MDA’s Shannon Watts in a Facebook post.
She was echoed by Everytown representative John Feinblatt, who wrote: “It’s shameful and nonsensical that the Trump administration has decided to put gun dealers and manufacturers on the same level as police, first responders, hospital workers, and other Americans who are risking everything to save lives during this pandemic. Governors should feel free to ignore this irresponsible advisory and do what’s best for their residents.”
And to complete the trifecta, here’s some blather from Ernest Coverson of the End Gun Violence Campaign: “Instead of taking aggressive measures to curb gun violence, the federal government has again prioritized gun ownership over the basic right to live in safety and listed firearms as essential and critical to pandemic infrastructure. Gun retailers are not essential businesses and should not remain open during this pandemic.”
Amazing. Every word of what you just said is wrong.
There is, of course, a reason why gun sales have skyrocketed over 60% in the last two months. You can call it panic or you can call it preparedness, but you can’t say it doesn’t make any sense. Americans see what’s happening. They see the potential for partial collapse looming in the not-so-distant future.
Now, maybe that “collapse” won’t mean a return to the Stone Ages, but could it mean that crime rates soar just as police forces are least equipped to deal with it? Could it mean that rampant rates of unemployment will turn everyday citizens into desperate animals?
No, no, we should just sit back and listen to the kooks at Moms Demand Action. We’re sure they have our family’s safety well in hand.
The Democrats, mind you, are using the coronavirus to empty our prisons of convicted criminals.
Yeah, we’d say gun stores are pretty damn essential.