Salon A La Mode, a Dallas salon, opened on Friday despite the current Dallas county ‘stay-at-home’ order. The owner was issued a fine and given a cease and desist letter by Judge Clay Jenkins.
The salon was opened in the morning at regular business hours, as she had announced she would do the prior day. The owner had security to ensure the safety and compliance of its customers.
The police and fire-rescue arrived shortly, after receiving calls, and the owner received a ticket with a fine between $50 – $2000.
After receiving the ticket, the owner did a brief press conference with local news.
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During the press conference, she answered a range of questions, concerning safety issues, her interactions with the police, and her reason for defying the order.
The owner reassured the crowd that she would not be closing despite receiving the fines. She said that her lawyer would be dealing with the ticket, and she insisted she will not pay it.
When asked if she wanted to send a message to other Dallas business owners in her situation, she simply stated, “Open up. It’s your right.”
The owner detailed why she wasn’t concerned about the virus spreading in her salon. She said,
In my salon…we’re all wearing protective gear. We’re all sanitizing. Everything is completed sanitary in there. I’m not letting anybody in without a mask…. We’re much more protected than Walmart, Home Depot, or any of the other shops they deem essential.
In addition to these precautions she outlined to the press, she was also reported to have been taking temperatures of customers.
The reporters began to ask questions about how far she was willing to go in her defiance of the unjust order.
The owner said that she would continue operating the business. She also said that was prepared (and expected to) go to jail Friday morning, but still willing to stand up and give a voice to others like her.
I feel like me not being in jail right now is a pretty big deal. I dressed today thinking ‘I better where something comfortable….’
Because all the small business owners need to have some sort of voice, and we need to stand up for what’s right or we will have our freedoms taken away.
This is one of a few businesses across Texas, including a restaurant in the Houston area, that opened their doors in defiance of ‘stay-at-home’ orders.
Dallas county extended their order a few days ago to May 15th, so only time will tell where confrontations like these are headed.
If Democrats Win, Will Guns Sales Go Through the Roof?
No matter who wins in 2020, the biggest story of this election cycle has been the record levels of gun sales. In a piece titled “Guns Sales Break Records With Gun Control Legislation Likely If Democrats Win”, Newsweek highlights the meteoric rise of gun sales in 2020 and how these sales will only go up under a Biden administration.
It’s likely that a Biden win on November 3, 2020 will give life to gun control measure such as universal background checks, assault weapons bans, and national gun buybacks. Scott Reeves of Newsweek noted that “coronavirus pandemic, urban riots and the likelihood of increased regulation if the Democrats win the White House, regain control of the Senate and hold the House” have led to the unprecedented firearms sales. A Biden win would only accelerate this trend, as people become frightened by the prospect of gun control.
Through September, background checks recorded by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reached 28.826 million. This total surpassed 2019’s record of 28.369 million, representing a 28 percent increase, according to the FBI report. As of September 30, Illinois was leading the nation in background checks with 5.6 million. Reeves noted that other states such as Kentucky (2.364 million) checks, Texas (1.730 million), Florida (1.386 million), Indiana (1.203 million), California (1.187 million) and Pennsylvania (1.030 million), were also experiencing significant upticks in gun sales.
Since NICS came into effect on November 1998, a total of 361.830 million background checks for all purposes have been completed since the program began in November 1998.
Zogby Analytics provided some more data showing how enthusiastic Americans are about buying guns:
Zogby Analytics in Utica, New York found that the number of gun owners increased 3.9% between October 2019 and October 2020 to 31.3% of the population. The number of individuals in a household keeping a gun at home, work, vacation cottage or club for personal protection, hunting or target shooting increased 7% to 42.2% in the last year. Membership in the National Rifle Association, a gun rights advocacy group, increased 6% to 17.7% in the last year, Zogby’s polling found.
“While there is fierce debate in Washington D.C. and among voters about what certain types of guns and accessories constitute ‘assault weapons,’ adults in the U.S. are buying and keeping more guns,” Jonathan Zogby declared.
Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, an anti-Second Amendment organization, is of the opinion that uncertainty brought about by the Wuhan virus pandemic, riots, and the election are contributing factors to the rise in gun sales.
“Typically, gun sales rise in times of fear,” he said to Newsweek. “We live in a time when there’s a lot of fear, including fear that there might be more gun regulation with a Democratic President and Democratic majorities in Congress. And, there’s been a lot of unrest.”
Americans actions speak louder than their words. Even if Joe Biden does the unthinkable (and the very unlikely) by winning on November 3, his administration will encounter stiff resistance from gun-owning Americans across the political spectrum.
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