On April 22, 2020 , Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman insisted that the city’s businesses reopen.
“I am not a private owner. That’s the competition in this country. The free enterprise and to be able to make sure that what you offer the public meets the needs of the public,” Goodman, said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“Right now, we’re in a crisis health-wise, and so for a restaurant to be open or a small boutique to be open, they better figure it out. That’s their job. That’s not the mayor’s job,” she added.
Technically, Goodman does not have the authority to order Las Vegas’ casinos to reopen and her comments run against the reopening guidelines the state’s Gaming Control Board issued, which will ultimately decide when business opens up again.
On April 21, Democrat Governor Steve Sisolak said that casino owners are working on a plan to protect the health of customers when the doors finally open again.
The state intends to comply with the federal government’s guidelines on reopening the economy from shelter-in-place orders. Sisolak said that the state is currently in “phase zero” and he did not provide a date on when he expects stores to reopen.
Lots of uncertainty is in the air now that millions are out of work. Several states are rolling out gradual re-openings, but politicians across the spectrum are still hesitant to take re-opening measures.
“I want everything back. We never closed down the United States. We’ve never closed down Nevada. We’ve never closed down Las Vegas because that’s our job. Entertainment capital of the world where everything is clean,” Goodman stated.
Goodman has been one of the few independent voices calling for common sense re-opening measures.
Hopefully, her dissenting opinion will make policymakers in Nevada reconsider their misguided shutdown policies.
Portland Experiences Over a 100% Increase in Shootings After Anti-Gun Violence Police Force is Disbanded
In July of 2020, the city of Portland experienced 15 homicides.
According to Portland police, this is the most killings the city has experienced in one month in over three decades.
So far in 2020, 24 people have died due to homicides in Portland.
Oregon Live reported that the most recent killing took place on July 28, 2020 when a 34-year-old woman was stabbed at a Northeast Portland home after coming back from a vigil mourning the death of 27-year-old Tyrell Penney, who was murdered in a shooting on July 29.
In July 2020, there have been 63 shootings, while there was 28 in July 2019 per a Police Bureau report.
Although homicides, assaults, burglaries and vandalism have increased this year compared to 2019, total person-to-person and property crimes have plummeted compared to previous years, according to the bureau’s report.
Police Chief Chuck Lovell said on July 30 that he’s very worried about the uptick in violence and is shifting officers from patrol units to the detective division in order to shore up follow-up investigations.
He also explained that the bureau had to cut its Gun Violence Reduction Team in accordance to new policy changes the City Council ushered in. The team, which counted on 34 members, was disbanded on July 1 in response to budget cuts to police units that have allegedly targeted a disproportionate number of blacks during routine traffic stops.
Like many cities in the country, Portland is starting to embrace leftist radicalism on matters of law enforcement by considering moves to defund the police.
Oregon is already one of the more anti-gun states in the country, so lawful individuals in Portland don’t have many options at their disposal for self-defense. With police being gutted, regular citizens have even fewer options at their disposal for security.
This has obviously not registered with political elites and represents why many Americans will likely leave cities in masse in search of jurisdictions that actually bother to provide basic law enforcement infrastructure.
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