Marco Rubio Says U.S. Is Not Under ‘Marshall Law’ as Businesses are Shut Down, State of Emergency Declared
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) defended emergency measures that are being taken to shut down businesses and stop freedom of association amidst the coronavirus pandemic in a tweet on Monday morning.
Rubio said that the measures did not constitute “marshall law,” misspelling martial law. He accused those stating otherwise as being guilty of “spreading stupid rumors.”
Rubio’s tweet can be seen here:
Please stop spreading stupid rumors about marshall law.
We will continue to see closings & restrictions on hours of non-essential businesses in certain cities & states. But that is NOT marshall law.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 16, 2020
However, despite Rubio’s denialism, some liberal bureaucrats are using the coronavirus pandemic as the means to gain illicit power under the cover of emergency measures.
Big League Politics has reported on an Illinois Mayor who has used the coronavirus panic as an excuse to give herself the power to seize firearms:
An Illinois mayor has signed an executive order taking up wide-ranging emergency powers that she claims gives her the authority to halt the sale of all firearms and ammunition. The declaration is being framed as a response to the Chinese coronavirus.
Champaign, Illinois Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen signed the declaration Friday morning. The executive order declares a state of emergency in the city, and gives the mayor a wide set of powers to use during the period. The declaration touches upon a wide range of commercial and civic activity as liable to the mayor’s shutdown.
The document uses the phrasing of giving the mayor power to “Order the discontinuance of selling, distributing, dispensing or giving away of explosives or explosive agents, firearms or ammunition of any character whatsoever.”
Mayor Feinen now claims the power to ban gun and ammo sales, the sale of alcohol, the opening of bars and taverns, and the sale of gasoline. The executive order also gives her the power to shut down electrical services and to take possession of private property within the city.
There aren’t any confirmed cases of coronavirus in the city, or in Central Illinois altogether. It’s extremely doubtful that the city of Champaign needs restrictions on gun and ammo purchases.
The city manager claims the city needs to wide-ranging powers “to properly respond to the emergency needs of our community. None of the options will necessarily will be implemented but are available in order to protect the welfare and safety of our community if needed.”
Such policies are reminiscent of disastrous gun confiscation attempts enacted in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when local law enforcement wasted time rounding up legally owned firearms from private citizens while distressed citizens were ignored.
In addition, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a far-left demagogue who came into office in 2018, has failed to rule out the possibility of martial law in the upcoming weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Could we get to a position where it’s sort of like martial law, where everything is closed and everybody stays home, like it is in Italy, for instance ,where you only have the hospitals and the drug stores open?” radio host Michael Patrick Shiels asked Whitmer when she appeared on his show last week.
“I think we have to make decisions based on where the facts and science dictate,” Whitmer said. “At this juncture it is too early to make any statements — it wouldn’t be responsible to make any statements on that front.”
“I will tell you that every decision we make, we will be transparent about it, what’s driving the decision,” she added. “We will share it as quickly as we can with the public once the decision has been made and we will always put the health and safety of the people of the state first and foremost and that will drive all decisions.”
While Rubio wants people to believe that “marshall law” is not a possibility, the facts show that government overreach is increasing exponentially with coronavirus used as the excuse. The growing tyranny may be a bigger threat to public safety than the coronavirus itself.