The Washington Examiner reported that it could take more than a year before churches are allowed to fully re-open according to Democratic Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.
Pritzker rolled out a five-phase plan to reopen Illinois that provides guidelines to schools, businesses, churches, and other places of worship about when they can re-open their doors. In phase three of this plan, the Illinois state government will allow gatherings of up to 10 people. In phase four, the government will allow gatherings of up to 50 people to takes place. Phase five of this plan will allow gatherings of more than five people.
During a press conference on May 6, 2020, Prtizker noted that churches will be subject to the same standards and will not be allowed to hold in-person services of more than 50 people until the government reaches phase five of this plan. Pritzker said this plan will have to go through even if it takes more than a year to get there.
“You know that in phase three, there can be gatherings, church gatherings, of 10 or fewer. In phase four, 50 or fewer. So that’s the guidance that’s been given to me,” Pritzker stated. “I’m not the one providing that guidance. It really is what the scientists and epidemiologists are recommending.”
Pritzker declared that the state entered phase two on May 1 and will reach phase three on May 29 at the earliest. The usage of face masks in public will be recommended until phase five is reached. Schools, restaurants, and bars will not open up again until phase four.
Phase five will not begin until a vaccine is readily available or a therapeutic drug that can effectively counter the virus hits the market. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed that a vaccine is 12 to 18 months away from being available to the public.
Hopefully, Americans wake up to this petty demagoguery and start reasserting their civil liberties.
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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