On Wednesday, March 19, 2020, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo declared all gun stores in the city to be “non-essential businesses” as a response to the growing panic caused by the Wuhan virus outbreak.
As a result, all of these stores have been forced to close as a result of the city’s shelter order.
“We are having panic buying right now for food,” Liccardo declared on Wednesday. “The one thing we cannot have is panic buying of guns.”
On Wednesday, law enforcement officials confirmed that they closed Bullseye Bishop in one of the first enforcement actions taken in San Jose on the first day of the shelter order.
“We went out there and closed it,” San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia stated, also mentioning that the store owner was supportive and offered no resistance.
According to a reporter, store employees said the store is “closed to the public for the next three weeks” and declined to answer questions.
On the other hand, many prospective customers are disappointed by the shutdown.
Joshua Wolfe, a San Jose painting contractor, who was buying ammo, believes that the gun store has every right to stay open.
“Essential? It’s our right to arm ourselves,” Wolfe declared. “Toilet paper is essential, right? People are going nuts for that, right?”
Everyone is “on edge,” he asserted, “because people don’t know the truth of this whole situation. If they’re short on supplies, they’ll come after people who are prepared.”
J.V. Sumabat, another resident of San Jose, said he had the same concerns.
“I’ve seen people fighting over toilet paper. I’m worried what they will do out of desperation,” he stated. “When people start looting stores and they don’t have access to food, they could come into the homes of those they feel are vulnerable. I’d rather be prepared.”
Some government entities are completely exploiting this crisis to infringe on gun rights.
Americans must stand strong and declare that gun stores are essential businesses that cannot be shut down because of a crisis.
If anything, these scenarios of social chaos necessitate the ability for law-abiding individuals to arm themselves.
Rival Candidate Spreads Fake News Attacks Against Anti-Lockdown Hero Shelley Luther
Shelley Luther, the candidate for Texas’ Senate District 30, is beginning to face heat from her rivals in the Senate seat’s special election.
One of her opponents, Drew Springer, the State Representative for Texas’s 68th District, called her out for supposed hypocrisy on the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
On Facebook he commented, “Shelley Luther sang a different tune about forced COVID-19 shutdowns before she realized she could use it for her political benefit.
While she thought her record could be deleted from Facebook, there was only so long she could hide. #ShutdownShelley”
Springer referred to a comment Luther made on March 16 where she said “Just my opinion. If some major cities are closing down building where large gatherings occur, then EVERY city should. The problem will not fix if some people are out and about.”
However, several users commenting on Springer’s Facebook post were quick to point out some nuances in Luther’s comments.
The main gist of their comments was that Luther said that it didn’t make any sense for a few venues to remain open and others not be closed. In essence, she was calling for policy consistency, not for selective enforcement of lockdowns.
Luther made a name for herself earlier this year when she resisted the city of Dallas’ shutdown order and continued operating her business in defiance of this ordinance.
She would later face jail time for her refusal to comply but would later be pardoned by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Luther has received endorsements from organizations such as Texas Gun Rights PAC for her staunch liberty activism and commitment to American principles such as the Second Amendment.
The Dallas salon owner is one of the more high-profile state level candidates running for office and has become a national figure of resistance against the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
A Luther victory would represent a major win for Texas conservatives who have been disappointed with the legislative body’s performance over the years.
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