Democrats have used the COVID-19 pandemic to infringe on the 2nd Amendment right to have and bear arms.
Multiple cities across the nation have closed gun stores and manufacturing plants, citing the novel coronavirus crisis.
"Essential businesses" have been allowed to stay open. But many liberal mayors have gone out of their way to claim that any business related to guns is "not" an essential business.
But the Trump administration is fighting for the people's constitutional rights.
Today, Trumps' Department of Homeland Security released new guidelines that protect gun stores and manufacturers.
More details on this below:
Many liberal cities have begun letting criminals out of jails and prisons.
They cite the advise that there should be no gatherings of 10 or more people.
They claim that prisons will create a breeding ground for the novel coronavirus.
Criminals are allowed to roam the streets... but if these liberal mayors had their way, law abiding citizens would be unable to purchase guns.
Fortunately, the Trump administration is taking action, according to Breitbart:
President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security released updated guidelines naming gun manufacturers and retailers as essential on Saturday, which means they are to stay open and operational nationwide during a Chinese coronavirus shutdown.
The DHS guidelines list as essential:
Workers supporting the manufacturing of safety equipment and uniforms for law enforcement, public safety personnel, and first responders.
Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.
The Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb commented on the DHS declaration, saying, “Every freedom loving American owes President Trump and his administration a very big thank you for protecting our Second Amendment Rights. This is another Trump promise made and promise kept.”
The DHS declaration comes just days after Governor Phil Murphy (D) laughed in the face of a man who expressed concern that the statewide shutdown in New Jersey had put an end to gun sales, thereby eliminating the ability to get a firearm for self-defense.
There have been fears of civil unrest if social distancing continues for weeks or months longer.
While this is unlikely, people have a right to protect themselves from looters or those who would take advantage of crisis to prey on innocent Americans.
This action by the administration also showcases Trump's commitment to protect the constitution and the rights it guarantees.
Up until now, individual states and cities have declared what they continue to be an essential business.
This typically includes hospitals and first responders.
Grocery stores and restaurants (as long as it's take out only) are also included on most lists of essential businesses.
However, until the DHS's recommendation, CBS reported that gun stores were only "essential businesses" in states like Texas:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton declared Friday that gun stores can stay open amid the coronavirus pandemic even as many jurisdictions within the state have issued stay-at-home orders. Paxton's nonbinding opinion says "municipal and county authorities may not use emergency powers to regulate or restrict the sale of firearms."
Texas, the second-largest state by population, has not declared a statewide stay-at-home order. But some of the state's largest jurisdictions, including Harris County (Houston), Dallas County, Tarrant County (Fort Worth), Bexar County (San Antonio), Travis county (Austin) and El Paso County have imposed stay-at-home orders.
On Wednesday, Texas State Representative Dustin Burrows,asked Paxton's office to weigh in on whether gun stores could be considered essential by local officials, CBS Austin affiliate KEYE reported. "Having access to tools of self-protection, hunting and for keeping your property safe and secure is always essential. It's even more essential for access during times of uncertainty and emergency," said Burrows, a Republican from Lubbock, in a statement.
Now that Trump's DHS has made the recommendation, will other states join Texas in protecting American rights?
It is unclear if this recommendation from the DHS will eventually be enforced or if these are simply guidelines for the states.
It is clear that the right to safety is considered critical during the crisis.
Since when did small town mayors and state governors have the right to potentially impede on Constitutional rights?