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Trump Defends 2nd Amendment During COVID, Declares Gun Sellers ‘Critical Infrastructure’

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In order to try to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus, many states and localities have imposed strict measures that include the mandatory closure of businesses that aren’t deemed “essential” to the continuation of a functioning society.

In some Democrat-run jurisdictions around the country, the “nonessential” label was applied to retail stores that sold firearms and ammunition, as well as manufacturing facilities that produce guns and ammo.

The effort to force the closure of gun stores in certain locations was widely viewed as a sort of gun-control end-run around the Second Amendment and a partisan attempt to restrict the citizenry’s access to firearms and ammunition.

In response to those subversive efforts to undermine the Constitution and deny Americans access to a fundamental right, President Donald Trump’s administration stepped in and updated federal guidelines that are heavily relied upon by state and local governments in a time of crisis to protect gun stores and manufacturers.

On Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency published a memorandum with an updated list of businesses and workers who should be deemed “essential” to maintaining “critical infrastructure” across the nation.

“This list is intended to help State, local, tribal and territorial officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security,” CISA Director Christopher Krebs wrote in the memo.

A section of the memo labeled “Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Other First Responders” includes “workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.”

In other words, at least in the view of DHS and the Trump administration, gun and ammunition producers and retailers are considered essential to maintaining a functioning society and should therefore be allowed to remain open during a national emergency like the current public health crisis.

This is great news and simply underscores the fact that Trump and his administration have taken seriously the need to protect the Second Amendment from those who would seek to sidestep or deliberately undermine it.

It isn’t difficult to imagine that, had this same coronavirus crisis occurred under the administrations of former President Barack Obama, a hypothetical “President” Hillary Clinton, or even potential future President Joe Biden, gun manufacturers and retailers would almost certainly have not been deemed essential and those administrations would not have addressed state and local efforts to shut down gun stores and the firearms industry more broadly.

Of course, as great as this news may be, it isn’t a panacea to protect against the incessant anti-gun efforts of the left, and some states and localities may indeed press forward with attempts to shut down the firearms industry.

The memo noted in boldface that “This list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard.”

“Individual jurisdictions should add or subtract essential workforce categories based on their own requirements and discretion.”

While some jurisdictions may choose to ignore the inclusion of gun stores and producers in the “essential” category, the vast majority will likely do as is typically done and follow along with federal guidelines in a time of crisis.

Furthermore, the inevitable lawsuits that will arise against jurisdictions that close down gun shops will have a strong case to make by citing this federal memo in addition to making constitutional arguments.

Hopefully, those lawsuits will prove unnecessary and Democrat-run jurisdictions will back away from their intended infringements of the Second Amendment.

America currently has a president who respects that right to keep and bear arms – which includes the right of access to arms and ammunition – and, ideally, the nation will vote in November to keep the Second Amendment protected for another four years.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

 

via thefederalistpapers

8 COMMENTS

  1. Fukk the democommie’s they have gotten away with breaking the laws in the Constitution for a long time now it is time for them to be drug out of their offices and tar and feather them let us We The People show these democrats we will not stand for their evil’s anymore. This is our country from GOD. They own nothing but the taxpayers money that they steal on a daily basis. And enough of that as well. Time for all Americans to take a stand together and stop paying taxes on the money we earned with our hard labor. They just give themselves nice vacations and buy nice mansions. Time for the corrupt politicians to finally pay the price for their high crimes of treason against America and its people. Punish all traitors in America they must pay the price they are not above the laws of the Constitution. I say hang them all! This country belongs to us these politicians were just to help us Americans run the country for the greater good but they have failed us all. Look at everything and see for yourselves. This is not how our forefathers want America to end up this way that is why they wrote the Constitution Of The United States Of America for We The People to defend our country against evil foreign and domestic it is are right as the people to protect the Constitution and our country against the evil democommie party they are evil and very UN-American. So I say we take our stand against these traitors once and for all before it is too late.and any demonrat I suggest you change your evil ways or pay the price we will take all of you to the highest court to have each and everyone of you tried for your high crimes of treason against our country. We will not take your unconstitutional power grabs anymore you are all a bunch of communists who are not welcome in America. We The People will stand against you all in that party of traitors. And for the rest of the Patriots out their GOD will be with us all. He is the only one We The People can trust anymore. GOD BLESS AMERICA

  2. Mahatma Gandhi,Terrorism and deception are weapons not of the strong, but of the weak.—. “The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself. Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable. – H. L. Mencken

  3. “Democracy is two wolves (democrats) and a lamb (republicans) voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb(“Democracy is two wolves (democrats) and a lamb (republican) voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.”

  4. When our nation’s founders wrote the Second Amendment it wasn’t actually all that hard for an armed populace to defeat the government. Most fighting was done with swords, muskets and cannon, and an organized citizens’ militia could bring a lot more of those to the battlefield than the government could.
    Now government has an array of incredibly powerful weapons at its disposal that an armed citizenry can’t hope to match.
    For most preppers, one of the scenarios we plan for is life under a tyrannical government. American has a strong tradition of resisting tyranny.
    When a government imposes ‘what is good for us’ it’s tyranny.
    If a tyrant takes power in this country, it’s going to be a tyrant we elected.
    Of course, we’re not going to deliberately elect one, and the chances are we will not elect one who’s pretending to be a ‘normal politician’ either. What’s most likely is that we elect a president who genuinely means well, then drifts into tyranny when their ideas don’t work out. Most politicians really believe what they’re doing is in their country’s best interests. Even socialists think they’re helping the people (or would be if the stupid people would sit still and let themselves be helped).
    The way to fight tyranny is to look for the sort of political ideas that can lead to it, and then use our votes and our powers as citizens to keep them out of power.
    The political ideas do you need to look out is collectivism (Socialists). The US political tradition is Individualist and Capitalist. The founders’ vision was of a federal government that could protect the people from threats they couldn’t counter themselves, like foreign invasion.
    Welfare and most other government functions were to be left to states or lower levels.
    The USA was never meant to be an anarchistic (every man for himself) nation. But, it wasn’t supposed to be collectivist either. Welfare should be a safety net for people who need some temporary help. Instead we now have politicians whose main goal is to take money from the people who earn it and give it to people who don’t – the same people also keep trying to restrict our freedoms, “for our own good.” Once in office they’ll get frustrated we don’t seem to want to be helped, and they’ll try to force us to go along with them.
    The more radical ideas the more vulnerable they are to becoming a tyrant. One of the very first things a tyrant does is to take away guns from the citizenry, the other lesser ‘disagreeable’ things like religion and freedom of movement.
    Vote for the candidate who values freedom over the one who wants more bans, laws and restrictions – even if they’re from the party you don’t usually vote for. Watch out for politicians with big plans (The “Green New Deal”?). There’s a surprising amount of overlap between our two main political parties. In recent years things have become more partisan, and that overlap is smaller than it used to be.
    The average American is a live-and-let-live citizen.
    Make libertarianism your political baseline. What other people do is none of our business, unless it harms us. If we stand by while the government bans things other people like, who’s going to help when they ban things that matter to us? Whenever politicians at any level suggest a new restriction or ban, do the research. Is there a good reason for the ban? If not, oppose it. Write to your town council, state politicians or congressman to oppose it.
    If it gets to the point where the only way to defend your freedom is to pick up a rifle, your freedom has already gone – and the government has the firepower to stop you getting it back.

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