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Coronavirus has taken a toll on many small business owners as it has forced them to close for the pandemic. Only businesses that have been deemed “essential” by the State Public Health Officer, are allowed to remain open. These include healthcare providers, pharmacies, and grocery stores, etc.
These businesses are considered essential in my opinion, so this decision made sense. However, on March 26th, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tweeted that all gun and ammunition stores will be closed in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The closure of gun and ammunition stores, being deemed “non-essential” gave everyone a genuine reaction: dumbfounded with disbelief. The sheriff opted to violate the Constitution, therefore throwing out the 2nd Amendment. For those of you unaware, the Second Amendment states that “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Closure of gun and ammunition stores clearly violates this amendment, which quickly gained copious amounts of backlash and controversy that was deserved. Outraged by this order, protester tweets turned into lawful complaints, changing into lawsuits.
Critical comments ranged from Defense Attorney Daniel
In my opinion, this was a definite infringement of rights. No one is above the law or should be able to take away Constitutional rights. In a time like this, it is absolutely crucial to have these stores open to the general public.
Citizens need to be able to arm themselves to defend their families against looters and burglary. A crisis like Coronavirus opens up the possibility of looting and pillaging. People get desperate and will resort to any means necessary to get what they want.
Our Second Amendment allows us to protect against that possibility, by allowing us to utilize guns as a resource for protection. .