If you thought America would never have a better gun salesman than Barack Obama, boy, were you wrong!
The current shutdown chaos has Americans panic buying guns and ammo at a rate that’s more than 200% higher than when Obama “won” the 2008 election. But this current gun-buying craziness is a good thing, because we have a lot of bad guys and bad government acting up right now. Here’s some of the latest info.
First, cops have been doing a great job by staying out during this virus to keep people safe. A lot of them are doing a fantastic job and a lot of them are getting sick too.
Unfortunately, some cops are getting overzealous with the whole “enforcing the law” thing, especially when we’re dealing with restrictive temporary measures that are not laws.
The optics of some of these things are terrible. Cops in Los Angeles turned out in force to break up a small child’s birthday party.
New York City is fining people a thousand bucks if they stand too close to other people (while jamming “essential” workers into subway cars where the virus is spreading like wildfire). And of course, we all saw that surfer guy get arrested.
He was out in the middle of the freaking ocean all by himself paddle-boarding, when the cops rolled out in a boat to arrest him for “not social distancing.” Again: All by himself out on the ocean. So, they stuck him in a cell with 20 other people at the county jail. That’ll teach him.
There was also a viral video of police in South Africa arresting a couple at their wedding, for not obeying the government’s shutdown orders.
That happened to about 50 couples last weekend, and other countries are taking similar draconian measures. Except for China, of course, which now has zero cases! (Yeah, right.)
And try this one on for size. In order to keep parishioners safe, the Temple Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi decided to hold drive-in services. They set up the service in a parking lot, so people could park in their cars and listen to the sermon on the radio, just like a drive-in movie. It looked like a creative, win-win for Christians in the midst of social-distancing orders.
But… then the cops showed up and slapped a $500 fine on every Christian in attendance.
No, really. That just happened. To Christians. In red-state Mississippi. Every person inside every car, with the windows rolled up, was given a $500 ticket.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has declared churches essential during the shutdown. But Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons, a Democrat who has endorsed Joe Biden for president, has banned all constitutionally protected church services in his town. (The city council helped, with a unanimous vote.)
This is the sort of stuff that results in a revolutionary war. The First Amendment is clear that Congress can make no law restricting the free exercise of religion. Whether city mayors are allowed to ban the exercise of religion is a bit murkier.
But the Temple Baptist Church was doing its best to comply with the social distancing restrictions to protect the public health, while still attending to the spiritual needs of the community which are more important.
The elderly pastor at the church wasn’t having any of the cops’ bad judgment.
“One of the police officers said the mayor wanted to make an example of our church,” said Pastor Arthur Scott. “I told them to get some more tickets ready because we will be preaching Sunday morning and Sunday night.”
Good for him! And good for his congregants. I pray that when this virus is over, they find the most bloodthirsty, ambulance-chasing lawyer in Mississippi to crush Mayor Errick Simmons with an epic Civil Rights lawsuit.
And aside from bad government, we still have a lot of bad guys out there. The video below is a doorbell cam from Chicago. The homeowner thought that his landscapers had arrived when the two men – wearing masks and gloves – showed up.
But they weren’t. They had a zip ties and a blow torch in the bag they were carrying and forced their way inside. One attacked the homeowner while the other cornered the wife and children with a gun in a bedroom.
Things went haywire for the home invaders when the homeowner unexpectedly whooped the first guy’s butt, which you see in the video below. What you don’t see in the video is what happens to the second bad guy when the homeowner gets his gun.
Spoiler alert: Bad guy lost. Stay safe out there, everyone.