Like someone else who ruled with a phone and a pen, Michigan’s Gov. Gretchen “Half” Whitmer has decreed that gun shops have no “essential” purpose during a national emergency. As such, she wants to close the retailers and cease firearm sales across Michigan in the face of the Chinese coronavirus crisis.
Whitmer, the woman who may be best-known for delivering a tone-deaf State of the Union response earlier this year, has aspirations for running as Joe Biden’s Vice-Presidential candidate. And given this crisis, she seems very comfortable ruling as a heavy-handed autocrat.
The NRA-ILA put out an alert/press release on “Half” Whitmer’s power play.
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-42 to order all nonessential businesses and activities to cease. Though her order exempts “critical infrastructure,” she purposefully references an outdated list of such industries rather than the most current federal guidelines that designate firearm and ammunition retailers as critical. This deliberate action is an attempt to shut down gun stores in order to deny citizens access to their Second Amendment rights. Executive Order 2020-42 still includes a requirement to suspend activities that are not “necessary to sustain or protect life.” It is clear that your Second Amendment rights are necessary to sustain or protect the life of you and your family. During this time of uncertainty, it is critical that law-abiding citizens remain able to access their Second Amendment right to self-defense.
The Wolverine State’s ambitious governor had earlier gone full-on tyrant against doctors who might prescribe an anti-malarial drug in order to treat virus patients. President Trump had touted the successes of using the drug hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients, therefore Michiganders would have to do without, whatever its efficacy.
While Governor Whitmer has no medical degree, she does suffer from chronic Trump Derangement Syndrome. Accordingly, she hobbled Michigan docs by siccing her Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) on physicians who might use a treatment touted by the President to save lives.
Days later, she reversed course and begged the feds to send her hydroxychloroquine.
More recently, just in time for Easter, she banned travel between residences absent exceptional circumstances. She doesn’t want families spending one of the most sacred Christian holidays together. Or even dropping off food for one another.
And now, the budding authoritarian has ruled by decree that big box stores should seal off “non-essential” sections of their retail outlets to customers.
In an announcement that many expected, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a new executive order that extends her “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order through the end of the month.
The new order now expires May 1…
There are new rules for companies to limit exposure to others. The governor also wants big box stores to close certain sections like flooring, garden centers and plant nurseries.
That news caused a last-minute surge to stores like Lowe’s, where people waited in line for nearly an hour to get things like paint.
“If you’re not buying food or medicine or other essential items, you should not be going to the store,” said Whitmer.
Wretched Gretchen seems to think she’s queen, rather than governor, and can micromanage Michiganders’ lives. As for the Constitution? Who needs that antiquated old document created by a bunch of old white men.
How long will Whitmer’s attempt to rule by fiat continue?