The Chinese coronavirus outbreak and shutdown have revealed a lot of anti-gun autocrats for exactly who they are. New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy practically jumped out of his shoes at the chance to stop his state’s citizens from buying firearms. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva wasted no time in sending deputies around from store to store telling them to lock up and go home.
And then there was San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. Looking around the nation and seeing hundreds of thousands of Americans lining up at their local gun stores, the idea of more citizens being able to defend themselves send a chill down his spine.
“We are having panic buying right now for food,” Liccardo said Wednesday. “The one thing we cannot have is panic buying of guns.”
So on the first day of his shelter-in-place order, he closed down the city’s lone gun store.
Now, in a turn of events no one could have possibly foreseen, San Jose businesses are experiencing a spate of break-ins and robberies.
From CBS SF BayArea:
Already Struggling Small Businesses In South Bay Being Targeted By Robbers
Several restaurants and small businesses in the South Bay say they have recently been targeted by thieves trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order.
“They walked out with kind of the heart of the restaurant as far as the financial aspect of it. It’s your monetary income,” said Dan Holder, owner of Jack Holder’s Restaurant and Bar in San Jose’s Cambrian neighborhood.
Holder said his employees arrived Sunday morning and discovered that someone had smashed out a window on the side of the business and stolen several tablets and other items.
The mayor’s move to prevent San Jose residents from buying firearms to protect themselves and their families during a national emergency were apparently heard loud and clear by the city’s criminal community.
All around the country, hundreds of thousands of new, first-time gun owners bought firearms in the last few weeks out of concern for crime and social unrest under a national emergency. Mayor Liccardo has done his level best to ensure that as many targets of his city’s criminals as possible will be unable to effectively defend themselves.
And he did this as Bay Area jails have been releasing hundreds of convicted criminals.
We’re sure that the San Jose criminal community would like to extend their sincere thanks to Mayor Liccardo for his assistance during this difficult time.