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By Mark Oliva

Gun control shill Ryan Busse is at it again. Rules for thee, but none for me.

Busse’s latest lamentation is that America has too many guns and they should be regulated like cars. He made the comparison while a guest on the rarely-watched Ali Velshi’s MSNBC show. That’s the same Velshi who insanely tried to convince the American public that their eyes were lying to them in live footage of cities being burned and looted weren’t that at all.

“This, is uh, mostly a protest,” Velshi said as cities burned across the country in 2020. “It is not, generally speaking, unruly. But fires have been started.”

That same news host who told America not to believe what they witnessed with their own eyes live on television called on Busse, a Senior Advisor to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, to pontificate over a Georgia provocateur who carried several firearms – legally – on his person while grocery shopping.

This is where Busse exposed his jaw-dropping hypocrisy – several times over.

Too Much Freedom

“The tragedy isn’t what’s illegal, the tragedy here is what is legal. And as you note, this guy didn’t need six loaded guns, including an AR and a tactical shotgun to go grocery shopping, right,” Busse said.

Let’s start there. There’s room for debate of whether it’s a good idea to be blatantly provocative by carrying several firearms to shop for groceries. Most gun owners prefer that others never know about the guns they carry. That’s why there are at least 22 million concealed carry permit holders carrying firearms legally every day. That doesn’t include those who exercise their right to carry concealed in states that don’t require permits.

But Busse surrenders his arguments immediately by positing the debate as one of a matter of needs. The Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms. That’s the end of the argument. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed as much not only in the Heller and McDonald decisions, but again in the Bruen decision.

“The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not ‘a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees,’” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the majority Bruen decision.

We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need. That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant’s right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense.

No one needs to hear Busse bloviate about gun control in the liberal MSNBC echo chamber, but he has a right to do so. In fact, it’s encouraged so everyone can know of his hypocrisy.

The Car Comparison

Busse doesn’t stop there, though. He goes on to compare an enumerated right to the government-licensed privilege of operating a motor vehicle on public roads.

“I mean, I think Americans really need to think about it this way,” Busse attemped to explain. “We have about 270 million registered vehicles in the United States, and you don’t have to travel on many of our roads to know it seems pretty crowded. We have a lot of traffic laws, right? We’ve got lines on the road, we’ve got bumpers, we’ve got speed limits, we’ve got police that are patrolling everything.”

Sure, there are thousands upon thousands of traffic laws. There are also thousands upon thousands of gun control laws on the books, including federal, state and local laws. That doesn’t account for the hundreds of rules promulgated by both federal and state governments to produce, sell and own a firearm.

The firearm industry is among the most heavily regulated industries in America. Busse casually ignores the fact that no one buying a car has to pass an FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) check, as they do if they’re buying a firearm.

‘I’m Fine…Others – Not So Much’

“We’ve got 415 million guns in the United States and we have the NRA and the NSSF and an irresponsible slice of the American gun consumers, of which I’m not one of those, I’m a proud gun owner, I hunted yesterday with my boys,” he added. Busse liked the car comparison so much he threw every responsible gun owner and the industry under the bus.

This is a naked attempt to smear NSSF. That’s not new for Busse. Since he joined forces with the Giffords gun control group, he’s targeted the firearm industry trade association.

Ryan Busse

He says he’s not among the “slice” of irresponsible gun owners. He’s also not part of any solutions. NSSF campaigns on several firearm safety programs through Real Solutions. Safer Communities, which includes initiatives that have been recognized by the National Safety Council’s Green Cross Awards and the Government Accountability Office for their efficacy.

NSSF led the way improving background checks for gun purchases. Bipartisan legislation led by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the FIX NICS Act, was named for NSSF’s Fix NICS program that improves the FBI’s background check system. That bill had 78 Senate co-sponsors, including some of the most ardent gun control Democrats.

“But I’m not okay living in a country with 415 million guns where we’re reducing the amount of controls on ourself,” Busse continued. “That’s just insane. We wouldn’t roll back the laws on 270 million cars, right? You have more cars, you need more to control them so the people can stay safe. This is what we’re facing right now.”

If Busse sees gun ownership as a scourge on America, he should look no further than himself to blame. After all, the self-aggrandizing gun control mouthpiece, claimed in his book that he sold more .45-caliber 1911 handguns than John Browning – the gun’s inventor. That would have to be in the millions, especially considering the M1911 was the standard military-issue sidearm from 1911-1985. American troops carried this actual “weapon of war” in WWI, WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Despite Busse’s boastful claims of being an “industry insider,” he’s been disavowed by his former employer Leslie Edleman, the CEO and Owner of Kimber USA.

It’s time for all gun owners to repudiate this narcissistic hypocrite. He claims to speak for responsible gun owners. Except his version of responsible gun ownership is to deny the ability of everyone else to own the firearms of their choice. As for his guns – he’s perfectly fine with them.


Mark Oliva is Director of Public Affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industries. He is a retired Marine Master Gunnery Sergeant with 25 years of service, including tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Albania, and Zaire.

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  1. “But I’m not okay living in a country with 415 million guns where we’re reducing the amount of controls on ourself [sic]…” Ryan Busse.

    Mr. Busse – our country has many, many ports of embarkation, please feel free to avail yourself of the one of your choice. And take any of your current progeny along with you. Other than your parents I very much doubt anyone will miss you.

  2. Methinks he should visit Australia , sans Firearms of course, that way he’ll have a reference point! No need to make personal decisions, that’ll all be done for you.

  3. Those fancy laws only serve to punish after the fact. There is no obstacle whatsoever to driving licensed or not, registered or not, drunk or high, recklessly ambivalent or with malicious intent.

    Once the deed is done you can levy punishment. Assuming the perp is still alive. But that’s it. Useless to prevent. Arguably just as useless to punish. People either want to be a functioning part of society, left alone by society or actively hostile toward society. That latter party is the problem and realistically, practically nothing can be done about them beyond managing their damage. Certainly attacking and punishing the former two parties deters not the actions of the third.

  4. Ok, let’s do with firearms licensing as we do with a driver’s license. A license from any state is good nation wide. The license requirements are pretty standardized and the test is written so the average 16 year old dumbass can pass it.
    Don’t forget the DL is also considered basic ID for nearly everything else. So, sure, let’s do this.
    Next thing, in many parts of the country, basic drivers training is taught in the local high school. So, why not basic firearms training in middle and high school? We used to have such classes and actual shooting sports teams in school. I personally would love to see these things brought back.

    • “A license from any state is good nation wide.”

      You forget one of the more salient points: ANYONE can buy a car, no license required. There are exactly ZERO restrictions. Barred from getting a license in all 50 states? You can still buy a car, have it shipped to your own private property, and drive it around there, *completely* legally.

      Licensing and other restrictions are **PURELY** about operating the vehicle in public, and even then, there are exceptions for emergencies.

      Regulating guns like cars would involve repealing a very large majority of all gun laws in this country.

  5. Golly TTAG “features” 2 ANTI-2A pricks in consecutive articles. Pincus is at least as bad as Buses. Neither one is worth a look!

    • I mean, the freedom loving NSSF. Bragging about FixNICS as though it’s some sort of trophy to further cause you inconvenience.

      Not the friends they purport themselves to be.

  6. The car comparison is insane. The idiot doesn’t know the difference between a constitutional right and a drivers license privilege, plus he ignores that (combined) car accident deaths AND injuries are over 2,000,000 annually (per CDC).

    * Handguns: Less than a 0.0004% probability a person will be shot accidentally by an ordinary law abiding armed citizen. A little more than a 6% probability a person will be shot accidentally by law enforcement.​

    * Rifles: A 0.0005% probability a person will be shot accidentally by an ordinary law abiding armed citizen. A 4.7% probability a person will be shot accidentally by law enforcement.​

    * Car accident (compared to gun accident with rifle or handgun for ordinary law abiding armed citizen): More than a 90% probability a person will be run over or hit by a car.

    “We’ve got 415 million guns in the United States”

    That’s a misleading statement. Its – 415 million guns in the United States between police, military, and citizens. 393 Million are in ordinary law abiding citizen hands.

    We have about 270 million registered vehicles in the United States (that’s the number given by Busse) …. some math: 0.7% of that 270 million registered vehicles are responsible for over 2,000,000 (combined) deaths and injuries annually due to vehicle accident. The (collective) annual firearm accident rate from 393 Million firearms held by ordinary law abiding citizens, but to make it equal in numbers because Busse sees some sort of ‘equality’ here in his delusion lets say its also 270 million firearms and adjust the math some for that lower number: 0.00031% – or 255 times less firearms accidents annually than vehicle accidents annually.

    I don’t know about you Busse but it sounds to me like we don’t need to be regulating guns like vehicles. Its an insane comparison Busse.

    Of literally thousands of ordinary every day non-firearm consumer products, and excluding registered vehicles, there is an over 1,800 times greater chance of injury or death as a result of using or being near one of those products than there is of injury or death as a result of 393 million firearms in the ownership/possession of the ordinary law abiding armed citizen.

    • correction: “or 255 times less firearms accidents annually than vehicle accidents annually.”

      for some reason the edit didn’t take

      corrected to clarify its….vehicle accidents are 2,258 times more likely annually than firearms accidents annually.

      • The statistics above have terms that directly addresses the odds.

        Vanishingly small. Also, statistically insignificant.

    • While I applaud you laying out some numbers, unfortunately, in my experience, the anti types cannot add, much less comprehend a probability. I have tried to explain to some, until I am blue in the face that, if the *quantity* of guns in the U.S. is responsible for the crimes then we have about two orders of magnitude *less* crime than we would expect but, alas, it tends to fall on deaf ears. (or, mathematically incompetent minds, or both.)

      • I’ve had lots of experience with anti-gun types. We had, around here, for a long time, and it still persist, what is basically an extension of Shannon Watts incarnate. In fact, many of the anti-gun around here worked with EveryTown and Shannon Watts in supporting their efforts. For a long time around here we had smaller anti-gun protests, anti-gun ‘patrolling’ public places to shame gun owners, had them try blocking access to LGS’s, all sort of things they did.

        Then something happened. One night one of their most devout and radical members, one that had personally worked with Shannon Watts many times, one of those that gets right up in your face physically, was well known around here among the gun community – one night she was attacked by a group of gang thugs. They had beaten her literally almost to death, no guns, bats and hands and fists and feet being used, they had planned to beat her then rape her – her doc told her one more blow to the head would have likely killed her. It just so happens while the attack was in progress one of our local gun carriers made a wrong turn down the street this was happening on, and came across the attack in progress. He came to her rescue shooting some of them and the rest ran.

        When she finally got out of the hospital, her first stop was a LGS to buy guns. The store owner and employees and customers in the store fell silent when they heard her ask about buying guns, they couldn’t believe it. All of us gun people in the area knew what had happened to her. She looked around and simply said “I get it now.” then went about purchasing rifle, shotgun, pistol, ammo, and accessories, then asked where she could get the training needed to make sure such “sons a bitches” could never do this to her again.

        Today, shes armed where ever she goes. Shes also a great cook and is always bringing some dish to the range on our group get-together days and it is really good.

        Here’s the things about anti-gun types that I have learned and learned from her:

        1. They are basically ignorant about firearms and the gun culture.

        2. They think and act on an emotional basis and use false comparisons and biased false logic because its fits into that ignorance void.

        3. They think others should think like and agree with them and when others don’t they get upset and angry.

        4. They know the math is real, they just don’t want to believe it because it means departing from their secure emotional state and ignorance because it means they have been wrong and it robs them of the power they crave.

        5. They want converts to their way of thinking. Its why they try to ‘indoctrinate’ the public with the false logic ‘correlation = causation’ and false comparison bias because it appeals on a knee-jerk ‘that makes sense’ emotional level that other liberals and ignorant people use and why they always try to argue or present with loaded and misleading terms or accusations.

        6. Their goal is that all guns be eliminated and gun owners be declared criminals and terrorist. That’s what their real goal is when they talk publicly about ‘common sense gun laws’ and ‘safe storage’, its a step towards their eventual goal to establish precedent that can be built on later for a complete confiscation or an elimination of guns and then the eventual demise of the second amendment Our local ex-anti-gun lady I told about, told us of the many times Shannon Watts had in private said this was the eventual goal. Their eventual goal is to help bring about a socialist tyranny.

        • clarification for : “They know the math is real,…”

          meaning the math that shows their anti-gun claims to be false. Its why they try so hard to suppress it, why that try so hard to keep their claims in public view – they have even said it their selves, that they need public support for their views or it doesn’t work.

          They don’t want that pro-gun math and those pro-gun studies in public view, it shows them to be the liars they are. Even now they are attempting to remove from public view on the internet some pro-gun studies that more recently appeared that show their main points to be completely false. Its even appeared in print, for example, Josh Sugarmann invented the term ‘assault rifle’ as applied to the civilian grade AR-15 specifically to deceive the public to gain public support for a ban and he even says it in writing in his book, and knowing full well its not an ‘assault rifle’ which he also indirectly acknowledges in his book.

          But from then on out it became a ‘weapon of war’ ‘assault rifle’ to the anti-gun and they never miss a good chance to make sure the public hears that. Every one of them are lying on that, lying to the public, but they don’t care.

        • .40 cal,

          Anecdotal proof of the old adage that “A new conservative is a liberal that just got mugged”.

          Glad she ‘saw the light’; incredibly sorry it took such a savage event for the light to dawn. Wish her well for me. She’s welcome at my range, any time – I’ll even pay the guest fee (she has to buy the ammo, though).

  7. “……Ryan Busse Should Give Up His Firearms…..”

    How about this 🤡 give up all the $s he made while working at Kimber Arms in NY too?

    Glad I never purchased a Kimber (and NEVER will).

    Oh, off topic. Tax Stamp was approved this AM and Rugged Obsidian suppressor is currently mounted on my bedside HK Mark 23. 😃

    Finally own a suppressor after almost 9 months of waiting.

  8. Hey, Mr. Busse,

    You first, clown. Let’s see you publicly destroy ALL your guns, on video, pledge never to own another one, and MAYBE I’ll consider it . . . nah, no I won’t, because I’m not in intellectually inconsistent, mentally vapid idiot, like you.

    You don’t want guns? Get rid of them, and don’t buy anymore. I’ll make my own choices for myself, like our Founders intended.

  9. Quote————NSSF led the way improving background checks for gun purchases.—————–quote

    Falsehood. They opposed Universal background checks which would have included “all gun sales” not just “new gun sales”. What was passed was all smoke and mirrors and amounted to not much more than a hill of political beans as it accomplished nothing of substance.

    And if the Supreme Court was not already insane enough they ruled in October that crooks and mass murders could legally deface serial numbers on their guns so law enforcement could never catch them. The Court even admitted this would happen but said “who cares” because there were no serial numbering usage when 2A was written. Of course these insane clowns did not admit that weapons of mass destruction like assault rifles and high capacity semi-auto pistols never existed in colonial times. Maybe this was too far over their sick Neanderthal craniums.

    With a bunch of full blown nut cases now on the Supreme Court and all appointed by the biggest criminal President in U.S. History Herr Drumpf (the Donald) should all of this insanity and mayhem and mass murder really surprise anyone?

    Foreign nations now are more worried about some nut case in the U.S. pressing the nuclear button than Putin or any other number of dictators in the world. The U.S. takes a back seat to no nation in the pure insanity of its corrupt courts and corrupt legislature.

    And if you are interested in “The Ryan Busse story in its entirety and why he turned against the very industry he once worked for then read this”

    • Hey f$$kard. Even I know in my part of the world that ALL FFL sales have to go through a NICS check, unless the buyer has passed a similar qualifying check. This is for USED guns as well as new guns.

      You couldn’t even lie straight in bed.

      • would suppose he’s referring to private sales….something that’s not really a problem among the law-abiding…and can never be regulated among the criminal element…

    • @dacian


      “NSSF led the way improving background checks for gun purchases.”

      100% true

      The NSSF had campaigned for, and assisted, and lobbied for, improved background check systems by the ATF for a long time at retail sales and that was the only focus of their effort.

      “Falsehood. They opposed Universal background checks which would have included “all gun sales” not just “new gun sales”. ”

      false and intentionally deceptive dacian.

      They oppose the ‘Universal background checks’ schemes of the anti-gun and democrats. they opposed the required illegal registry and unconstitutional acts and persecution and tyranny and forced confiscation the anti-gun and democrat ‘Universal background check’ scheme would bring.

      So let me get this straight dacian; You are all for the government intentionally violating the law, intentionally violating the constitution for private property ownership, intentionally violating the constitution for firearms ownership, for law abiding Americans – because 0.1% of ALL crimes (including any mass shooting that might happen) known to law enforcement annually involve a criminal committing a criminal act with a firearm. So in other words dacian, you are a tyranny cheerleader and are upset that an organization like the NSSF and millions of Americans stand up and say to government “No, you will not impose this tyranny and unlawful act because the constitution and law and common sense and we the people say.”. I hope you have a nice warm spot right next to Adolf Hitler in hell.

      • .40 cal,

        Q: “How can you tell when dacian the demented is lying?”
        A: “His lips (or fingers) are moving.”

        dacian is incapable of telling the truth, but equally incapable of KNOWING the truth – he is committed to his Leftist/fascist ‘narrative’, and can only parrot propaganda supporting it. I regularly call him an @$$clown, but that is an insult to @$$clowns.

    • “Of course these insane clowns did not admit that weapons of mass destruction like assault rifles and high capacity semi-auto pistols never existed in colonial times.”

      There was literally private ownership of CANNONS. (And even that doesn’t count as a “weapon of mass destruction”, so please, stop hyperventilating.)

      The rest of that is so crazy, I’m not even sure how to respond to it. What color is the sky in this imaginary universe in your head?

      • Deoxy,

        Thanks! I missed that little bit of idiocy (since I assume total firearm ignorance from dacian the demented).

        Hey, dacian the demented, Google “Puckle Gun”, you drooling retard.

  10. The “need” argument is down right stupid. The need to have a firearm does not become apparent until you are confronted with a self defense situation where someone is threatening you will deadly physical force.

    • I don’t remember the word need being anywhere in the declaration of independence, constitution or any amendment?
      please correct me if I’m wrong

      • You are 100% correct. The 2nd A specifically states “shall not be infringed” and is specifically designed by the Founding Fathers for lawful self defense.


  12. Couple of items since I responded to a similar article yesterday. Ask Jay Leno and other car collectors how many cars they have. Consider the number of deaths and injuries by motor vehicle is greater than that for firearm deaths and injuries. There is no constitutional right to own a car per se but clearly to own a firearm. Jay buys cars because he can afford them and likes them, probably hardly drives most of them. You buy guns to collect, target shoot, competitive shoot, hunt and self-defense. Most of the firearm dealths are suicides (about 2/3). Most mass shooting are gang shootings, rifles of all kinds make up a small percentage of all firearm deaths. Democrat laws, rules and breaking the law policies are what are primarily responsible for all the violence, shootings, and drug addictions in this Country. Last year 100,000 deaths by drug overdoses. Watch the videos of the homeless and drug addicted in our major Democrat cities, it is a disgrace. Enough said.

  13. I thought Busse was a movie star with big teeth and a fck you grin?
    And who played Return of The Red Ryder? It wasn’t a cowboy movie, it was about a guy and a chick taking over a small town, their VW bus broke down. He wound up getting shot by a sheriff on top of a hill I think. Dang that was a cool movie,wish I could find it on you tube.
    You find me one wild animal that likes cars and I will eat garbage for the rest of my life. Cars ain’t done nothing but fck things up, yah got cars , yah got roads, yah got roads you got people driving over buffalo’s and frogs.
    I 100% totally agree with that busse guy, Cars Are Bad. I never blame the drunk behind the wheel that trys to run me over in his F150, no, because I’m sure if he was on a bicycle he wouldn’t do it. No, it’s the power of the motorized vehicle that turns him into an asshole.
    And, as I’ve reached my 26 word limit I’m sure this reply will be moderated and perhaps rejected. Only certain people (likedacian) can jabber on and on.

  14. So if Mr (P)ussy thinks the whole scheme of drivers licenses and car registration is a-ok why not then National Reciprocity? I don’t have to fill out an 8 page form to renew my carry permit yet I can drive in all 50 states just for showing up at the DMV and taking some eye test my 95 year old mother can pass.

  15. Barney Miller was awesome. See it once in awhile on antenna tv. Hash brownies is hilarious, especially the Abe Vigoda part.

  16. Not too many firearms, too many criminals.

    But I support treating firearms JUST like automobiles: No limitations. Buy/Sell with a bill of sale. No limits in number held. No prohibition except for operating them on public roads/highways. Anyone over 16 can operate one (with standardized, widely available training).

    • “But I support treating firearms JUST like automobiles”

      Yeah, I’ve tried to make that point to anti-gunners before, and it just simply will not process.

      To “regulate guns like cars” would involve repealing a very large majority of gun laws currently on the books.

  17. yes, like cars. with my Idaho driver’s license I drive into any state in the U.S. I can rent a car at any airport with my driver’s license and proof of insurance. I can buy a car in any state without a background check or even a driver’s license. I used to have a Corvette that would go 155 mph. there were no state laws prohibiting me from driving it (a car of racing) to any state.

  18. I completely agree with Mr. Busse.

    Guns owners are disrespectful of authority. A failure to rely on authorities is an invariable sign of improper and overly independent attitudes. The mere fact that they gather together to talk about guns at gun shops, gun shows, shooting ranges, and on the internet means that they have some plot going against us normal people. A gun owner has no right to associate with another gun owner.

    Therefore, to help ensure our right to happiness and safety we must ban and seize all guns from private hands, and forbid NRA-based criticism towards people who are only trying to help. Searching the homes of all NRA members for any guns and pro-gun literature will go a long way towards reducing crime.

    Common sense requires only uniformed soldiers, police, and other agents of the state have access to firearms, and think of all the money we can save by just taking away the guns from private owners and giving them to the military and police. No person should be able to challenge this by writing to Congress or the President. If they do they should be forced in court to admit to it and then fined a hundred million dollars for each time. Subjecting them to torture will probably change their minds.

    Making it mandatory that church ministers preach against guns or else they can’t get licensed will certainly encourage the church folk to have the correct belief about guns.

    We should hold a nation-wide vote against guns but gun-owners cannot be allowed to participate. They are too biased.

    People who don’t like all this prove they are on the side of the killers with the guns and should be put in jail along side all the gangbangers and other gun nuts. Letting them sit in jail for a few years before they are charged will give the government plenty of time to find something wrong in their lives. Anything they say, write, or express should be held against them to prove their guilt.

    We should bring all of them here to Chicago to be tried by Mayor Lightbringer as judge, and we should allow only mothers who have lost children to gunfire to be on the juries. Any attorney who tries to defend them should be arrested also. If we don’t get the right verdict the first time we can just keep trying them until we do.

    No woman needs to protect herself from rape, assault or murder and should just leave crime prevention to the Police who are properly equipped to investigate following the crime’s completion. Women using a gun in self-defense interferes with and makes the attempted crime a “non-event,” which unnecessarily complicates the Police investigation. Any woman who does this should be put in jail for interfering with an investigation.

    If someone still really, really thinks they have a need for a gun in their home for protection then the Army should just force them to host and feed some armed soldiers.

    The two percent of the media that don’t support these ideas should just be shut down.

    Those who claim that the 2nd amendment was given to us because we might someday need guns to use against an oppressive government forget that our Constitution has strong internal safeguards to protect our freedoms. So there!

    Long live our Constitution!

  19. “But Busse surrenders his arguments immediately by positing the debate as one of a matter of needs.”

    Surrender he does.

    You don’t need to eat or receive treatment for cancer, if you’re prepared to accept the consequences.

  20. The money quote: “But I’m not okay living in a country with 415 million guns where we’re reducing the amount of controls on ourself,” Busse continued. “That’s just insane. We wouldn’t roll back the laws on 270 million cars, right? You have more cars, you need more to control them so the people can stay safe. This is what we’re facing right now.”

    “More control…so the people can stay safe.” He’s correct, that is EXACTLY what we’re facing right now. But not in the way HE thinks.


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