Common Sense: Illinois Says Gun Stores Are Essential Businesses During COVID-19 Lockdown

As the coming weeks unfold, state governments are going to be called upon to react to the coronavirus pandemic. This will lead to all sorts of interesting oddities. While some states are going to close certain businesses, others may decide to make their own decisions. Most of the stories that we have seen are not very surprising but this one happens to be very ironic.

The state of Illinois has been pro gun control for some time now. In fact, they have some of the harshest laws on record. Many Illinois residents figured that the state would use the crisis as a means of passing even more gun control laws. They received a very pleasant surprise recently.

Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker issued an executive order that allows for the continued opening of gun stores. These shops are considered to be essential businesses. Can you believe that these stores are actually being protected by the law? We are stunned. Illinois turned down an opportunity to enact even more gun control related legislation.

Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations. Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply other Essential Businesses and Operations with the support or materials necessary to operate, including computers, audio and video electronics, household appliances; IT and telecommunication equipment; hardware, paint, flat glass; electrical, plumbing and heating material; sanitary equipment; personal hygiene products; food, food additives, ingredients and components; medical and orthopedic equipment; optics and photography equipment; diagnostics, food and beverages, chemicals, soaps and detergent; and firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers for purposes of safety and security;

Pritzker believes that the citizens of this state need access to guns and ammo during these trying times. He even said so himself. The gun stores will be kept open for the purposes of safety and security. We are glad to see that there are some leaders who are operating with the proper level of common sense.

After all, common sense is not always common when we are in crisis situation. Too many leaders are not willing to make these types of decisions. Instead, they allow themselves to be swept away by the liberals who are looking to use the crisis to their benefit. If you are wondering why we referred to the executive order in Illinois as ironic, just take a look at Pritzker’s website.

His agenda was centered on gun control. He wanted everyone to know that he was going to be tough on guns and now look at him. The governor even referred to the supposed lack of gun control as a public health epidemic. These are the things that you simply cannot make up at a time like this.

It was pretty cheap to toss around these sorts of terms even before the pandemic took place. This type of behavior looks especially awful in retrospect. Gun violence should never be referred to in this manner by anyone who is actually looking to help out. It’s low hanging fruit and of course, the liberal media encourages it.

All they know is sensationalism. The executive order that was issued allows Pritzker to have his proverbial cake and eat it, too. He gets to court the leftists by saying all kinds of flowery nonsense about the need for gun control. Once a true crisis arrived, he backtracked and said the exact opposite. This is why people find it so difficult to trust politicians.

The Second Amendment Foundation is offering their approval of the executive order and they want everyone to know how big of a deal this is. When a governor who ran on an anti gun platform is ready to do an about face on these policies once the proverbial you know what hits the fan, this speaks volumes.

It is easy to see why pro gun rights activists are taking this executive order as a victory of sorts. The consumers are already getting ahead of the curve on this one. In these uncertain times, everyone wants to make sure that they are protected. We do not know what lies ahead. By allowing citizens to obtain the proper protection, they are given the peace of mind that has been so hard for them to come by.

Local efforts to close down these Illinois gun stores are not going to be successful now. All we can do now is hope that this governor and other people who think like him have been silenced for long. If gun control was so important, why would this Illinois governor go against everything that he had already said? The panic that was taking place before the executive order was issued was completely unnecessary.

This pandemic has taught everyone some key lessons about the businesses that are most important. While many gun control activist leftists thought that they were going to use the tragedy as a means of forcing more legislation through, they are going to have to go back to the drawing board. This is not the time to be turning a legitimate public health issue into some sort of political cause. Don’t the leftists get enough of doing this on a regular basis?

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