There’s no doubt that some politicians are using the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to enact their agenda, even if it has nothing to do with keeping the American people healthy. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others have spoken explicitly about the “opportunities” presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, and politicians have attempted to pack stimulus bills and coronavirus response legislation with all kinds of things that have nothing to do with the crisis at hand. Mayors like Jackon, Mississippi’s Chokwe Lumumba have tried to enact unconstitutional gun control laws in the name of public health, and governors like New Jersey’s Phil Murphy have done their best to prevent residents from exercising their Second Amendment rights to purchase and train with a firearm.
All of these things are true, yet I keep seeing some not-great and even inaccurate arguments being used in an attempt to persuade the public and politicians that it’s time to stand up for the erosion of our civil liberties. At the Midland Reporter-Telegram, activist Jenny Cudd gets a few things wrong while rightly arguing in defense of those individual liberties, and I think she hurts her own argument in the process.
Cudd says, for example, that churches are coming under attack by authoritarian governors like Greg Abbott in Texas.