Coronavirus Hysteria Raises Legitimate Gun and Freedom Concerns

Let's hope “social distancing” doesn't turn into a deeply divided country turning on itself. (Centers for Disease Control/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- By now, we all have stories to tell about how the coronavirus scare has impacted our lives. And we still don’t have any real and concrete assurances if we are being played for suckers because of information being overblown or because of information being withheld. The government and media have only themselves to thank for the widespread lack of trust.

We see shortages of essentials in stores with lines extending for blocks. It’s not hard to project a week or more into the future, especially in urban areas where high concentrations of people have not made preparations to have more than a day or two of food on hand. At what point will they begin to wander farther afield.

We see violence breaking out because of the shortages and because of kneejerk panic. And we know that physical assaults result in many more deaths than killings with politically-demonized “assault weapons.”

So what do we do if things get worse?

If you’re a communist gun-grabber like New York City national socialist Mayor Bill de Blasio, you call for nationalizing industry and letting the same government that failed to protect anybody in this run everything. And “progressives” call us the fascists.

And if the government does take over everything, including by imposing lockdowns and curfews, there becomes a matter of enforcement. More to the point:

If police officers get the coronavirus, who will patrol the streets?”

We know who the Founders intended.

Those of us who lived through the Los Angeles riots (sorry, Maxine Waters called them the “L.A. Rebellion”) saw whole sections of the city ceded to the destroyers for days. Those of you who experience Hurricane Katrina firsthand saw a substantial chunk of the force say “Screw it” and abandon their posts to take care of Number One.

So, assuming we’re not through this yet and there is a chance things could go from bad to worse, what better time for the idiot commie mayor and council of Champaign, IL, to “Order the discontinuance of selling, distributing, dispensing or giving away of explosives or explosive agents, firearms or ammunition of any character whatsoever”?

Does anyone doubt there are those salivating at the prospect of Katrina-style confiscations?

Or of declaring gun stores, the very supply points needed to equip the whole people for “the security of a free State” as non-essential and subject to ordered business closures? We’ve already got at least one subversive in Congress whining “Right now in America, it is easier to get an AR-15 than a test kit for COVID-19.”

Can we take that as a clue that he’d like to make it harder? “Right now in America”?

We see that the Trump administration in general and the Department of Justice in particular “reportedly has been preparing a plan that would let hundreds of thousands of federal employees work remotely.” It’s legitimate to ask if that will affect the folks responsible for NICS approvals and if the three business day approval rule would still apply if it does.

Speaking of which, forget toilet paper, as always seems to happen when gun owners perceive a threat, there’s a run on guns and ammo (that’s from a UK site—note the snotty British subjects who may yet soon come to rue the day they let themselves be disarmed). Again I return to Maxine’s Rebellion, recalling the sputtering outrage from people who hadn‘t been paying attention suddenly realizing in Los Angeles, you couldn’t just walk into a gun shop and walk out with a gun.

And always quick to go for an easy laugh in front of an audience not smart enough to know better, “comedian,” slanderer, perpetual [email protected]$$ punk (and hypocritical self-admitted gun owner) Bill Maher thought it was somehow funny to conflate taking very real and pragmatic preparations in the face of indeterminate civil unrest with a stereotypical redneck threatening to shoot the virus.

There are those who are exploiting the hell out of this to sweep in the anti-gun Democrats in November. And it’s also a given that, like the sweeping civil liberties violations after 9/11 and during the Boston Marathon bombing, many of our frightened countrymen have a kneejerk tendency to swap essential freedoms for the illusion of “feeling safe.”

That said, as the old saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining

Americans can now see for themselves that the government is utterly incapable of protecting them. If things get worse, that lesson will become up close and personal for many. They’re also seeing that admitting unvetted foreign nationals to “help” spread a global pandemic represents a very real public health threat to themselves. And it may even get some asking themselves what’s wrong about “America First”?

But many won’t come to these conclusions without a push, so it’s up to us to point them out.

Read related: Need Help Figuring Out Which Gas Mask To Buy For Coronavirus?



About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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idefend

Aled Jones is like the rest of the world… Hawking his shit and making money off the mass of idiots.

Granddadted
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Granddadted

Usually like your posts, my friend, but Alex passed the breath alcohol test. No charges. It’s not like you to push FAKE NEWS!

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Grand, I think Will meant it as a question. He should have written it as a question, that is all.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Anywhere else?

Arm up, carry on.

Big George
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Big George

I’m still not convinced that the ‘pandemic’ wasn’t intentionally planned and created by a ‘Soros’ or ‘Bloomberg’ et.al. to eliminate and decrease our population to a ‘manageable’ level! I don’t buy their excuse about us over 60 are going to die first! And, as soon as I heard that moron NY Gov Cuomo say he’s planning on calling out the National Guard, my FIRST thought was ‘gun confiscation’! No doubt our POS Gov Newscum here in Commiefornia will be in lock step on that too!

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StWayne

The outbreak source of the virus is Wuhan, China. This is ground zero. It’s their Chernobyl, and they will have to own it. This also where China has one of its infectious disease labs. Which, of course, eliminates coincidence. This means that China decided to either (1) unleash it on the world to gather data, or (2) it got away on them: same as Lyme disease did us from our same lab in Lyme, Connecticut. Everything else you hear about it is designed to deflect and mislead.

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While I expect that crisis peak will be long before the November election, would not be surprised if second wave has started at that point and could have a rather negative impact. Younger voters typically do not turn out in large number, however they seem to both be less frightened of the virus and more susceptible to media suggestions that “this is all trump’s fault”. Couple that with fear of middle-aged and older voters, who may stay home, skipping the vote to avoid exposure risk. In short disease is likely to have little effect on democrat turnout and possibly provide… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

What the F is this?

Arm up, carry on.

Knute
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Knute

That’s the O’bomba era scandal known as “pizzagate”. Because they referred to the kidnapped children as “pizzas”. One wouldn’t really expect any criminal to order mass numbers of felonies over a cell phone without couching the text in some innocent sounding euphemisms, now would one?

Knute
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Knute

Once again, its their sheeple nature. Winston Churchill said: “Most people, at least once in their life, will come face-to-face with the truth. Most will pick themselves up, brush themselves off, and continue on about their business as if nothing happened.”
One does not become a world leader without understanding how to manipulate the sheeple’s perceptions. Or, nowadays, having a handler assigned to you by the elite that does.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Just seems weird, people TRYING to get into hell ahead of time.

Arm up, carry on.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

It is entirely possible for riots, looting, assaults, rape and murder if this virus thing gets out of hand. Some people are prone to panic while others are prone to theft, assault, murder and these are the public leadership; demoncraps and like minded socialist/communist enforcement types. Corrupt cops, feds and this goes without saying, demoncraps, will do as has been done since Cain murdered Able. Anyone, ANYONE, who attempts to disarm you must be considered evil by BIBLICAL definition and criminal, maybe treasonous, by law. Surrender your firearms and ammo at your and your family’s peril. It’s not like innocent… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

This is obviously hypothetical. The the police on your doorstep, with the warrant and are done trying to reason with you, they are now coming in to get your goodies. What ever they get is your complete collection–so where does the Bible and other things come into effect? Are you going to gun them on the door step, living room or what ever? Again all the tough talk is just tough talk. Some will say they have other guns buried or hidden up their rear. Well they too are useless unless used and even so are they going to use… Read more »

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gregs

I will defend our 2A right as long as I a heartbeat. I have already decided that unless they have a lawful warrant, not an illegal red flag/erpo one, they will meet with the most resistance I have at my disposal. in florida leo’s cannot seize your firearms during disasters like they did in katrina. this scenario is something everyone should have already made their mind up about, don’t wait until it happens.

StWayne
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StWayne

You and I sir, are kindred spirits. I say that very thing as often a I can, that you have to steel yourself for the inevitable. Now is the time. Nosce te ipsum!

Jim
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Jim

I did, then I forgot where they are; sure makes coming home at night an adventure.

StWayne
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StWayne

I’ll get back to you on that after I stop laughing.

Knute
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Knute

And dipped them in shit to cause disease to boot.
I guess they didn’t know we had antibiotics… 🙂

Jim
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Jim

We had steel soled boots.

Ansel Hazen
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Ansel Hazen

I have thought it out. No one coming for any of my property is getting past the doorstep. They will be finding out how many molons I’m willing to labe.

Training with the Militia is NOT canceled for this weekend.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Jim, I have, do and will obey the law UNTIL it goes against BIBLICAL LAW. Luke 22:36 “If a man has no sword (the assault weapon of the day), let him sell his cloak and buy one.” It should be of note the LORD HIMSELF said this. The LORD says that being armed is at least as important as outer clothing. Past that we have the declaration of independence, the constitution, the bill of rights and the amendments that ALL say, in one form or another, that every free American, who is not in jail or the loony farm, not… Read more »

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DB — If the law comes for your guns, like they did in Louisiana during Katrina, and you are “legally” able to possess them, then it’s your Constitutional OBLIGATION to defend yourself however you see fit. What you’re dealing with are anti-Constitutional thugs hiding behind badges, if not the color of the law. I’ve seen, and talked to many police officers, who say they will never enforce such illegalities should such an order come down. Other LE offices, like in 2005 during hurricane Katrina, cotton to no such obligations. I have posted many times that you have to come to… Read more »

StWayne
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StWayne

Expect the worse, plan for the best.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

HOPE for the best, PLAN for the worst.

Arm up, carry on.

Jim
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Jim

Yeah but a bunch of police offices piled up outside your door with bullet holes in them sort of puts on the wrong image for your neighborhood. But in reality this is the tough decision in all of this and macho talk is not the solution–the solution is….

StWayne
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StWayne

What? Complying? To make oneself servile in the face of the enemy is to empower them. You only get one shot at this, and you’re not likely to survive unless you surrender, and even then maybe because now you pissed them off, making everything you did up that point both moot and useless. Everyone died for nothing. The neighborhood went when “they” showed up to dominate it, and rip its spirit from its soul.

Ansel Hazen
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Ansel Hazen

The best Defense is a good Offense, that’s what.

Jim
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Jim

CONFISCATION? Well these various pronouncements of forced closures (really sad for business people) can give a hint at when state government can simply say and folks obey or else. Now guys, without being macho and jive posturing, let’s get real, if that were to get insane and come out as firearm surrendering then as the Cops song goes–whatcha ya gonna do when they come for you?

Knute
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Knute

You can shrug…

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Papa

So think what will happen when the banks suspend all cash transactions. There mind set here is to stop the spread of the so called virus. Everything else in my town has closed why not the banks/cash. Only card purchases people.

Sisu
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Sisu

Could be one of the ulterior motives. Once we’re “cashless” we have lost all freedoms. … Current headlines indicate Trump Admin is considering mailing every American (citizen ?; resident ?) $1,000. … But, if the powers that be really wanted to stimulate the economy they would simply reissue the $500 and $1,000 bills.

Wild Bill
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@Sisu, Five hundred and one thousand dollar bills were discontinued to impede the illicit drug trade. And if, under SHTF circumstances, all you had was a five hundred dollar bill, then the cost of any little thing would be five hundred dollars.

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Sisu

@Wild Bill, I was not discussing a SHTF event; but I agree with your statement (which also obviates the usefulness of precious metals in similar circumstances). I was discussing the suspension of cash transactions, a very real possibility given the current government over reach to the supposed “end-of-times, CoVid-19” threat. Regardless to your comment: the drug trade was one rationale for eliminating large denomination bills, but I expect you’ll agree that hasn’t been successful; just created new market need that major banks filled – money laundering. Other reasons which were (I recall higher ranked) were to make counterfeiting less feasible… Read more »

Wild Bill
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@OV, True, it is a sliding scale. If things got really bad a can of food would be worth even more than a handful of 30 30 shells.

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StWayne

I remember how buying ammo during the Obama era Presidency (2102 on) became impossible. When I inquired locally with those in the know, they said it was because the government was buying and stockpiling ALL ammo for their own purposes, intentionally keeping it in short supply because this was now their new form of Obama era gun control. I have more ammo on hand than I will ever use, that I keep in stock for just that reason. Every month I purchase about 100 rounds so as not to raise anyone’s suspicions.

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StWayne

If they DO monitor all this, then they will know what awaits them if they decide to shit on the Constitution. If it comes right down to it, I know for a fact that I could never use all the ammo I got because they will get me long before that ever happens. The best I can hope for is to let them know they were in a fight.

StWayne
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StWayne

As far as ammo being worth a sandwich, it just depends on your situation at any given time. I have forever been harping on this. I know people online who have anywhere from $250,00 to $1,000,000 in gold bullion, that they can’t trade for shit because they can’t get their investment back, so they just keep it. It’s a middle class trap, where the premiums they charge you, the system has made sure you will never see again. Then there’s EO (Executive Order) 6102, called the gold confiscation act of 1933, that’s still on the books. All the gov has… Read more »

JIAZ
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JIAZ

@Oldvet
I’ve already been contacted by a few close friends this week who know I’m well stocked in that regard. I gave them each a list of groceries/dry goods to bring for trade.

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PMinFl

The silver lining: at least now everything is being cleaned and sanitized properly daily. Planes,busses,trains,restaraunts and supermarkets haven’t been this clean in years.

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Tionico

and it won’t make a bit of difference. The problem is not “catching” a few virus cells here and there. The REAL problem is that most folks have not done what is necessary to maintain proper immune system health, so that WHEN (not if) some virus cells DO enter your body it can take care of them. Not much is out there from government regarding the strength of our immune systems. I think this is somewhere between careless or deliberatly leaving us in the dark so “they” can have more control.

JIAZ
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JIAZ

French and Australian Researchers Have Success Against Covid-19

“A renowned research professor in France has reported successful results from a new treatment for Covid-19, with early tests suggesting it can stop the virus from being contagious in just six days.
Chloroquine – which is normally used mainly to prevent and treat malaria – was administered via the named drug, Plaquenil.”
https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/French-researcher-in-Marseille-posts-successful-Covid-19-coronavirus-drug-trial-results

“A team of infectious disease experts at the University of Queensland in Brisbane say they have seen two existing medications manage to wipe out COVID-19 infections.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8115879/COVID-19-Australian-researchers-CURE-coronavirus.html

StWayne
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StWayne

Marshall Law. Welcome to every country run by a thug, as patrolled by those forces loyal to him or her. See every dictator who has ever put down an uprising that was a threat to his or her power. During times like this you have got to be able to fend for yourself, by whichever means necessary. Just because a cop wears a badge does not make him or her above the law, when they themselves have made their cause a criminal one: like gun confiscation. My major complaint are the Millennials. These same people who say Republicans are going… Read more »

Sisu
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Sisu

Following up on some comments below: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/16/new-orleans-mayor-issues-coronavirus-order-allowing-ban-on-sale-transportation-of-firearms/ https://www.zerohedge.com/political/illinois-mayor-grants-herself-power-ban-gun-sales-and-alcohol-during-coronavirus-epidemic As well, Mayor of Hoboken, NJ has declared a nighttime curfew, and also San Francisco: Escalating Quickly: Hoboken NJ Announces City-Wide Enforced Coronavirus Curfew – All Citizens Must Stay in Their Homes 10pm to 5am… It Begins – San Francisco Initiates Forced Quarantine of all Residents, All Hours, Effective Midnight… The above are just a few examples. And, just this morning I have read articles suggesting last week’s “four week” cycle for CoVid-19 to run its course went to “six to eight weeks” and then perhaps the “Spring of 2021”. The lack of dissent… Read more »

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If you want to really get into what is going on with this so called epidemic I suggest go to nomorefakenews and read investigative reporter Jon Rappoport’s summations as well as lewrockwell dot com. Here is an excerpt from one article at Lew’s from yesterday… As of Friday, March 13, 2020, The Centers for Disease Control reports 1629 infections and just 41 COVID-19 deaths in the US. Based on these miniscule infection and death rate numbers the US was placed on lockdown and incoming international travel banned. For comparison, the CDC reports the 2019-2020 seasonal flu has produced 36 million… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

USA, well, he’s right, it is not Marshall law (doctrine?), so it’s not a lie. Reminds me of Clinton, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

No, Hillary’s email servers were different, like other businesses, in order to connect to government servers, one must go through a VPN, that makes it as secure as the security built into the VPN, which is quite secure. I know that it is because I can access classified federal government data over a VPN. If that was not secure, I would not have the authority to do so.

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JPM

The best summation of this Virus crap I’ve seen. My family and friends are not doing anything other than what we normally do during the flu season, which is 10 times worse than this Corona crap, and it doesn’t include hoarding toilet paper. We’re seeing that this nation is overpopulated by cowardly pussy sheep.

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Will Flatt
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All the places that are instituting lockdowns and rolling out martial law provisions (like Chamapign IL, even though that city has ZERO cases) are ALL RUN BY DEMONRATS. The Left is using this contrived ‘crisis’, ginned up by their partners in the MSM, to justify emergency rulership over Americans because all their other efforts have failed. This contrived emergency is being used to suspend basic human rights, including freedom of worship! If you’re not allowed to congregate in numbers more than a half dozen, how are the VAST majority of churches supposed to worship? No assembies? NO GUN SHOWS, NO… Read more »

Knute
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Knute

As a whole society, we well deserve anything that befalls us, no matter how heinous and idiotically foolish it might be. Your birth certificate is proof of guilt.

Will Flatt
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Knute, you cannot ascribe guilt to individuals for the shortcomings of the collective, when the individual rejected the course of action followed by the collective. That being said, though, when SHTF, everyone gets splattered regardless.

Knute
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Knute

Not everyone. There are always survivors. From Vesuvius to ice ages to polar shifts to the last Yellowstone Caldera blast and the nuclear winter that followed, humans have survived them all…. because here we are! We’re like ants, nothing can get us all. And that was without electricity, batteries, or any knowledge of physics or much of anything else, other than wood and animal products.
Hardships yes, extinction no. Not so long as the planet and the sun are still around.

Will Flatt
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When I said “splattered” I wasn’t saying everyone dies… I was saying it’s a big sh!t sandwich, and everyone will have to take a bite.

Knute
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Knute

Oh. I stand corrected. That I can give a big 10-4 to, good buddy.
We’ll all have a bite of this big turd.

Will Flatt
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Well in Seattle they’re using an closed airport terminal. I imagine other places will use similar facilities. Other places are commandeering motels & hotels, and I’ve heard some places are looking at putting quarantined people in closed schools. Replace desks with cots and there ya go.

Will Flatt
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How the globalist elites plan to cull the world population:
– Introduce a virus that is highly infectious, but ultimately won’t kill too many people, just a bit worse than your average flu.
– Hype the pandemic, maximize fear, & impose medical martial law: confine everyone to their homes.
– Conduct door to door mandatory vaccinations during martial law, except the cure’s more deadly than the disease! Bill Gates explains:

DDS
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DDS

Check out “Rainbow Six” by Tom Clancy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Six_(novel)

Big George
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Big George

Check out the Dean Koontz novel ‘The Eyes Of Darkness’ written in 1981!! On page 355 the character in the novel is talking about a VIRUS invented in a lab in WUHAN CHINA that becomes a pandemic!! BTW…the REAL lab in Wuhan China was funded by the Bill Gates Foundation! Makes you wonder!!

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Knute
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Knute

The Khazar Elite has never been shy about how they oppress and destroy humanity, nor even in writing their plans down. Only about you and I getting to read them: “ACTION / OFFENSE Most people want to be able to subdue and/or kill other human beings which disturb their daily lives, but they do not want to have to cope with the moral and religious issues which such an overt act on their part might raise. Therefore, they assign the dirty work to others (including their own children) so as to keep the blood off their own hands. They rave… Read more »

Knute
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Knute

I think there are a lot more of us than one thinks. Remember that at least 80% are sheep. They just do whatever the flock does. If it looks to the flock as if we are winning, that 80% will try to become our best friends overnight. Like fire, they are a powerful force, but without direction. They just flow wherever the wind blows… because: “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” -Samuel Adams Believe me (verily, I say unto you?…), I… Read more »

moe mensale
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moe mensale

The SARS outbreak affected people over 65 far more than younger people. 50% mortality vs 1% or less.

SARS wasn’t a big deal. Only ~8,000 cases and ~800 deaths worldwide. Only a handful of cases and no deaths in the US.

Ansel Hazen
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Ansel Hazen

I think we all need to be asking why this country is being thrown into the dumpster because of (at the time I write this) 4539 cases of the virus and 91 deaths in the entire US.

Finnky
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Finnky

@AZ – Ever see exponential growth? Do you understand the math? With new virus the past is not the concern, the future is. Future of the virus, future of our economy and our political survival – with democrats using this in attempts to discredit president and to test run localized martial law. Fear is a powerful tool. As @USA says – now is not the time to lose contact with compatriots. With modern technology it is easy to remain in contact remotely. Even if fed had ability to monitor all calls, texts and emails – there is no need to… Read more »

Ansel Hazen
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Ansel Hazen

I do, my text machine is blowing up with people checking in. As stated previously, training on Sunday with the MILITIA is NOT CANCELLED.

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax

USA, Did you notice the little twink doesn’t know the difference between Marshall and Martial?

Knute
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Knute

What more can we expect from someone who thinks a barrel shroud is “the thing that goes up”? That he would know that your, yore, and you’re are three different things? Not bloody likely!

moe mensale
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moe mensale

Marco Rubio isn’t Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy. Get your facts straight.

moe mensale
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moe mensale

He later corrected himself although he still spelled it incorrectly. “marital”

Finnky
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Finnky

Thank you David for the timely reminder of police behavior following Katrina. Like the men said, when there’s a team at close range pointing assault rifles at you is not the time to try to pick up your weapon. Plans and response teams must be ready ahead of time. Hopefully more applicable to my personal life, any guess how many months this will add to NFA approval? Bought a “cheap” suppressor in June’19 and now I’m worried I won’t get my hands on it before pres. Biden outlaws them entirely! Am seriously thinking Texas may sucede if the rest of… Read more »

Finnky
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@Will – Was not aware he’d gone to prison. A little surprised he’s still there, or is he in protective custody? Mayor cannot do everything himself. Department heads and individual officers all bear culpability. Nuremburg clearly articulated that “just following orders” is not an excuse for criminal actions. Heard too many stories of National Guard standing around doing nothing, they were “uncomfortable” with LEO behavior, but had been assigned to provide backup for those officers. On the other hand, I thought they’d announced intention to shoot looters on sight. Still not sure why they didn’t shoot the uniformed looters. Particularly… Read more »

JIAZ
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JIAZ

Democratic-Socialist politicians especially, with a lot of help from mainstream media, are intentionally driving the “hysteria” to advance their social agenda.

The Democratic-Socialist Party sees the Constitution, the Bill Of Rights, the Supreme Court, and the Electoral College as obstacles they must overcome to achieve their end goal of totalitarianism in America. Individual freedoms and the Democratic-Socialist Party are incompatible.

“Hysteria”
Exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion, especially among a group of people.