Functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the COVID-19 emergency for both public health and safety as well as community well-being. Certain critical infrastructure industries have a special responsibility in these times to continue operations.
This advisory guidance and accompanying list are intended to support state, local, tribal, territorial and industry partners in identifying the critical infrastructure sectors and the essential workers needed to maintain the services and functions Americans depend on daily and that need to be able to operate resiliently during the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.
Christopher C. Krebs
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
March 28, 2020
MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE
There are some weasel words which give local area discretion to add or remove items but SAF and the NRA have been suing the politicians who have been shutting down gun stores:
- GUN GROUPS SUE CAL. GOV. NEWSOM, L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF VILLANUEVA
- SAF, GRASS ROOTS N.C. AND FPC SUE N.C. SHERIFF OVER PISTOL PERMIT HOLDS
- SAF ADDS PLAINTIFFS, AMENDS FEDERAL LAWSUIT, FILES SHOW CAUSE MOTION v. NEW JERSEY GOV. PHIL MURPHY
- SAF SUES N.J. GOVERNOR FOR DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS
I’m surprised at the lack of howling from anti-gun ownership groups. The worst I have seen so far is from the Gifford group:
Even some gun control advocates say it might not be wise to shut down federally licensed firearms dealers, whose sales require background checks. That could force buyers to use a website or seek a private sale that doesn’t require a check, making it more difficult to trace a firearm if it’s used in a crime.
There are risks to both closing a gun shop or keeping it open, said David Chipman, a retired agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“If you keep it open, there’s the risk of first-time buyers who are largely buying out of fear and panic and untrained,” said Chipman, now senior policy adviser for Giffords, a gun control advocacy group.
Gun control advocates are concerned about a large number of new owners lacking the usual access to training on how to store and handle their weapon properly. They also worry that Americans who are stocking up now eventually will sell their firearms privately.
“If we can imagine how horrible this crisis is … the people who hoarded the guns might decide six months from now – once they see no zombies around but they’ve run out of tuna and beef jerky – that they need the money to buy food,” Chipman said.
Millions of new gun owners has to be the nightmare scenario for these groups. This is a silver lining in the dark cloud of COVID-19.—Joe]
Oh noes! We can’t control these people.
Boy howdy! And speaking of no control. Watch pay day on the first.
It’s going to be Black Friday on April fools day?
And honestly, if you don’t have guns, ammo, and food by this time in our society. Your not exactly into situational awareness. Which is the first/most important tool in the human survival kit.
And if Gifford group thinks their going to make some kind of difference at this point. Well good luck to’em. Situational awareness isn’t their strong suit either.
It’s times like these we see the best and worst come out in humans.
Let’s hope for the best.
A few takeaways;
1. “Untrained” means you don’t have the right. Sure, rights are good things, but only so long as the individual is government approved, certified and licensed as being responsible enough. Ths plays into our pride, and so we will be tempted (and we’ve all seen this happen) to enforce it against one another, even while, oddly, thinking ourselves the “protectors” of “rights”.
2. The authoritarians are jockeying to outlaw private sales. With # 1 already effectively lost, ths one will be lost as well.
3. Gun owners are dumb losers who survive on “tuna and beef jerky” (some elitist’s idea of redneck food). Here, in an odd, seemingly inconsequential utterance, we find one of the foundational, motivating beliefs of authoritarianism; the notion that people are just too dumb and/or evil (and just plain creepy and disgusting besides) to have rights. We can’t have people (who are dumb, scary and gross as a rule) running around willy nilly, making their own decisions, so long as those decisions could affect others. Of course, since we surrendered education to the leftist activists long ago, they’ve been doing their damnedest to make this assumption inevitable and wide-spread. They of course are enjoining us to hate and revile our fellow man as much as they do.
While not exactly ‘critical infrastructure’ I’m amazed no one out there is commenting on California effectively OUTLAWING Door-Dash, Uber Eats, Grub Hub, et al. immediately prior to ordering all restaurants to close except for take out or (preferably) delivery, and then ordering everyone to shelter in place.
Those now illegal gig economy workers would be making a KILLING as well as providing an important if not vital community service right now, but NOOooo…
Probably because we’re numb to Californian idiocy at this point.
This is the same state that has effectively decriminalized theft, after all.