One of the revealing things about a crisis is that it exposes our priorities. The things that are important to us. The things we consider essential.
And while “essential” is in the eye of the beholder, it is thought-provoking to consider that the Trump administration has placed gun shops in that category. With most states issuing stay-at-home orders and ordering businesses to close, a few outlets deemed important to our daily lives have been allowed to remain open.
You know, places such as grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies. In Washington, that also has included marijuana shops, which certainly are essential to those who use medical marijuana and arguably are essential for many others.
The idea behind the closures, of course, is to limit human-to-human contact and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Makes sense. The better we can slow the COVID-19 pandemic, the faster life can return to normal.
Many states did not consider gun shops to be essential, despite reports of record sales, and ordered them closed. So, gun-rights activists got to work, telling the White House how essential guns are to the American way of life. As Politico explains: “The administration revised its initial guidelines and declared gun stores and shooting ranges to be critical businesses that can stay open during the outbreak — putting them on par with hospitals, grocery stores and pharmacies.” The contrast between gun shops and, say, hospitals should be obvious.