Freedom during and after a crisis

  • 14 April 2020
  • NormanL

Concerns about whether some in governments would the coronavirus epidemic to curtail certain rights have been around since the first emergency declarations were issued. As Reason's J.D. Tuccille notes, politicians and the media have allowed their authoritarian flags to fly openly and freely, and points to some in Congress who have a sweeping gun control bill ready to go if the crisis and public attitudes toward more intrusive government persist.

In selling their gun control bill, [Sen. Elzabeth] Warren and [Rep. Hank] Johnson play on public fears and the desire to be "saved" from unseen perils. In a joint January 30 press release trumpeting their gun bill, Warren and Johnson described a country rife with violence "in homes and on sidewalks, in schools and supermarkets, in places of worship and workplaces." They invoked a false "crisis" involving a made-up "epidemic"—just as a real crisis-sized epidemic was rolling into our lives.

Our libertarians friends have an old saying that war is the health of the state.  Let's hope, and work to ensure, our own health improves, and government is returned to its constitutional boundaries as soon as possible.