Recently, demonstrations have been taking place in states across America, as protestors rebel against the COVID-19 stay-at-home measures and other lockdown laws.
These people have taken it upon themselves to ignore the needs of the many, demanding immediate action to ease, if not end, the restrictions brought in to help stop the spread of the virus.
Why? For no good reason.
According to the Seattle Times, on Sunday, 19th of April, more than 2,000 people gathered at a rally in Olympia, Washington, with pictures revealing that social distancing was flouted.
Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and public health scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, soon took to Twitter, commenting: “I predict a new epidemic surge (incubation time ~5-7 days before onset symptoms, if any, and transmission to associates around that time, even among asymptomatics)… so increase in 2-4 weeks from now.”
It won’t be long until we find out if he’s right.
Some Washington state representatives were seen to take part, including Jim Walsh, Vicki Kraft and Robert Sutherland. The Seattle Times said Sutherland appeared to have a handgun tucked into his pants and was particularly upset about a ban on recreational fishing.
“Governor, you send men with guns after us for going fishing, we’ll see what a revolution looks like,” he reportedly said.
Now that is going too far. If it were not for the fact that it does not call for imminent unlawful action, that statement would constitute arrest and prosecution for inciting violence.
Protesters say the stay-at-home measures imposed by states are an overreaction to COVID-19. They claim that restricting movement and closing businesses are unnecessarily hurting citizens.