California mayor says not wearing a mask is an ‘act of domestic terrorism’

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CORRECTION: The Los Angeles Office of Communications & Public Affairs has notified Christian Action Network that the quote below, originally attributed to Dr. Muntu Davis, was actually made by the City of Lancaster Mayor, Rex Perris. The mistaken quote attributed to Dr. Davis was originally published by LA Daily News which has “since corrected this error and apologized for making the mistake.”

As the line between pandemic response and political oppression becomes increasingly blurred, California is setting its usual extremist example: A California mayor has called for people to be arrested for not wearing masks in public.

In a piece published by the Los Angeles Daily News over Thanksgiving week, City of Lancaster Mayor, Rex Perris, said not wearing a mask was equivalent to an “act of domestic terrorism.”

That’s right: terrorism.

“County public health officials — faced with dramatically increased rates of transmission and potentially exponential growths of deaths in the coming weeks — have been ringing major alarm bells in recent days as hospital rooms fill up again and depleted hospital staffs scramble to keep up,” the Los Angeles Daily News reported. “They worry that such resources could be overwhelmed this month across the county, as more people ignore public health guidelines and if businesses were able to remain open without constraint.”

Perris said even restaurants with outdoor eating needed to have their business limited to get infection rates under control.

“If it were up to me, anybody not wearing a mask when they are out in public would be arrested,” Perris said. “That’s an act of domestic terrorism and should be treated like one.”

The Los Angeles County Public Health Department issued new coronavirus guidelines at the end of Thanksgiving week that went into effect Nov. 30 to answer what it said were spiking infections.

The statement also significantly reduced maximum occupancies at other businesses, some by as much as 80 percent.


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