Americans are fairly used to taking risks. This is simply a piece of the larger freedom puzzle in which we refuse to be coddled or nannied by our government. This American experiment is all about individual responsibility, and so we drink, smoke, cuss, and fight like no other nation on the planet.
But, should you decide to host a gathering during this coronavirus pandemic, expect to have the authorities come crashing down on with the reckless abandon of a fighter jet falling out of the sky.
Heck, in Los Angeles, if you’re caught with guests at your own home, the city may just cut off your utilities.
During a press conference Wednesday night, Mayor Eric Garcetti authorized the city to shut off power and water to properties, including houses and businesses, that are in violation of gathering regulations as a means to “shut these places down permanently.”
“By turning off that power, shutting off that water we feel we can close these places down, which usually are not one-time offenders but multiple-offenders,” Garcetti said.
He noted that local law enforcement officers are having a hard time dealing with gatherings where there are hundreds of people who are “breaking the law.”
And what about the constitutional rights that Americans are supposed to have on their own property?
“We know we can do this,” Garcetti said, responding to a question about the measure’s legality.
The next thing you know, L.A. authorities will claim the right to nullify your Second Amendment rights based on memes you share online.