Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of states and cities require customers who enter a store to wear a mask. Yet there is resistance. Some view these rules as an attack on their freedom and may even assault store employees in response. When a Target security guard in Michigan asked a family to wear masks, one of the family members shot him dead. The mayor of an Oklahoma city had to rescind a mask-wearing order one day after it was enacted due to threats against store proprietors. There are many other incidents like this.
While we can agree that assaulting employees is wrong, do the resisters have a point? They see mask rules as just one example of government oppression that freedom-loving people must resist. One letter to a Pennsylvania newspaper refers to mask-wearers as submissive “sheep,” a sentiment that many share, particularly in conservative regions of the country. Are they right?
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