Owossa, MI — Last month, TFTP reported how some folks are beginning to question the closures stemming from COVID-19 and the subsequent impending economic chaos.
Business owners who are unable to obtain government backed SBC loans are taking matters into their own hands and they are opening up — despite threats of arrest and fines. Some of these businesses are willingly facing permanent closure and arrest for opening which has earned them the support of many gun owners and in Michigan, the militia.
In April, we reported on the case of Shelley Luther who made headlines for opening up her business, Salon A la Mode in Dallas, Texas. When she opened, Luther’s salon was guarded by armed citizens and private security guards. However, this wasn’t enough and earlier this month, she was arrested.
In Owossa, Michigan, however, barbershop owner Karl Manke, doesn’t just have the support of a few gun owners — he has a militia — who is in place to deliberately block the police if they show up to kidnap the man for cutting the hair of willing customers.
So far, the militia’s presence has been enough to deter police, and not just one or two cops either.
“Yesterday six troopers came in to enforce the governor’s order or to issue a cease or desist order so we are here to make sure he doesn’t get arrested. We’re willing to stand in front of that door and block the entrance so the police will have no entry there today,” said Owosso resident and militia member, Daniel Brewer.
As the militia guards the shop, others protest for Manke’s right as well as the rest of the state’s right to work.
“I think everyone that comes out and supports Karl should protest, because I feel like some of Michigan should open up with regulations and if he wants to work, he should be able to work,” said one protester outside 77-year-old Manke’s barbershop.
These folks are not advocating for some wild west policies here, they are simply supporting those who are willing to open their businesses or return to their jobs.
“Everyone just needs to calm down and have compassion for people who are afraid of the virus and have compassion for people who need to work and put food in their belly,” the supporter said.