(FreedomBeacon.com)- Because he is in the pocket of Walmart and has a spine made of jelly, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is regretting signing into law a bill banning state and local mask mandates in Arkansas. Hutchinson said that when he signed the bill in April, cases in his state were at a low point. He also shifted the blame to the Arkansas legislature, adding that had he not signed the bill, they would have overrode his veto.
Last week, Hutchinson reinstated the state’s public health emergency and is now calling a special session for the Arkansas legislature asking them to change the mask mandate law so that school districts can impose masking requirements if they choose.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Hutchinson said he wished the mask mandate ban had not become law, adding that now the only way to change things is either to have the legislature amend the law or for the courts to declare it unconstitutional. His excuse for infringing on the liberty of Arkansans was “everything has changed now.”
Arkansas Secretary of Health Jose Romero recently reported that almost 19 percent of Arkansas’ current COVID-19 cases are among children under the age of 18.
But how many of those children under 18 are currently in the ICU or hospitalized? While percentages are useful, they also mask (no pun intended) the true numbers of cases and their severity. Children are far less likely to suffer severe symptoms of COVID-19. Likewise, they are far less likely to contract or transmit the virus.
According to columnist Daniel Horowitz at the Blaze, the Republican-controlled legislature has a golden opportunity to use this special legislative session to develop a better COVID response instead of doing as Hutchinson expects by doubling down on failed Faucism.
In short, Horowitz believes that the legislature should give Hutchinson “a session that he will never forget.”
Horowitz argues that the old COVID response did nothing to slow the spread – something that should be clear seventeen months into this mess. He suggests instead that the legislature should consider measures that promote early treatment, prophylaxis and long-term boosting to the immune system.