True courage is hard to find these days, but at least one small business owner is demonstrating just that.
Ian Smith, the owner of Atilis Gym in New Jersey, has been repeatedly attacked by the government for reopening his business with social distancing regulations in place.
Smith has kept meticulous records of all the customers who entered the gym – a number in the thousands. According to him, not a single infection was reported. That wasn’t enough for the Health Department.
They started by trying to fine him into oblivion. When that didn’t work, they arrested him and his business partner.
Smith says that he removed the doors to his gym and took up occupancy there, after the health department boarded them up.
He says: “My partner [Frank Trumbetti] and I have had the doors removed since Thursday and we had not left the building since,” Smith said. ” We had two weeks worth of clothing and we [were] prepared to stay inside at all cost but we did agree we would go peacefully if law enforcement came.”
Law enforcement did come – and Smith and Trumbetti went to jail.
What does it say about our society when you can attack a federal courthouse and go scot-free, but if you try to run your business you go to jail?
Ian Smith isn’t scared though.
“I’m not afraid of tyrants. No American should be,” Smith said. “We outnumber them greatly and the only thing that they run off of is fear.