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Michigan Dollar Store Security Guard Shot, Killed Over Order To Wear Mask

Yes, you read that correctly: A store security guard was shot after telling someone they cannot shop the store without a mask. This article is going to be a mashup of sorts — part news, part opinion shaken, not stirred — as the world around us melts due to the pajama party known simply as coronavirus.

A Family Dollar security guard named Calvin Munerlyn, 43, died at the hospital after being shot by an armed felon. This story is tragic and shows just how dangerous it can be to force people to wear something, even if for their own, or other's, protection.

I believe it's unConstitutional to force people who aren't sick to wear facial coverings, but we'll get to that in just a moment.

There was an initial altercation in which Munerlyn and the customer argued about wearing the mask, causing the customer to not be served. The angry customer left and returned 20 minutes later with two men who claimed the guard disrespected the customer. At least one of them was an armed felon who is now being charged with premeditated murder and several other charges.

I won't even touch on the felon having a gun because, technically, he shouldn't have one to begin with as a felon, which is testimony to what we've been saying all along. Criminals will always be able to get guns.

On one hand, you have a guy hired as a security guard trying to survive in this crazy world. I didn't know this man, but can assume he was trying to be a functional part of society working as a security guard.

He enforced the Michigan governor's executive order that everyone in a retail establishment must wear a facial covering — right or wrong, he was doing what he thought to be right. (Though my opinion alone and not necessarily anyone else's at the company, I'm taking the stance that such orders are tyrannical in nature.)

Even if he didn't go about it the right way, which I wasn't there and cannot comment either way, I'm sure he didn't wake up thinking he'd get shot in the head that day for doing what he thought was the right thing.

Then, on the other hand, we have the stupidity of forcing Americans, a free people and even those who are not sick, to wear facial coverings that are proven to be ineffective at stopping the coronavirus. You MUST STAY HOME, UNLESS YOU WEAR AN INEFFECTIVE MASK. THEN, AND ONLY THEN, MAY YOU LEAVE THE CONFINES OF YOUR HOUSE!!!

We have to ask ourselves, at what point does this whole COVID-19 thing with the lockdowns and forced masks become un-Constitutional? Personally speaking, I think we're already there.

We've been here for a while. I really hope this thing lets up soon, because incidents like this will continue to happen. And then what happens? Look at all the evil gun owners shooting people (even though they're felons who shouldn't have guns) they can't have guns! Take them away!

I'll leave this thought on a meme I saw recently because of this whole COVID-19 thing. I don't remember the first time I saw it, but it was on one of the social media platforms I frequent. It is true, and goes like this:

Finally, while the felon who pulled the trigger is certainly guilty, I can't help but wonder if the governor of Michigan should share some of the responsibility. Seems obvious to me. I wonder if the death of this man is on the governor's mind? Was his life worth it?

Please leave your thoughts on this in the comments below.

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38 Responses to Michigan Dollar Store Security Guard Shot, Killed Over Order To Wear Mask

  1. David Mangum May 6, 2020 at 3:14 pm #

    Your logic is flawed, You can carry and pass the virus for weeks before showing symptoms, as far as masks being ineffective, then why do doctors and nurses wear them, if you wear the mask, whether to keep your virus to yourself or to keep from getting it somewhere while in public, It’s a half hour sacrifice a week to get your groceries wear the damn mask and open everything up.It’s the people not wearing the mask that keep spreading the virus, Duh.

    • Jeff Mendelson May 6, 2020 at 4:06 pm #

      NEVER wear a cloth mask. Virus particles go right through it. When they meet your warm, moist breath they are in an ideal environment to multiply. Even masks rated N95 are not perfect. Wearing a mask incorrectly does not help either. What do I know?? 41 years as a Respiratory Care Practitioner.

      • Douglas Anderson May 6, 2020 at 10:45 pm #

        Virus do not multiply. They have to insert their rNA into your cells then your cells transcribe the virus rNA and make more viruses.

    • Joe Jackson May 6, 2020 at 4:09 pm #

      David Mangum, I agree with you 100%, there’s no proof positive that they don’t work, so if you’re going out what’s the big deal about wearing them and allowing everyone respect and piece of mind… Not like your going to be in it for mass periods of time anyway…

    • Don May 6, 2020 at 4:32 pm #

      Only if your wearing the same masks that the doctors and nurses are wearing. Try to find them. If your wearing a homemade mask they are proven to be only 2 percent effective.and once you wear it, it should be washed again. So you are just as well to just keep your distance. As far as carrying the virus, I think China lied about this long before we heard about it in January. I think people have been walking around with this months before we found out about it.

    • Alan Serjeant May 6, 2020 at 6:45 pm #

      How do we build immunity if we are not exposed to the virus ?

      • Road tramp May 11, 2020 at 7:48 pm #

        For all you sheep that only listen to half the bullshit put out by States please note the CDC said masks DO NOT WORK. It’s a flu. Yes different strain but if you’re healthy you will get over it. OH stupid me most Americans are fat and lazy

    • 2aPatriot May 6, 2020 at 7:27 pm #

      “Then, on the other hand, we have the stupidity of forcing Americans, a free people and even those who are not sick, to wear facial coverings that are proven to be ineffective at stopping the coronavirus. You MUST STAY HOME, UNLESS YOU WEAR AN INEFFECTIVE MASK. THEN, AND ONLY THEN, MAY YOU LEAVE THE CONFINES OF YOUR HOUSE!!!”

      Joshua, I believe that doctors, nurses and other caregivers who work in those risky environments [like hospitals] wear the masks, eye protection and gloves to protect their patients from the doctors and nurses from spreading the ChiCom WuFlu to them. 100% effective, of course not; but better than nothing, AND THE PPEs ARE THE BEST WE HAVE FOR NOW.

      Medical professionals are 1,000s of times more likely to contract the CCP WuFlu in the midst of a Pandemic; because of their daily immersion in the WuFlu hotspots. They could be asymptomatic carriers and spreaders of CV19 to the sick and vulnerable in their care.

      THAT IS WHY MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WEAR THE MASKS AND OTHER PPEs. As David said above: “WEAR THE DAMN MASKS!” That includes YOU, Joshua!

    • Mark Sweeney May 10, 2020 at 5:54 pm #

      Where people come up with reasons for the virus is ridiculous. It’s all about life just like anything else in this world viruses earthquakes tsunami hurricanes it’s part of being alive living on a planet that is alive. stop blaming people for these things it’s called nature. Some idiot shot the guy people shouldnt be forced to do things for every little thing that comes along, there’s too many laws already. Everyone will die eventually.and people are going to be born.
      Nature live with it.

  2. Gordon Thomas May 6, 2020 at 3:16 pm #

    I think this issue distracts from a point that no one is discussing; the coronavirus is obviously God’s punishment on Trump for his sins and crimes. He himself recognizes this when he claims its purpose is to mess with his election.

    • Allen Lough May 6, 2020 at 5:12 pm #

      You are correct. It is God’s punishment, but not for President Trump. It is for the murder of babies, the removal of God from public schools, the atheistic communists in the Democratic Party, and the general national rejection of Jesus Christ!

    • Larry Robertsb May 6, 2020 at 11:21 pm #

      Trump is president of the united States of America not China.

    • Peter Johnson May 7, 2020 at 2:21 am #

      Keep it real, Mr. Lough, and Mr. Thomas, and blow it out your nose. (I was being polite regarding your anatomical focus)
      NOBODY is saying it is God’s wrath being visited upon ANYONE.
      You demotards just have to find a way o put yourselves on a pedestal.
      May the fleas of a thousand infected rats infest your orifices.

  3. carol May 6, 2020 at 3:18 pm #

    I agree completely with what you are saying, we are losing our rights as Free American citizens and allowing it to happen without complaining. It simply amazes me that so many people are buying into this mask thing when there is no proof that they even work and if they do, why cannot everyone go back to work wearing a mask. Power hungry govenors are testing the waters to see how far they can go with people. We had better stand up for what’s right, or we risk losing our God given freedoms.

  4. Brian Joyce May 6, 2020 at 3:25 pm #

    You can be a carrier of the virus for up to two weeks without showing symptoms. It is not tyranny to prevent the spread of a life threatening pathogen. Family Dollar can set the standard for those who wish to do business in its business . They are setting a safety standard for the general good.

  5. Mike May 6, 2020 at 3:40 pm #

    The Governor’s executive order is stupid and unconstitutional. I hope everyone has the courage to vote out someone who makes decisions like that ….today! But as history shows Americans talk a good game and to nothing to help themselves. I don’t see any connection between the acts of a murderous fool and the order. That person would have killed someone for any reason. I am sorry for the security guard I hope his family is taken care of by the store that employed him. I’ll wait to see what reaction those in your state have but I won’t hold my breath for any meaningful protests

    • George Rhodes May 6, 2020 at 5:47 pm #

      Gordon, you made the statement that the virus is GOD’S PUNISHMENT, for Trumps sins!!! REALLY so you would probably want Hillary Clinton or that Black Homosexual back in office…. you are obviously delusional, and beive everything that you hear on the news.People who think like you are a worst Plague than the Corona Virus. George Soros, Pelosi, Schumer what a bunch of Socialist trash, you should all be deported and blocked from ever coming bak to this blessed country of ours.Quite being a sheeple who doesn’t know what the true facts are..I’ll bet you’re waiting on your stimulas check with open hands. People like you really disgust me. ???

      • G.O.Worrell May 7, 2020 at 5:47 am #

        You my friend is an idiot as is Gearge. The statement you reply back makes you look more ff an communist. The reason why I say this is because if someone don’t agree with your beliefs they must be deported. Where did you come from? Your family is sure not Original here. Only Communist can’t respect anyone opinions.

  6. Ray Reeves May 6, 2020 at 3:42 pm #

    We didn’t lose our rights, we gave them away.

  7. Bill Simpson May 6, 2020 at 3:56 pm #

    If guard at hospital stops you from entering with cigarette, or a grocery store requires you to put on a sirt or shoes, are any of these an infringement of a free person? No, you are free to choose not to enter these establishments. Their businesses, their rules. Even when a government’s orders are no longer in effect, if a business FREELY chooses to requre masks to enter and shop, that is THEIR freedom. You are free to move along to somewhere that suits your tastes in safety. When prices drop, I’ll be looking for a helmet respirator that will ACTUALLY protect me from the rest of you filthy animals. Until then, let’s protect everyones’ freedoms.

  8. John Degand May 6, 2020 at 4:10 pm #

    You are correct, our Government, be it local, state, or Federal is in many ways becoming more tyrannical by the day. It is no longer a Government of the People, but a Government of tyrannical bureaucratese.

  9. Peter May 6, 2020 at 4:17 pm #

    Wearing a mask and social distancing and staying at home won’t end this pandemic. Getting people out of their houses and exposed to the disease will eventually end it by the people who are susceptible getting and either getting better or dying. We have been dealing with pandemic disease for thousands of years and this is the path of them whether we like it or not.

    This man should not have been shot!! That was murder most foul and the murder arrested as he and the pack he ran with should have been.

    A bigger issue for the community of gun owners however is being ignored and will have much greater ramifications for us as we struggle to maintain the right to keep and bear arms. I would love to see the gun community come down on the proper side of the issue but I have my doubts that it will because in the past it hasn’t.

    If you have received training on the four mental conditions you are familiar with condition white which is where you are paying no attention to the world around you and are completely vulnerable. You should only be in this condition in the safest of places, i.e. you home. Condition yellow where you are alert and observing what is going on, marking exits, cover, concealment, escape routes, who is around you and how they are behaving. Condition orange something is happening that is of concern and you are observing and or exiting the area to avoid a potential issue. Condition red where you move to fight or flight because there are no other options. We all have been or should be trained in these steps.

    Recently in Georgia, south of Savannah a young man was jogging through a neighborhood when two men saw him and decided he might be a burglary suspect. They went into their home retrieved there weapons confronted the man who continued to jog and then set up a road block. One of the men exited the vehicle and pointed a shotgun at the jogger who had in no way started the encounter but responded to the unprovoked attack at which time the man holding the shotgun fired a total of three times killing the jogger.

    The men who pursued the jogger had no proof of a crime being committed, had no legal authority as police officers to detain a suspect or question a fellow citizen regarding anything he did. They were not empowered to do so. You cannot claim self defense if you start the altercation as another article on this site recently mentioned. These men were in condition yellow, moved to condition orange with no threat involved and wound up in condition red because they assaulted a passerby by pointing a gun at him. These men murdered this man more than a month ago and have not yet been charged with a crime. This violates everything the gun community says it believes in. We have guns for self defense and defense of the innocent not for the pursuit and apprehension of suspected thieves.

    I would ask the community to look into this and strongly condemn this behavior as antithetical to our ideals of self defense. Thank you.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/georgia-district-attorney-vows-bring-shooting-unarmed-black-man-grand-n1200501?fbclid=IwAR0dC5FnBwdJlzIftekr76vIFV-eZl5E3J7MACcAMPqGx-lregc8Ykh0E_4

  10. Gene Saldana May 6, 2020 at 4:28 pm #

    That’s the problem with people now these days. They think they can take the law in under there own hands. I feel for the family of that security guard. What if that guard was a off duty police officer working a second job to provide for his family. Think about that. I support lawinforcement and any one that has the courage to wear a badge. Think on that.

  11. Robert May 6, 2020 at 4:30 pm #

    Joshua,
    Be careful when trying to steer fault to others. Asking if the governor of Michigan should share some of the responsibility is a wrong approach, in my opinion. I vote for gun rights. Does this make me culpable for the crime because I am a proponent for legally owned firearms? The felon acted alone and is solely responsible for his actions. No matter the circumstances or order in affect.

  12. Larry Young May 6, 2020 at 4:54 pm #

    Can the government make me wear pants? Is it unconstitutional or taking away my rights if I can’t shop in a store without pants on? I mean, where does it end? First it’s pants, then shirts, then shoes. The government is forcing me, a free citizen, to put on clothes in order to go out in public.

    And how dare you take advantage of this tragedy to stand on a soap box ranting your flawed logic.

    Mandates on personal protection are no more unconstitutional than requiring people to be clothed in public.

  13. Robert May 6, 2020 at 4:57 pm #

    People are not getting this worked up over the flu which kills thousands yearly but just because some goober smooch on the news is all in a panic we gotta Wear masks this doesn’t make sense just my two cents

  14. David Ward May 6, 2020 at 5:03 pm #

    Not only is your logic flawed, but you make several false or inaccurate statements.

    1) Quarantine has nothing to do with being sick (“a restraint upon the activities or communication of persons or the transport of goods designed to prevent the spread of disease or pests”). A crate of oranges quarantined and later released weren’t sick and got better. They were never infected in the first place. Once determined safe, they were released.

    2) I do not believe you need a mask when in open spaces and sufficiently distanced from others. However, insisting that people wear masks in buildings or places of buildings is not a violations of anyone’s rights. If i am an idiot that does not wish to comply with rules in force for that business, I have free will not to remain on the premises. I do not like taking my shoes off when I go to someone’s home. But its their house. If that’s what they want I can either comply or leave. When I was 20 I was just that kind of jerk. Then I grew up.

    3) Who knows if they are sick? You only know if you have symptoms. When I was much younger I had 2 girl friends who had children they were not supposed to have. Their physicians had assured them that they could not have children. Their kids were great because they had great moms, but they were not expected. Point is better safe than sorry. You don’t have the right to possibly expose me to something because YOU (who is not a doctor or a testing lab) believe you are not sick. How selfish. Problem is when you live in a civilized society, sometimes its NOT all about you. Sometimes its about other people.

    Its 80 degrees outside. Why do I have to wear pants outside? My rights are being violated. I should be able to drive 100mph on the interstate while I’m drunk. I do it all the time and I never hit anybody. Shouldn’t I be able to do that? What a bunch of stupid, unconstitutional traffic safety laws. Right?

    What does any of this have to do with legally carrying firearm?

  15. David Guthrie May 6, 2020 at 5:03 pm #

    where is wearing a mask unconstitutional??? Have any of you actually read the constitution? State of emergency which is what the whole country is operating under right now gives the governments the right to do a lot of things up to and including martial law… Why is it so hard to wear a mask and if not protect yourself then everyone else? Is that really a problem? I learned to follow rules in kindergarten I guess everyone else was sick that day

  16. John May 6, 2020 at 5:04 pm #

    Regarding masks: tests are showing that up to 86% of the people walking around having tested ‘positive’ didn’t know they had it. Secondly, as the number of ‘tested’ go up we are finding that the sickness and death rates drop dramatically. We are into the 0.00… rates, and if you go by US population v deaths it is 0.00001+%.
    As far as “God’s punishment…” I think all those individuals need to consider President Trump’s support of God’s Word (he and VP Pence-and some staff- pray together regularly) and consider the political desires and desire for power that the communist dictators have all had – from Krueschev pounding his shoe at the UN to Xi Jinping sending faulty masks and respirators to countries suffering with this virus. Finally, President Trump is the leader of the United States, and this is world-wide… did everyone else’s leaders offend God, too?

  17. Andrew Johnson May 6, 2020 at 5:19 pm #

    Chill people. We need to work together in love and use common sense. The virus will lose out in the face of a united American front. Some wear masks, some object and don’t – divided we fall.

  18. John Patrick May 6, 2020 at 5:52 pm #

    I am amazed that so many are forgetting one thing. A Gentleman doing his job lost his life. He was doing as he was ordered. Compare it to a police officer or someone in the service. You follow orders and that is what he was doing. If you start trying to decide which orders to follow and which ones you don’t, then all hell really will break loose on that end. God Bless him and his family.

  19. Kathleen Kesinger May 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm #

    Why don’t we have all those who have compromised immune systems or are afraid they might get the virus stay home, and let the rest go to work and keep the economy going, so that we can have food, water, electricity, etc for ALL – even those who are sick and staying home. IF we allow the economy to go down the tubes because of fear of getting sick, we ALL will suffer. We have a different flu every year, and there is always the chance of getting it. People die from one or another flu every year.

  20. Tim May 6, 2020 at 6:37 pm #

    Those of you who do not want to wear masks are probably the same people who don’t cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, or wash your hands after using the restroom. Stop being selfish and inconsiderate of other people around you. This is the true problem with our society, lack of respect for others and yourself. Wear the damn mask!!!!

  21. Larry Young May 6, 2020 at 9:36 pm #

    How can something be unconstitutional if there is nothing covering the subject in the constitution. I see people everyday saying something is unconstitutional just because they don’t agree with it. Better check the actual document, everything that people don’t agree with is not included in the constitution. If you don’t agree with something then don’t do it. Don’t force others to agree with your views. If your are going out in public, then you should protect not only yourself but others that you may come in contact with. I believe I read in one of the other comments, if you are going in a business where someone else is, then think about how your actions may interfere with someone else. As a business owner, you have an obligation to protect your customers. Yes, I agree that we do have personal freedoms, but we also have an obligation not to spread this virus around.. A person can be a carrier and not show any symptoms at all. Just think about someone else for a change and not just yourself.

  22. Robert May 7, 2020 at 12:11 am #

    It patently frightens me that people are bringing up civil liberties issues, when a man died…

    Some men felt “disrespected,” because a business, as is there right, chose to say who could do business there.

    I am still not understanding what part of requiring face masks is unconstitutional. I am not familiar with any amendments along that line as well.

    At least where I grew up, there were “no shoes, no shirts, no service” posters on the doors to most stores.

    Rarely had to be enforced, as anyone that didn’t follow the rules was either a hobo or mentally slow.

  23. Ronald Lowe May 7, 2020 at 4:12 am #

    Tim I think you’re absolutely right!… not only did that man lose his life for nothing people have been drawn off of the subject of what we are going through in this country right now… I think that this pandemic is going to kill a lot more people before it’s done… And the thing that Drew our minds away from the subject is POLITRCKS… we’ve alreadyl lost more eople to this pandemic than we did in Vietnam… God forbid that these people who are protesting wearing masks or staying home when they don’t need to be out I wonder how they would act if they got this disease and suffer the way a lot of people snd their families have suffered because of this disease

  24. Bill May 7, 2020 at 1:14 pm #

    Joshua has not done his homework on tyranny. No one was forced to do anything in this case — no fines and no imprisonment, etc. There were options. I ask if slavery was tyrannical for about 250-years where human beings were beaten, sold, and forced to work for free. Oh yes, our moron president just FORCED free American citizens to go back to work in meat processing plants where employees are dropping like flies due to covid-19. Screw their rights. I’m not anti-gun either, being an NRA and Fed. firearms instructor for 30-yrs.

  25. Darrel Schrock May 7, 2020 at 9:54 pm #

    Josh made the statement that he “believes it’s unConstitutional to force people who aren’t sick to wear facial coverings”, which was a mandate from the governor (Josh also stated this farther down the article). He obviously has documentation that supports that claim. I’m asking him to please share that information with his readers.

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