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Tuesday, September 13, 2005


The Awful Choice

What do you do when a police officer breaks into your home (without a warrant) and demands that you give him your guns? You have two choices, meekly hand them over or die where you stand. What do you do?

It would appear that most people in New Orleans took option A, and I can't say that I blame them. I only hope that seeing the top-down insanity of the 'leadership' in La. prompts state and local governments around the country to clarify, beforehand, exactly what they can, and cannot do in the fact of a major disaster.

For what it's worth, here is yet another article on the illegality of mass gun confiscation in La:

Defenseless On the Bayou
The aftermath of the hurricane has featured prominent stories of citizens legitimately defending lives and property. New Orleans lies on the north side of the Mississippi River, and the city of Algiers is on the south. The Times-Picayune detailed how dozens of neighbors in one part of Algiers had formed a militia. After a car-jacking and an attack on a home by looters, the neighborhood recognized the need for a common defense; they shared firearms, took turns on patrol, and guarded the elderly. Although the initial looting had resulted in a gun battle, once the patrols began, the militia never had to fire a shot. Likewise, the Garden District of New Orleans, one of the city's top tourist attractions, was protected by armed residents.

The good gun-owning citizens of New Orleans and the surrounding areas ought to be thanked for helping to save some of their city after Mayor Nagin, incoherent and weeping, had fled to Baton Rouge. Yet instead these citizens are being victimized by a new round of home invasions and looting, these ones government-organized, for the purpose of firearms confiscation.
Louisiana statutory law does allow some restrictions on firearms during extraordinary conditions. One statute says that after the Governor proclaims a state of emergency (as Governor Blanco has done), "the chief law enforcement officer of the political subdivision affected by the proclamation may...promulgate orders...regulating and controlling the possession, storage, display, sale, transport and use of firearms, other dangerous weapons and ammunition."

But the statute does not, and could not, supersede the Louisiana Constitution, which declares that "The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged, but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to prohibit the carrying of weapons concealed on the person."
Last week, we saw an awful truth in New Orleans: A disaster can bring out predators ready to loot, rampage, and pillage the moment that they have the opportunity. Now we are seeing another awful truth: There is no shortage of police officers and National Guardsmen who will obey illegal orders to threaten peaceful citizens at gunpoint and confiscate their firearms.
There absolutely must be criminal prosecutions of both those who gave the orders to confiscate guns and those who actually carried them out. I don't want to hear any whining about the Guardsmen being 'young' or 'just kids doing their jobs'. That's crap. Each adult must be responsible for his/her own actions. The stakes here are far too great. If we fail to demand that all citizens follow the law (and not illegal orders) then we might as well just pack up this 200-year old experiment and go find some place else to live.

Any government that so blatantly abridges citizens' Natural Rights (especially that of Self Defense) is already well on its way to the dustbin of history. I pray that we can turn the tide and get back to the Freedoms and Rights that have allowed our forebears to make this country great.


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