In the preparation for Hurricane Irma, the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands has ordered a weapons seizure. But then he came out and said that he in no way said any such order… but at the same time he did. When the governor spoke to Tucker Carlson, it ended up confusing a lot of people. But in the order obtained by the Daily Caller, the governor actually did call for a weapons seizure. “The Adjutant General is authorized and directed to seize arms, ammunition, explosives, incendiary material…” is word for word what the order says. I don’t know about you, but that statement could not be clearer.
Wouldn’t we want to keep our weapons in a time where there are looters and violence? I would think people who own guns would agree with me. When there is an order calling for the seizure of weapons, citizens are quite literally being stripped of their protection.
For those of you that think this information sounds familiar, that’s because it is. New Orleans Mayor, Ray Nagin, signed a similar order allowing for the seizure of weapons. This was during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in 2005.
The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit in 2005, saying that this order violated 2nd Amendment rights. Which it does, clearly. “No one will be able to be armed, and guns will be taken. Only law enforcement will be able to have guns.” That coming from Superintendent of New Orleans, Eddie Compass. Yep, that sure sounds unconstitutional.
Outraged by this order, NRA Vice-President Wayne LaPierre, said this: “In many cases, it was from their homes [police entering and seizing weapons] at gunpoint. There were no receipts given or anything else at a time when there was no 911 response and these citizens were out there on their own protecting their families.” It’s rather hard to protect yourself and your loved ones when the police come in and forcibly take your guns, and pretend like it’s overall better for the community.”
This sounds like something the Democrats would love to see happen. Groups like Moms Demand and Mayors Against Illegal Guns would enjoy seeing people stripped of their weapons.
A few weeks after the New Orleans mayor decided to take law-abiding citizens’ guns away, the NRA filed suit against the state. The NRA saw victory when an order was temporarily granted by a judge that barred the state from further confiscations. It took a long time for weapons to be returned to their owners, as the state wanted proof of who the weapons belonged to. However, in 2008, the NRA and New Orleans agreed to allow gun owners to get back their weapons without documented proof of ownership. Many residents did not have proof due to effects of the hurricane.
Congress passed an act saying that weapons cannot be seized in the event of an emergency in 2006.
Now, the NRA is threatening to file a lawsuit in the hopes of halting the US Virgin Islands “dangerous and unconstitutional order.” Following this news, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight and utterly slammed the US Virgin Islands order. Dana mentioned that 2A advocates just want to protect themselves at a time when EMS and police are “overwhelmed with search and rescue missions of their own.”
Both Tucker and Dana said that people should be concerned by the idea of a state using the guise of an emergency to seize weapons. As Dana said, “You can’t be paranoid over something that has actually already happened.” At a time like this, we all need to help and defend our right to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our properties.
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