Originally Posted By KBaker:
Slow off the dime, but not a bad statement.
Disaster Can't Destroy Gun Rights
Monday, September 12, 2005
National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre slammed New Orleans authorities Monday for seizing legal firearms from lawful residents.
"What we’ve seen in Louisiana - the breakdown of law and order in the aftermath of disaster - is exactly the kind of situation where the Second Amendment was intended to allow citizens to protect themselves, " LaPierre said.
"When law enforcement isn’t available, Americans turn to the one right that protects all the others - the right to keep and bear arms," LaPierre said. "This attempt to repeal the Second Amendment should be condemned."
The New York Times reported last Thursday that no civilians in New Orleans will be allowed to have guns, quoting the superintendent of police that "only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons."
A Louisiana state statute allows the chief law enforcement officer to "regulate possession" of firearms during declared emergencies. "But regulate doesn’t mean confiscate," said Chris W. Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist.
"Authorities are using that statute to do what the looters and criminals could not: disarm the law-abiding citizens of New Orleans trying to protect their homes and families," Cox said.
"The NRA will not stand idly by while guns are confiscated from law-abiding people who’re trying to defend themselves," he said.
"We’re exploring every legal option available to protect the rights of lawful people in New Orleans," Cox said, "and we’re taking steps to overturn such laws in every state where they exist."
"Local authorities in New Orleans are turning nature’s assault on human life into man’s assault on human rights," LaPierre said. "Four million NRA members intend to stop this unconstitutional power grab."
This statement is not only right and correct in every sense of the word but this type of activity,disarming and relocation of honest and law abiding citizens should not be tollorated legally or morally at any time.Removal of survivors in any disaster manmade or not should only be accomplished on the condition that a bonafide health risk is emminent to the public or for the saftey of incapacitated individuals.Not all areas of New Orleans or it's residents fall into this catagory.Residents chosing to leave of their own free will should be treated as truamatized victims,with dignity and respect not as many were handled.It appears that some of the brutal procedures that the authorities subjected law abiding and taxpaying americans to should in no way go unchecked.In the months and years ahead there will be survivors and consciencious participants,meaning everyone who is now or at any time worked in or around New Orleans Louisiana during this crisis, especially in the early stages, at any level or in any position who witnessed uncalled for or otherwise unlawfull excessive type behavior,should have the obligation as a defender of their own freedom and a sense of duty to their own communities and families, tell their accounts of anyone who used exessive force and met out illegal type behavior against law abiding citizenry in a court of law monitored by a jury of their peers. If and when legal remedy is not available, the regestered voters of this country should and have the obligation to put into power those who would swear by oath and conscience, evidenced by their prior record of service never to tolorate such activity again at least not during the tenure of their held offices.