Thursday, March 02, 2006

Ray Nagin Confiscated Guns in N.O., Can it Happen to You?

I’ve just been reminded that Ray Nagin, Mayor of the City of New Orleans, is still in contempt of a temporary restraining order handed down by a judge Sept. 12, 2005 ordering an end to all illegal gun confiscations in that city in the aftermath of Katrina.

According to the legal order, the City of New Orleans must rescind its order to confiscate citizens' guns and return those which were confiscated. Apparently, the mayor and the city have not done either.

I don’t know the specifics of the restraining order, but it shook me a bit when remembering that Ray Nagin called for the confiscation of firearms from all residents during all the rioting, looting and murderous shooting going on in the anarchy following the hurricane.

No cops, no firemen, no military, no law and no order. (A fast-selling t-shirt at this years Mardi Gras had the initials for the New Orleans Police Department – N.O.P.D. – with the caption, “Not Our Problem Dude”). This is precisely when citizens need their tools to be able to protect themselves. I was stunned to see the knee-jerk reaction by an American politician and police chief. Were you as dismayed as I watching the cop slam the elderly woman in her kitchen as he attempted to take her revolver?

The fall out for you and me?

I think you are going to have to count on the strong possibility of a public confiscation of your self-defense firearms during the time when you are most vulnerable.


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