Sunday, September 11, 2005

Pro-Gun Legislators Take Heed

I live in Michigan, where we have a "firearms safety inspection" program. Those three words are, of course, a completely false label. There is rarely any type of inspection done and most of the clerks who look at the firearms barely know one end from the other.

The end result, though, is the firearm is registered with the state police and that record is a forever issue in a State database. Until now, I found it offensive that such a database existed. That's all - just "offensive."

As of today, it scares the hell out of me.

"Waters were receding across this flood-beaten city today as police officers began confiscating weapons, including legally registered firearms, from civilians in preparation for a mass forced evacuation of the residents still living here. No civilians in New Orleans will be allowed to carry pistols, shotguns or other firearms, said P. Edwin Compass III, the superintendent of police. "Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons," he said. But that order apparently does not apply to hundreds of security guards hired by businesses and some wealthy individuals to protect property. The guards, employees of private security companies like Blackwater, openly carry M-16's and other assault rifles. Mr. Compass said that he was aware of the private guards, but that the police had no plans to make them give up their weapons."

How can anyone justify doing this? How can any government take away the only means of self defense left to human beings stricken by an already horrendous disaster? What about the Second Amendment? What about Louisiana's own Constitution?

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.

They are confiscating legal guns, knocking down old women in their own kitchens to drag their legally owned firearms out of their hands.

Arguella joined a few refugees who sat around a folding table set up under a plastic canopy next door. On the table among the soda cans was a rifle, just in case. In the old cemetery nearby, grave robbers have been picking clean unearthed skeletons.

The authorities cannot stop looters, and in fact, are among those who have been looting, cannot stop grave robbers, for God's sake, and they want to take away legally owned firearms?

By what authority? Certainly there is no moral justification for doing so and I have yet to hear any legal justification.

Is this really what we have a National Guard for?

National Guardsman:
"You don't want to think about the stuff you're going to have to do if somebody pops around the corner"

"You mean shoot an American?"

National Guard:

I am sickened. Michigan Lawmakers, take two steps now. End the so-called safety inspection now and immediately begin finding some kind of way to protect our citizens from a government gone mad.