It’s often asked…
of us gun types: at what point do you start shooting the bastards? The line typically drawn by us gun types is when they come to take our guns. Hence, from my cold dead hands. So, via everyone in the blogosphere it seems, comes this:
Waters were receding across this flood-beaten city today as police officers began confiscating weapons, including legally registered firearms [They register firearms in New Orleans? – Ed.], 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.
I would not disarm. As a reader said in an email:
I can imagine a very dangerous game of chicken being played out here. “I am a loyal American citizen. I have committed no crime. If you intend to kill me so that you may disarm me, go right ahead”.
The authorities would have to take them from my cold dead hands. Period. I have a line in the sand and this is it. Actually, I have several. If there was ever a time when some folks needed their arms, this was it. This is easily illustrated by the countless stories in the press of those using their arms to defend themselves.
It’s troubling to me that in a disaster/crisis, this is the response by the powers that be. Disarming good and otherwise law-abiding people in a time of need is unacceptable. So, is every future disaster going to result in disarming citizens?
Now, comes the best part. Like you and me, only better:
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 [I’m not sure they’re M-16s as those are heavily regulated. Anyone know if security firms are exempted from the NFA and FOPA? – Ed] 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.
So, the rich, famous, and probably NBC are exempted merely because they are the elite.
As Cam Edwards says:
Talk about class warfare. If you’re rich enough to hire someone to defend your property, you’re okay. If you’re not… you’re SOL.
But on Wednesday night, Guidos said, armed federal agents identifying themselves as U.S. marshals confiscated her weapons and ordered her and six friends to leave by noon Thursday.
“When you get 15 M-16s pointed at you and they line you up against the wall, it’s kind of scary,” said Guidos, 55.
That is scary. What’s scarier is I figure I’d have only been able to take three down with me.
The Geek links to a video.
Update: Meanwhile, armed Mexican troops are coming. I appreciate the help they are offering, of course, but there’s something eerily creepy about armed foreign troops on our soil while the powers that be disarm regular Joes.