THE Gun Story of 2005
In September, 2005, somebody gave law enforcement officers orders to confiscate legally owned firearms from New Orleans homeowners. Homeowners who had broken no laws, threatened no person, and who desperately needed those guns for self defense were the target of this confiscation edict. The big question that gun owners had pondered for years was finally answered. When given the order to seize weapons and trample on the US Constitution, many officers did not question the legality of the order. Instead, they willingly carried it out. Armed peace officers entered private homes like storm troopers, forced citizens to the floor, seized their only means of protection, and then loaded those defenseless citizens in military trucks for processing and shipment elsewhere. The unknown answer to the most fearful question was supplied to gun owners by the very actions of the officials involved. Undeniable actions yielded an undeniable answer. Yes, armed law enforcement officials will act on illegal orders from God knows where if the order is given a cloak of authority. Gun owners can no longer trust law enforcement to abide by the US Constitution over an illegal edict declared by rats who will later run and hide any trace of having given the order. Innocence was lost in New Orleans. Reality was seen.
Edwin Compass, disgraced NOLA police chief, has resigned. Compass was quoted as stating, "Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons." The rumors surrounding Compass' strange resignation were exposed graft, phantom officers, and a host of other shenanigans, but not a damned thing was said about crapping on the US Constitution.
Compass' second in command, Warren Riley, who now commands the NOLA police force as an interim commissioner, was quoted as saying "No one will be able to be armed. We are going to take all the weapons." Riley is still running the NOLA department. His stand against the US Constitution has not been questioned. His reward was promotion.
The source of the illegal gun confiscation order has been obscured. Not surprisingly, in documents filed in federal court in Baton Rouge, La., New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Police Chief Edwin Compass and St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain denied ordering the confiscation of firearms. Governor Kat Blanco is not widely suspected of giving the illegal order. The possibility of Blanco's involvement is covered up by a huge blanket of incompetence thoughout the entire disaster, and beyond.
The illegal confiscations of legally owned firearms, in the wake of the greatest natural disaster we have faced as a nation, have been ignored by the mainstream media. It has fallen off the radar on gun forums. Bloggers have let it be swept under the rug. Gun magazines write glowing reviews about the latest advertised firearm. Yesterday, at a gun counter in Louisiana, I heard doubts that these confiscations ever occured. When Bubba doesn't believe, we are all in trouble! The fact is, these acts DID happen, they were not isolated incidents, and when ordered to seize weapons from disaster victims, many police officers donned their body armor, fired up their tactical vehicles, and willingly obliged.
The United States District Court for the Eastern District in Louisiana agreed with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and issued a restraining order to bar further gun confiscations from peaceable and law-abiding citizens in New Orleans.
Attorneys have been hired to prosecute those involved.
Wayne LaPierre has vowed to make this issue the flagship issue in getting legislation passed to prevent this kind of constitutional desecration from occuring at any other time in the future.
Wayne LaPierre even gave gun owners a rallying cry....Remember New Orleans. He said, "With your help, the National Rifle Association is going to make sure it never happens again. We're going to go state-by-state and change every state law that has some type of emergency powers statute that allows authorities to regulate or confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens when an emergency is declared ...
The example of New Orleans is going to become the worst fear of those who want to ban guns in the good old U.S.A. Never again can the anti-gunners claim that honest citizens don't need firearms because the police and the government are going to be there to protect you ...
And we've got a good slogan that you're going to hear from one end of the country to the other. And that slogan is: Remember New Orleans ...
The next time anyone says to you: 'Are you just afraid or paranoid?' Look them straight in the eye and say: Remember New Orleans.
If they ask you, 'Why does anyone need to own a gun?' Remember New Orleans.
If they say to you, "Why does anyone need a high-capacity magazine?" Look them straight in the eye and say: Remember New Orleans.
What's wrong with a 15-day waiting period? Remember New Orleans.
What makes you think the government would ever confiscate your gun? Remember New Orleans.
Is the second amendment relevant in the 21st Century? Remember New Orleans.
That's our battle cry and let's never, ever let them forget it.”
It's shameful that many gun owners themselves, in four short months, have forgotten. It's disgraceful that some gun owners are actually in denial. It's time to kick your gun owning friends in the ass and get this damned mule train rolling again! The NRA cannot get legislation passed without our support. If we forget, our cause is lost.
These events could be the seminal force for greatest strides in gun owner rights in US history. Do not let the bastards take that possibility away from us! Do NOT forget New Orleans!
LaPierre's complete speech