L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 337, September 18, 2005
"Prison Time For Gun Confiscators!"
Gun Grab Gambit Goes Great in New Orleans
Exclusive to TLE
Survivors of hurricane and flood in New Orleans are now getting some real surprise treatment from their Uncle Sam. New Orleans residents are discovering they have been stripped of their Constitutional liberties and no longer have Second Amendment rights. Police and government agents are busy confiscating legally owned guns.
On September 8, 2005, the New York Times reported that, "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.
The "American Heritage Dictionary," defines "confiscate" as a transitive
verb which means:
Confiscate, when used as an adjective means:
In other words, "confiscation" means losing possession of your firearms without remuneration or any possibility that your guns will be returned. The goods seized, in this case your valuable firearms, are now the possession of BATF agents, or National Guardsmen, or may find their way into the gun cabinet of the police-person that took them from you. They are gone, taken away by fiat decree, along with the Bill of Rights.
Legally owned firearms, the ownership of which is protected by the Second Amendment everywhere else in the United States, are forfeit as contraband in New Orleans.
P. Edwin Compass, (The "P." likely an abbreviation for either "Poltroon" or "'Pee' on the Constitution"), the superintendent of police quoted above, explains the new government policy succinctly when he stated, "Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons." The rest of us, it appears, are just peons and peasants. (see: footnote below)
With the federal government going door-to-door collecting privately owned firearms, many folks fear this is an open door to a new national gun confiscation policy.
Alex Jones, of "Infowars.com" writes:
Jones continues, claiming that disarmament of citizens has been a long-standing goal of the federal government:
Jones then makes the following comments that could well reflect the fears and worries of many gun owning Americans:
Gun Owners of America has expressed similar concerns about the New Orleans gun confiscations. In G.O.A.'s latest mailing list alert sent on September 9, 2005, we read:
Even the NRA, usually slow to respond to articles negative of Bush administration policies, (it wasn't that many years ago that G.W. Bush Senior resigned his NRA membership over comments critical of federal "jackbooted thugs"), includes a link to the New Orleans gun confiscation story in their, "In the News" section:
Meanwhile, Alex Jones thinks New Orleans is setting the stage for more anti-gun action in the near future:
I wish I could say that I think Alex Jones is wrong, but there is certainly nothing in current events to disprove what he is saying. First, they take your guns, and then off you go to a FEMA camp, which according to news reports should more accurately be called, "detention centers."
As Lenny Bruce wryly observed some forty years ago, there is no layoff in the police departments or federal bureaucracies, and thus they need to keep finding more and more reasons to increase their budgets and keep their jobs; they've got to find more and more "enemies of the state" to justify their existence. Being an enemy of the state now includes being a gun owner, but if current trends hold, you may not be one for long.