A Yahoo group I'm in has had gun control come up. One member states: I don't even like the phrase, "legal guns" OR "registered guns", as both allow for the government to not only dictate what kinds of guns citizens are allowed to possess but creates a registry whereby they can come knocking on your door to take your guns away when you need them most. (New Orleans and Katrina is a prime example) so YES they will take your "legal, registered guns", and did so leaving many people at the mercy of thugs who did, in fact, rob, beat and very possibly kill some of those who were forced to give up their guns.
Anybody know anything about this?
P.S. Between work and a We Are One rally I probably won't be back until Tuesday.
1. In katrina, I do not believe there was a registry in NoLa... but they did illegally confiscate guns.
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 08:00 AM by OneTenthofOnePercent
In some instances, they went through neighborhoods and in others they searched and siezed guns from people. But I do not believe there were even registries in existance to reference in new orleans (or louisiana). Few cities or states require registring friearms - even with a person permitted to carry firearms in public, often the firearms themselves are not even registered. Heck, there alot of states that allow firearms to be carried fashion even without a permit.
Now there have been other istances of firearm registired used to confiscate firearms. In california for example, there was registration. One day, california decided to make SKS carbine rifles illegal (ban them). They pulled up registry records and litterally went door to door informing people who had those types of rifles to turn them in by a certain date. It was pretty easy... they had names and addresses of people with those guns. There are other instances, not just in america, where regiatries were used as confiscation lists. United Kingdon, Canada, Austrailia, etc...
There is a rich history of registries being used for confiscaton. So when people take an position against registration and cite such concerns - thier postition certainly has some merit and evidenc to back it up. As to your original query, regarding NOLA, I don't believe there were "lists of firearms" to be confiscated... they just went out rounding them up. I may be wrong about that though.
Most of what we were seeing reported was total over-excited media bunk.
There were certainly some instances of people who stayed behind, defending their property, but no widespread looting. Calling in my co-worker as a Washington National Guard member was probably unncessary. (I live in Wa, so no idea what you are getting at about 'parading around with my gun')
Most of the actual evidence of violence I have seen was initiated by the police against civilians of all kinds, but primarily against black civilians.
Katrina/NOLA was giant SNAFU. Military Heli's ordered to overfly people on rooftops, police looting stores, infamous pic of 1200 fllooded buses still parked, no courageous leadership, and no help coming. Until Gen. Russell Honore got there. A big FU to Bush, Nagin, and Blanco - the 3 Stooges of Katrina.
"Not sure thugs were killing folks -- but I'm sure that story goes over with the right wing, Tbagger types who typically champion guns."
Let's see, "...the existence of thugs in uniform is a myth I suppose?"
Seems like they did more than just turn refugees back. You must love the testimony of one New Orleans cop where he said they divided up the nice guns among themselves and threw the one no one wanted in the river.
26. I was there, and the looting was absolutely as bad as your so called "bigots" suggested.
You were not there, so please refrain from pontificating on what desperate people may or may not do during an extended state of emergency, especially when they feel that the government and authorities have not only abandoned them, but were actively working against them. The value of whatever property you have left is magnified a thousand fold because of the magnitude of you loss.
14. If the government has a list of items registered to private citizens and that item is made illegal
Then the government is liable and responsible for confiscating said object.
Knowing this and also knowing that gun bans are useless without confiscation results in any attempt at a registration scheme being actually a setup for gun bans and confiscation.
As for police investigations, we have a more effective system of no official registration yet police can often trace a firearm especially if the perp doesn't know the gun is being traced. An official registration system would result in forced preparation of documents that would be used to prosecute you in the future if you commit a crime, which would be self witness, a violation of the 5th rendering the gun registration system as useless for fighting crime and as only a tool for gun confiscation for a government that is planning to ban guns later on.
The point is that any state government that has a gun registration system has a long term goal of banning and confiscating guns. California has already used their registration system to confiscate guns.
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