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Forcible gun confiscation in New Orleans?

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I've been following the blog of a vet who's been keeping his Internet hosting business up and running from the 11th floor of a New Orleans building through the hurricane and the aftermath. http://www.livejournal.com/users/interdictor/

There are two posts from last night and this morning, but haven't found much other information:

Thursday, September 8th, 2005
10:15 pm

"...I've heard about the gun confiscations going on, but I cannot confirm that it's happening. If you have confirmation that law enforcement or military personnel are confiscating lawfully owned weapons, please post it in the comments. We unloaded and packed up our weapons a few days ago when the police and military completely secured the CBD. Don't expect us to put up a fight if they come for our guns either. As immoral and unconstitutional as that action is, after surviving a direct hit by a cat 5 hurricane, the levee break, fires, civil unrest, and bullies masquerading as peace officers, I'm not gonna die on the 10th floor of this building to enforce my right to keep and bear arms. No, if they come in and ask for our guns, I'll turn them over and then move out of this state. Besides, the 2nd Amendment hasn't been upheld for so long it might as well not even exist anymore. ..."

Friday, September 9th, 2005
8:18 am

"... As per my question about the forcible confiscation of guns, several of you posted video from ABC news verifying this. So there you go, go ahead and grab your pocket-sized copy of the constitution and tear out Amendment II. It should be the first one on the page, because if you've been keeping track, Amendment I should have been torn out years ago. I don't mean to make this a debate about guns, but what I want is for the law to be the law, and that means if the we don't like Amendment II anymore, we need to just go ahead and repeal it, not ignore it. If we just start ignoring the Amendments, we never know what rights we're entitled to and when. That complicates things. Just go ahead and repeal them if we're not gonna use them. So there's that. ..."
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NY Times:
New Orleans Begins Confiscating Firearms as Water Receeds

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 8 - 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.
I guess money proves that some animals are more equal than the rest.
Hmm.. I wonder if I’d be considered a Patriot or a Tyrant?
To aid means to assist one who is unable to take care of themselves. How can unlawful assault of the elderly & the law abiding be considered anything but unconstitutional! To render aid to those in need of assistance is a good thing, however, when police & other forces violate our basic constitutional rights (rights that were given us by God-not the state) anarchy has begun to reign.
The video of the elderly woman being forcibly tackled & thrown to the ground within the confines of her own home(which, if you watched closely, was in an area that seemed to not have been affected by flood waters at all) is in direct violation of her rights & every one of us should be up in arms over this. There is absolutely no excuse for this behavior. She did nothing but try to obey her God-given rights & defend her home from intrusion by brigands who had no right to be there in the first place. They cried that she had a gun--who cares? I don't, it was a legal weapon & she was defending her home. Charges ought to be brought up against every one of those officers for assault, forcible theft under threat of grave physical damage or death, and violating her constitutional rights.
On another note, even though some of New Orleans survived with minimal damage, I would prefer that the whole city be condemned & destroyed. Property owners should be given property further away from the delta region they were located in and allowed to rebuild there. But never again in such a dangerous place. We have brains, we know the hurricanes & floods will come again, lets use that God given intellect and only allow rebuilding in other areas, preferably on higher groung--ground that is not on the flood plain. Some may say I'm crazy, others may agree wholeheartily. I say it is high time something different were done to correct the problem before the next incident occurs.
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