2nd Amendment nixed in New Orleans

New Orleans is no longer part of America. It is a brave new world devised by FEMA and the Ministry of Homeland Security. In the new New Orleans, there are no constitutional rights. Not only are soldiers allowed to break down doors (as they do in Iraq) in violation of the Fourth Amendment and even “shoot to kill” if they believe they are threatened (as soldiers in Iraq “shoot to kill” grandmothers and kids at Israeli-styled checkpoints), now the Second Amendment no longer exists.
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“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,” reports the New York Times. “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.”

New Orleans is no longer part of America. It is a brave new world devised by FEMA and the Ministry of Homeland Security. In the new New Orleans, there are no constitutional rights. Not only are soldiers allowed to break down doors (as they do in Iraq) in violation of the Fourth Amendment and even “shoot to kill” if they believe they are threatened (as soldiers in Iraq “shoot to kill” grandmothers and kids at Israeli-styled checkpoints), now the Second Amendment no longer exists.

“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,” reports the New York Times. “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.”

Of course, the trashing of the Second Amendment is restricted to poor people. Rich people will be allowed to hire armed guards. Nixing the Second Amendment “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.”

Indeed, New Orleans has become a lot like Iraq. You may recall Blackwater, the security company hired to protect bureaucrats, soldiers, and intelligence officers in Iraq. You may also recall that four Blackwater mercenaries were brutally killed in Fallujah, their mutated and burned bodies strung up on a bridge to the cheers of Sunni insurgents who don’t take kindly to Americans (or anybody else) invading their country and pushing them around (and bombing their mosques and neighborhoods). Now that Bush and FEMA and the Ministry of Homeland Security have trashed the Second Amendment in the new New Orleans, chances are pretty slim the locals will be rebelling against the military occupation of their once proud city. Iraq is awash in weapons (many of them sold to Saddam by Bush’s daddy and Reagan) but the new New Orleans will soon be clean as a whistle—not even a BB gun will be allowed.

“Nearly two weeks after the floods began, New Orleans has turned into an armed camp, patrolled by thousands of local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, as well as National Guard troops and active-duty soldiers,” the New York Times continues. “While armed looters roamed unchecked last week, the city is now calm. No arrests were made on Wednesday night or this morning, and the police received only 10 calls for service, a police spokesman said.”

No mention here of the obvious fact many residents armed themselves to ward off roving gangs of criminals—a distinct minority—who took advantage of the situation when the police abandoned their posts. As for the small number of “calls for service,” this really is a no-brainer—the military has spent the last week methodically depopulating the city (and it is difficult to call the police when phones are inoperable).

Our neolib rulers plan for the new New Orleans to serve as a template for the rest of the nation where the Constitution now hangs precariously by a frayed thread. In the event of a “terrorist attack” and the imposition of martial law, we can expect the lessons learned in the new New Orleans to be practiced elsewhere—shoot to kill for “looting” food and water, doors kicked in by jackbooted troops who ignore the desperate pleas of hungry and thirsty citizens and lasciviously demand women flash their breasts (as if life is a segment of the Girls Gone Wild video), and treating citizens as if they are al-Qaeda suicide bombers.

Friday, September 23, 2005
(Fairfax, VA) — The United States District Court for the Eastern District in Louisiana today sided with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and issued a restraining order to bar further gun confiscations from peaceable and law-abiding victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
“This is a significant victory for freedom and for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.  The court’s ruling is instant relief for the victims who now have an effective means of defending themselves from the robbers and rapists that seek to further exploit the remnants of their shattered lives,” said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
Joining LaPierre in hailing the U.S. District Court decision was NRA chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox. “This is an important victory.  But the battle is not over.  The NRA will remedy state emergency statutes in all 50 states, if needed, to ensure that this injustice does not happen again.”
The controversy erupted when The New York Times reported, the New Orleans superintendent of police directed that no civilians in New Orleans will be allowed to have guns and that “only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons.”  ABC News quoted New Orleans’ deputy police chief, saying, “No one will be able to be armed. We are going to take all the weapons.”
The NRA also pledged that it will continue its work to ensure that every single firearm arbitrarily and unlawfully seized under this directive is returned to the rightful law-abiding owner.   
–nra–
 Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group.  Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime.  The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services

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