Hurricane Gun Grab
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone on the East Coast who was hit by Hurricane Florence. We hope that each and every one of you is safe and able to rebuild. We also hope that local, state and federal officials will allow you to stay safe, by not restricting your constitutional right to keep and bear arms. We’re looking at you, Leland, North Carolina.
The City Council of Leland issued an emergency order as the hurricane closed in, which states that “the transportation or possession, or the sale or purchase of any dangerous weapon or substance, while off one’s premises, is prohibited.”
In other words, evacuate your homes and get to safety because a hurricane is coming, but leave your guns at home. For all of their insane gibberish about how President Trump sitting down for a meeting with Vladimir Putin is a “constitutional crisis,” the media never seems to think that an actual constitutional crisis like this is a problem.
We all remember the videos of law enforcement going door to door in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and tackling grandmothers to the floor to rip their dinky little .32 revolvers out of their hands. How is it possible that elected officials think they can get away with this?
When news of the unconstitutional gun ban became public, the Firearms Policy Coalition and Firearms Policy Foundation immediately sent a pre-litigation demand letter to the City of Leland. In essence, the letter states that if you (Leland) strip law-abiding gun owners of their gun rights, we will sue your pants off, assuming that you still have pants after the hurricane.
Right after the demand letter was sent, the City of Leland immediately amended the language of the emergency order, by adding this sentence to the end: “This prohibition and restriction does not apply to lawfully possessed firearms and ammunition.”
What a coincidence! See, they didn’t mean guns at all.
So, let’s see if we have this straight, Leland. You issued an emergency order banning the possession, transportation, sale or purchase of “dangerous weapons.” Then you clarified the order by saying it doesn’t apply to guns. What dangerous weapons did you have in mind? That flame thrower guitar from Mad Max? Are there a lot of those in Leland?
In all seriousness, Leland City Council, please be specific when answering this question. What “dangerous weapons” are you banning that are not firearms? We’re curious and we believe that the voters in the fair city of Leland would like to have an answer to that question as well.
Americans have seen what happens when the government declares the Second Amendment null and void after a hurricane, so we think we’ll pass on it this time. President Trump has assured the nation that emergency responders are ready to deal with Hurricane Flo and that this won’t be a repeat of Hurricane Katrina.
We all appreciate his optimism, but at the same time, does any gun owner really want to take their chances? (Spoiler alert: Don’t go to the Superdome.) Anything can happen after a hurricane, and that is the exact time when people should be responsibly armed. The police and military can’t be everywhere at once.
Looters always show up somewhere after a hurricane. If the city of Leland had not backed down, looters would have known the location of a city where a lot of gun owners left their guns at home. But gun grabbers never think these things through.
One final thing to note: Our rights are not dependent on our circumstances. The right to keep and bear arms is always in effect. It’s not dependent on weather-related events. You can’t suspend freedom of speech just because it’s dark outside, or freedom of the press because it’s raining.
“Sorry, Mr. Jones, we’re canceling your right to a fair trial because we’re expecting a foot of snow this weekend.” It doesn’t work that way and the American people won’t stand for it. We wish the politicians could get that through their thick skulls every time they think they have an opportunity to snatch our guns away from us.
For everyone affected by Hurricane Florence and its remnants, stay safe out there. You know what we mean.
P.S. We won’t tell anyone if you do decide to take your guitar flame thrower with you when evacuating.
~ National Gun Network