Which part of the Constitution states that the government's job is to help people survive hurricanes, but that people must give up their arms to receive such help?
The local police are in charge of law enforcement decisions. The military is not there to make decisions about people and their guns.
For what it's worth, I think a law abiding citizen who had a right to a gun before a hurricane still has the same right after a hurricane. How to implement that is another matter. The system had broken down in just about every way, when rescue boats and helicopters or when firemen and police are SHOT AT by thugs in the aftermath of a hurricane.
The overwhelmed and broken down law enforcement then resorted to a blanket decision that people could not go around with guns in NO. The military is there to execute disaster relief in their prescribed role of support to local Government during a disaster that overwhelmed the locals. General Honore is not some kind of monster or would be tyrannical dictator whose goal is to remove everybody's lawful gun.
The situation is the pits.
If I were a stranded citizen in NO, and people around me had been looting, raping and shooting, I would be very scared to be thrown in with other citizens who were carrying guns, not knowing if they were good guys or bad in that extreme moment.
If I were one of the citizens who had a gun to protect myself from the bad guys, and the government (local decision) took it away from me, I would be very upset about that.
It is a no win, either way it cuts.
In NO everything just broke down. And I mean everything, including how to treat legitimate gun owners. Not a surprise, just understandably troubling.