Skip to comments.Bill O’Reilly On Citizens Maintaining Second Amendment Rights During States Of Emergency
Posted on 02/22/2010 8:58:30 AM PST by neverdem
|Bill OReilly On Citizens Maintaining Second Amendment Rights During States Of Emergency: Thats a pretty extreme position.|
|Friday, February 19, 2010|
As we have often reported, in the wake of the illegal gun confiscations in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, NRA focused its attention on legislation to amend existing emergency-powers statutes to guarantee that local authorities never again attempt the confiscation of lawfully owned firearms during states of emergency.
As you know, following Hurricane Katrina, many New Orleans residents legally armed themselves to protect their lives and property from civil disorder. With no way to call for help, and police unable to respond, lawful citizens were able to defend themselves and their neighbors against looters, arsonists and other criminals.
However, just when these people needed their guns for self-protection the most, New Orleanss Police Superintendent ordered the confiscation of firearms, allegedly under a state emergency-powers law. Fortunately, an NRA lawsuit brought an end to the seizures, and subsequent NRA-backed legislation ensured the gun confiscation travesty would not repeat itself.
Unfortunately, many states have emergency powers laws that give the government permission to suspend or limit gun sales, and to prohibit or restrict citizens from transporting or carrying firearms. In some states, authorities are authorized to seize guns outright from citizens whove committed no crime, and who would then be defenseless against disorder.
Within the past few weeks, a state of emergency was declared in King, North Carolina following a relatively heavy snowstorm. As a result of the emergency declaration, local residents were banned from carrying firearms in their vehicles.
Entering into the fray this week was Bill OReilly, host of The OReilly Factor, on Fox News.
In a February 18, interview that discussed, in part, the confiscation of legally-owned guns during a declared state of emergency (as was the case in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina), OReilly affirmed his support of such confiscations.
When it was explained to OReilly that whether or not theres a state of emergency, its still unconstitutional to confiscate lawfully-owned guns from honest citizens wanting to defend themselves, the Fox talking head retorts, Thats a pretty extreme position.
Perhaps in your opinion, Bill. But for most law-abiding Americans, the notion that the government can suspend the Constitution and leave citizens without the most effective means of self-defense just because of a snowstorm or hurricane -- well, that would qualify as an extreme position.
Of course, no one condones the mindless violence of those who would loot a helpless city, or shoot at rescue workers. But one reason for the citizens to retain a legal right to arms, is precisely because the government has no legal duty to protect them. Legislative bodies can, and should, act to protect the self-defense rights of citizens at the times when those rights are most important.
NRA-ILA was instrumental in passing H.R. 5013--the Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act,--federal legislation to protect gun owners rights during emergencies. And we continue to fight for state legislation to do the same. NRA-ILA has successfully passed Emergency Powers legislation in 28 states since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and we will not rest until we reform all emergency powers laws to prohibit these types of arbitrary attacks on Second Amendment rights.
It wasn’t just the ahole New Orleans police who were confiscating guns.
Members of the California Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and other out-of-state law enforcement agencies also participated in the New Orleans Nazi gun grabbing, as did members of the 82nd Airborne.
A curse on all those who violated the rights of their fellow citizens.
A wise citizen keeps a .12 gauge ‘off the books’ for just this reason.
BOR says, paraphrasing, why would there ever be any reason for govt would to declare martial law?
This also shows the true colors of our quisling gendarmerie.
Bill just needs to get over himself.
Once he understands that I’m the smartest guy on the planet he’ll be O.K.
Henry Bowman would be proud.
Were they confiscating based on their records, or just house to house?
"F'ING THING SUCKS!!!"
BOR “logic”: Gun confiscation is legal because Lincoln suspended habeas corpus. Two Unconstitutional Acts apparently make One COnstitutional Act.
Says all that needs to be said about the guy!
Neither really. Whenever they encountered someone with them they would take them. Good reason to keep your mouth shut whenever you are confronted with LEO’s.
Any person or persons who has in their employ or employed on their behalf for the purpose of providing Protection or Security with a Firearm of any kind ,Shall be Guilty of a Class A Felony, punishable by a Mandatory Sentence of 25 years in State Prison and COMPLETE CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE.
This will fix the problem overnight. Why should We The People allow Hired Guns to protect the Elite that can afford them?? Unless ALL PERSONS have the same right to Self Defense, then Nobody does. That’s Equal Protection Under The LAW
Ted Baxter, constitutional scholar. Not!
I wonder if Bill O’Reilly would support shutting down cable news if a terrorist attack was underway as a means to prevent panic among the population?
This is very very common in many so-called conservatives. They are all for free markets but they do not want free people. It seems to be especially prevalent in the Northeast. Wm. F Buckley had a touch of that as does Bill Bennett and others of note. The Democrats do not have a monopoly on elitists.
That was funny! LOL
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