1) This is extremely disturbing and potentially a gross violation of the 2nd Amendment at the State, Local, and Federal (if they donít put a stop to it) level.
2) It depends on the context of what weapons they are seizing. If they are seizing weapons from say gangs wandering the street looting or trying to enforce their own version of the law then good on them. Or to be fair it this was a case of taking them away from people wildly brandishing them around others or the police. They've had plenty of mass incidents involving gun toting thugs but the answer isn't taking the guns away from everyone. If this was a case of temporarily holding the gun in storage for eventual return when youi pick up the person for evacuation then that is a smart idea. From the wording of the NYT (hardly pro gun) it sounds like they are grabbing any gun in sight.
This tends to read like a case of them grabbing every gun in sight just because they might be a security threat and to hell with the 2nd Amendment. If they are entering peopleís residences, properties, or businesses taking their guns (their means of defense and property), and then leaving that person there to wait for later evacuation or to get out on their own this is wrong and illegal.
3) Something is wrong when guns are being taken from property owners unless you have money to afford a rent a cop to protect your property.
Some people may be willing to let the Federal Government slide on the realistic and valid screw-ups FEMA made in regards to New Orleans. That said I can see this one really coming back to bite Bush in the butt in part of his base if he doesnít make a stand if this is a case of grab every gun in sight.
Edited by CJ AEGIS, 11 September 2005 - 08:46 PM.