The city of Guntersville, Alabama is considering a new ordinance that would disarm residence in the event of a disaster — whether man-made or weather related. Mayor
Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar said that she’s not trying to take away anyone’s Constitutional rights, she’s just trying to “protect” people. The ordinance states officers may disarm individuals, if “necessary”. “Necessary” is legal-speak for “if ordered to do so”. Mayor Dollar says the proposal is just way to give officers more authority to protect themselves — apparently at the expense of residents being able to protect themselves.
“We are not trying to infringe upon anyone constitutional rights whatsoever. It’s just to protect the workers working out there in a disaster,” Dollar said.
What could go wrong?
Let’s look at a real-world scenario that actually happened: Hurricane Katrina.
Law enforcement officers from various jurisdictions went door-to-door, searching homes without warrant or consent and confiscating their firearms. Apparently We the People have no Fourth Amendment nor Second Amendment Rights during a time of “emergency” or natural disaster.
That’s okay, right? Nothing bad happened to the disarmed people of New Orleans after the government confiscated their means of self-defense, right? WRONG!
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina there was looting, home invasion, burglary, assault, rape, and even murder. Gun confiscation was proven to be ineffective in preventing any of this.
My brother, before he passed away, was a 30-year veteran of the Salt Lake County Sheriffs Office and Unified Police Department. It’s a dangerous job and I wouldn’t want to put him (or anyone that’s in his line of work) in further danger. However, they swore an oath not only to “protect and defend” the populous but to “uphold the law and the Constitution”. Confiscating guns from Good Guys (and Gals) doesn’t solve the problem, it makes the problem worse.
This gun confiscation proposal will be on the agenda at the next Guntersville city council meeting on March 4th, 2013.