Watch the clip. It seems that Bill O’Reilly is in support of gun confiscation during declared emergencies.
He is interviewing Stewart Rhodes, a former Ron Paul Staffer and founder of Oath Keepers .
Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving military, reserves, National Guard, veterans, Peace Officers, and Fire Fighters who will fulfill the Oath we swore, with the support of like minded citizens who take an Oath to stand with us, to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God. Our Oath is to the Constitution
When the subject of second amendment rights comes up, Mr. Rhodes makes reference to New Orleans Mayor Nagal’s confiscation of legal firearms after Hurricane Katrina had devastated the city. O’Reilly comes out in support of the mayor’s decision.
I firmly disagree with Mr. O’Reilly on this one. No emergency allows the government to take away our Constitutional Rights.
I especially take exception with the idea that legal citizens are disarmed by the police and left defenseless, while violent criminals are allowed to roam the city streets, committing crimes at will, because the very law enforcement designed to protect the legal citizens failed at a time when it was desperately needed.
Without police protection, and with the ability to protect themselves taken away by the police, legal citizens simply became victims. The police had no control over the city and the only people that benefitted from the un-Constitutional actions of the city were the criminals who had nothing left to fear.
Had the cities legal gunowners been allowed to keep their weapons, they would have been able to protect themselves and their property. This would have resulted in less crime. The confiscation of guns from legal citizens was a mistake on the mayor’s part.
The proof is in the pudding as NRA-ILA won a lawsuit against the city and Mayor Nagal was forced to settle. After a three-year court battle the mayor finally admitted that the gun confiscation was ‘illegal.’
Mr. Bill O’Reily is wrong on this one 🙂