With much of Texas still underwater following Hurricane Harvey, another tropical storm is headed for the U.S., and it looks to be just as devastating. As Hurricane Irma approaches the Florida coastline, a governor has signed an emergency order forcing citizens to give up one important item, and it’s incredibly concerning.
Irma is expected to make landfall in Florida sometime in the next four or five days, but it has already hit the Caribbean, wreaking havoc on island paradises. Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm on Tuesday, with wind gusts hitting 175 miles per hour.
The eye of the storm is expected to pass just north of the heart of the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday and bring four to eight inches of rain and 60 mile per hour wind gusts. In preparation, Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed an emergency order allowing the government to seize guns from private citizens.
U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed an emergency order allowing the seizure of private guns, ammunition, explosives and property the National Guard may need to respond to Hurricane Irma.
Mapp signed the order Monday in preparation for Hurricane Irma. The order allows the Adjutant General of the Virgin Islands to seize private property they believe necessary to protect the islands, subject to approval by the territory’s Justice Department.
Mapp issued an emergency declaration Tuesday and mobilized National Guard units to prepare for the massive storm.
“This is not an opportunity to go outside and try to have fun with a hurricane,” Mapp said. “It’s not time to get on a surfboard.” [Source: Daily Caller]
The seizure of firearms, ammunition, and personal property is incredibly concerning because without guns, citizens have no way of defending themselves, and self-defense can quickly become a matter of pressing importance in the event of a natural disaster.
In Texas, it wasn’t long after Hurricane Harvey hit that rabid thugs began looting stores and private residences. Under these circumstances, there is only one way for people to protect themselves, their families, and the things they own: with a gun.
And, if you think this couldn’t happen within the continental United States, think again. As Young Conservatives notes, we saw the same thing during Hurricane Katrina. A 12-year-old report from the NYT confirms as much.
Local police officers began confiscating weapons from civilians in preparation for a forced evacuation of the last holdouts still living here, as President Bush steeled the nation for the grisly scenes of recovering the dead that will unfold in coming days.
Police officers and federal law enforcement agents scoured the city carrying assault rifles seeking residents who have holed up to avoid forcible eviction, as well as those who are still considering evacuating voluntarily to escape the city’s putrid waters. [Source: The New York Times]
It is unlikely President Donald Trump, an avid supporter of the Second Amendment, would allow such a blatant assault on the gun rights of Americans, but it is notable that there is precedence for confiscation in the event of a natural disaster. It appears that we may have more to worry about than flooded homes as Hurricane Irma makes her way to Florida.