The city of Guntersville, Alabama is considering disarming residents in the event of a weather-related or manmade disaster, like a terrorist attack. Mayor Leigh Dollar said that they’re not trying to take away anyone’s Constitutional rights; they’re just trying to “protect” people:
“The ordinance states officers could disarm individuals, if necessary. Dollar says the proposal is just way to give officers more authority 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.”
Just what people need in the event of a disaster. Police officers with more authority to protect themselves. Don’t they already have enough as it is, and this city wants to give them the power to revoke citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights?
A situation like a disaster, and especially the social breakdown that follows, is exactly the kind of situation where the 2nd Amendment is vitally important. In fact, it’s that kind of situation where semi-automatic rifles come in handy. That’s not the time to be taking people’s guns away. It’s a time to be making sure people are armed and prepared.
This happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Law enforcement officers at different levels went door-to-door, searching people’s homes without warrant or consent and confiscating their firearms. They acted like people had no 2nd or 4th Amendment rights, and the excuse was that it was a natural disaster.
During times of disaster, governments would like us to believe that we have no Constitutional rights. That our Constitutional rights are actually more like privileges during times of social order. And that when disaster strikes, our “privileges” then become suspended, at which point we just need to comply with the authorities for our own protection.
And at that point, it wouldn’t even be about our protection, but theirs. They act like gun owners are a threat to their safety, and that disarming us is the only sure way for them to be protected.
This gun confiscation proposal will be on the agenda at the next Guntersville city council meeting on March 4th. I hope gun owners pack the place out to voice their outrage over this proposition such that the council is forced to withdraw the proposition.