United States Virgin Islands Seizing Citizens Guns and Property Because of Hurricane Irma!
During a time when the need for protection is at its highest, the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands ordered the National Guard to seize guns and ammo from citizens in preparation for Hurricane Irma’s landfall.
The measure also allows the taking of other private property deemed “necessary to protect the islands.”
In other words, they’re not stopping at taking US citizens’ guns and ammo. They may also take your fuel, shelf-stable food, water and generators, too. Not to mention any other private property/survival supplies they deem critical. All to give to those who did not prepare for a storm that’s been approaching for almost a week.
This is insanity! He just gave fodder for looters to reign supreme after the hurricane has passed, because I GUARANTEE they will still have guns! The President needs to step in and stop this craziness!
The order went into effect Tuesday at 12:01 a.m.
Located about 40 miles east of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands consist mainly of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas islands. The territory has a population of more than 100,000 residents.
The NRA is prepared to engage the legal system to halt the unconstitutional order.
“People need the ability to protect themselves during times of natural disaster,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action. “This dangerous order violates the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and puts their lives at risk.”
“When 911 is non-existent and law enforcement personnel are overwhelmed with search-and-rescue missions and other emergency duties, law-abiding American citizens must be able to protect their families and loved ones. The NRA is prepared to pursue legal action to halt Gov. Mapp’s dangerous and unconstitutional order,” concluded Cox.
To read Mapp’s order, click here.
While this proclamation would likely never survive a court challenge, super-hurricane Irma will likely arrive before anyone could write, much less file a court challenge.
In the aftermath of Irma, islanders are going to need their firearms to protect against looters. St. Thomas isn’t all beaches and tourist hotels. Thirty years ago in my college days, my Spanish class teaching assistant, who came from St. Thomas, described the ghettos there as drug-riddled cesspools of violence.
At least those who already have them. Guns are tightly controlled in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It also has one of the highest homicide rates in the world.
Not counted as a state or a city, the U.S. Virgin Islands is often missed in statistics about gun control in the United States.
Gun ownership is tightly regulated, with permission to own a gun only granted by the Police Commissioner upon application, and subject to the Commissioner’s discretion. Even antique firearms, which are not regulated under U.S. Federal law, are not allowed unless they are inspected and “rendered useless”.
Liberals have already tried this in the continental United States:
After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin instituted a similar order and began confiscating legally owned and possessed firearms. The NRA intervened in federal court and was able to halt the confiscations and obtain an order requiring the return of the seized firearms. The organization then backed federal legislation to prohibit the confiscation of legal firearms from law-abiding citizens during states of emergency. In 2006, President George W. Bush signed this legislation into law.
Of course, during Hurricane Harvey, Texans guns were more than safe. Not a person alive would have eve thought about this abomination here.
This seizure order should serve as a cautionary tale for U.S. Virgin Islanders. Even worse, for those who have prepared for emergencies, this makes agents of the government almost as much a threat as looters.
It should make clear, once and for all, liberals abuse of a crisis, as well as, their ultimate goal of taking citizens’ guns.