The video above concerns a controversy in Cedar Falls. The City Council is on the brink of mandating that owners of commercial buildings and apartment dwellings maintain a lock box so police, fire or rescue can gain immediate access in an emergency. Ah emergencies. Is there anything the government won’t do in an emergency? Before Hurricane Katrina, I dismissed talk of government gun grabbers as the paranoid delusion of tin foil hat-wearing conspiracy theorists. After members of the National Guard went house-to-house confiscating firearms in Louisiana, I changed my mind . . .
Liberal gun owner and writer Dan Baum—who quit this website in disgust at my [supposedly] strident pro-gun tone—was in a Big Easy bar when the Guard entered and grabbed guns. He said the confiscation was OK ’cause there really were some scary ass people with firearms who needed disarmament.
For a lot of us, the scary ass people with firearms wear uniforms.
That said, the recent Incendiary Image of the Day revealed a post-tornado scenario wherein the Guard were helping lawful gun owners defend their lives and property. So it’s not all good guys vs. bad guys stuff. Still, I wonder . . . would you surrender your guns to government troops in an emergency? What if the cops showed up with a warrant to search your premises for firearms safety violations?
Under what conditions would you surrender your firearms—if any? I know some of you have hidden firearms for just such an eventuality. How realistic is that?