Anti-gunners’ “arguments” for civilian disarmament fly in the face of logic, reason and factual evidence. The most infuriating of all: the government isn’t coming for your guns. Tell that to New York residents, who can’t sell their modern sporting rifles inside the Empire State or pass them on to a relative. Ask the residents of New Orleans who had their guns confiscated by the police and National Guard troops after Hurricane Katrina. There is no question that the government can and will “come for your guns” as and when the anti-gunners control the levers of power. Here’s how that went down for our neighbors to the north . . .
In a report released Thursday, the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP said that officers who conducted the “warrantless” seizures were undersupervised. The subsequent anger in the population was badly handled by the RCMP communications teams, the report also found, as citizens complained that “their homes were forcibly entered, and in some cases windows were broken, doors were kicked in and firearms were taken.”
The RCMP members acted “with insufficient supervision and guidance by senior RCMP members or any judicial oversight,” the report concluded.
“In addition, the lack of a public communication strategy resulted in the public’s mistrust of the words and the actions of the RCMP and set in motion a domino effect of challenges for the RCMP,” the report said.
The Commission did find that many RCMP officers reacted admirably during the crisis, but made a series of recommendations to ensure that the same scenario would not be repeated in future emergencies.
Overall, RCMP members entered 4,666 homes after the floods, including 754 cases in which they forced their entries into the residences. Police officers had received clear instructions: use as “much force as necessary” to enter every building.
They found 38 people in need of rescue, as well as 700 pets, but also removed 609 firearms from 105 homes (as well as marijuana plants from five homes).
The report found that RCMP members entered some residences by force even in areas that were not affected by the flood. In addition, RCMP members “seized firearms that were properly secured or that were not in plain view,” meaning that they “were not removed with lawful authority,” the report found.
Once the population learned of the seizures and some citizens reacted angrily, “RCMP ineffectiveness in external communications …. allowed speculation to develop.”
Speculation, eh? Speculation that law-abiding Canadians had somehow suddenly woken-up in something not entirely unlike a police state, where gun and property rights went bye-bye? [Click here for more details about the High River confiscations.]
The High River confiscations [chronicled by theglobeandmail.com] are, for now, a low-water mark in Canada’s political history. But there’s a wider point. Once again, a government antagonistic to its citizens’ natural and civil right to keep and bear arms confiscated guns in the name of public safety during an emergency.
Would California cops confiscate firearms in the aftermath of an earthquake? Would their job be easier thanks to gun registration? Yes and yes. What if an incident of domestic terrorism convinced a state or even the federal government that a certain class of gun owners were terrorists? Would they hesitate to confiscate their firearms?
Gun confiscation is a thing. Anyone who denies that is telling people to pay no attention to history, or the gun grabber behind the curtain. It behooves gun rights advocates to show fence straddlers the folly of their ignorance. Before it’s too late. [h/t SK]