Here Comes The Gestapo
What the hell is the authority for this?
Waters were receding across this flood-beaten city today as police officers began confiscating weapons, including legally registered weapons, from civilians in preparation for a mass forced evacuation of the residents still living here.
No civilians in New Orleans will be allowed to carry pistols, shotguns, or other firearms of any kind, said P. Edwin Compass, the superintendent of police. "Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons," he said.
But that order apparently does not apply to the hundreds of security guards whom businesses and some wealthy individuals have hired to protect their property. The guards, who are civilians working for private security firms like Blackwater, are openly carrying M-16's and other assault rifles. Mr. Compass said he was aware of the private guards, but that the police had no plans to make them give up their weapons.
If I were living there, I'd quickly seek out a judge and get some sort of restraining order against this guy. Seriously, this is quickly turning into a wholesale violation of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, and 10th.
I'm sure the 7th is being ivolated too, I just can't see it clearly yet. But how much do you want to bet that some of those cops are gonna end up sleeping in some of the grand homes of New Orleans. Seems to me that would clearly violate the 3rd.
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Forced removal is never "with consent."
I guess they have finally found a way to kill off the entire constitution.. And for what its worth, someone should kick Edwin Compass in the balls (or worse). After his uter failure in the face of Katrina, he doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt.