A directive that the U.S. Virgin Islands National Guard confiscate guns and ammunition from private citizens as Hurricane Irma bears down on the territory is drawing a strong response from gun-rights advocates.
Gov. Kenneth Mapp issued the order, directing the National Guard to seize personal guns and ammo. And the National Rifle Association is vowing to go to court to make sure citizens can defend themselves in the wake of disaster.
“People need the ability to protect themselves during times of natural disaster,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director. “This dangerous order violates the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and puts their lives at risk.”
Cox added that times of disaster are when citizens need their right to keep and bear arms more than ever. “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.”
Hurricane Irma Might Activate Florida’s Emergency Carry Law
Back in 2015, Florida enacted a law recognizing the right to carry a firearm without a permit during emergency situations. With a Category 5 hurricane threatening the state, the time may be near for that law to take effect.
“People who may legally possess a firearm may carry concealed or carry on or about the person while ‘in the act of evacuating’ under a mandatory evacuation order during a declared state of emergency,” Marion Hammer, former NRA president and Unified Sportsmen of Florida executive director, told Guns.com on Tuesday. “So far, even though the governor has declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties, I am unaware of any mandatory evacuation order.” However, as the path and intensity of the storm became more certain, evacuation orders for those in Irma's path began rolling out the following day.
The law provides for a 48-hour window after the declaration of a mandatory evacuation order in which permitless carry is legal, but the governor is authorized to extend this period. We will be monitoring this situation as Irma draws closer to the mainland.
CNN Pushes More Fake News About NRA’s Loesch
Media trade group Digital Content Next (DCN) is targeting the NRA for a video released in April featuring spokeswoman Dana Loesch. In the piece, titled “Taking on the Times,” Loesch slammed The New York Times as a dutiful shill for the Left and put the newspaper on alert. “We’re going to laser-focus on your so-called ‘honest pursuit of truth,’” she promised of their media bias. “In short, we’re coming for you.”
In a letter to Loesch, DCN took exception to her “incendiary language,” saying it was “un-American to threaten journalists.” They then proceeded to explain to Loesch the concept of the free press (which, presumably, also includes the right of the people to criticize that free press). When the letter was “leaked” to the press, CNN was all too glad to publish it—because nothing says “news” like a five-month-old video—and jump on the Loesch-bashing bandwagon.
It’s ironic that CNN, of all media entities, is accusing the NRA of “crossing a line.” It’s the very same CNN that threatened to identify a Reddit user behind a Trump video and caused USA Today toreport at the time, “It's the antithesis of journalism for a news organization to monitor speech and decide whether someone is crossing a line and should be ruined.”
And CNN wonders why no one in America takes the network seriously. Correspondent Nick Valencia tweeted last week about being heckled by a crowd shouting derogatory things. “Unbelievable,” he said. We agree, Nick: “Unbelievable” sums CNN up quite well.
Texas School District Gives Students Extra Protection Against Attack
School board members in Brock, Texas, have unanimously approved plans to implement an armed school protection plan.
Called the Guardian Program, the plan will provide a new layer of security to the district’s 1,375 students. Employees have already begun volunteering to serve as “Guardians,” which will authorize them to carry concealed in preparation for an emergency. The final Guardian team will be selected based on a psychological evaluation, physical exam and firearms training program.
The program was modeled after a similar program in nearby Peaster, Texas. Both districts serve rural areas, meaning they cannot afford to hire campus security, and should an incident occur, police may not be able to arrive right away.
“We obviously hope and pray that nothing would ever happen of that nature here, but we want to be prepared in the unlikely event it does occur,” Superintendent Scott Drillette said. “I hope that everybody in our district and community … feels a little safer knowing that we have trained and prepared Guardians on every campus.”
Robber Sent Running By 79-Year-Old Man With A Concealed Firearm
A 79-year-old man from Stanton, Texas, was leaving a convenience store last Friday afternoon when he heard someone speaking from behind him: “It would be best for you to give me the keys; I want your car.” Then there came threats of violence from the attacker, who happened to be armed with a handgun.
But this near-octogenarian, who was licensed to carry a gun, had no intention of giving up his automobile. According to KOSA-TV, the elderly man simply drew his concealed firearm, pointed it at the attacker, and sent the mugger scrambling out of the parking lot on foot.
The victim was able to give police a detailed description of his assailant, and in a matter of minutes, 24-year-old Andrew Yanez was apprehended just a few blocks away. Yanez has been charged with attempted robbery and felony possession of a firearm.