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Written by Chad Herr

Our founders recognized the individuals right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. At the root of these is the belief that a person should be able to reap the fruits of his labor, property ownership being primary among those fruits.  A man’s labor and the fruit thereof was known, not in and of itself to bring happiness, but the security and safety of ones family and the rewards of their labor would.  For how can a man who has worked hard to provide for his family be happy if all he has can be taken from him, even his life?  He can’t!  Our founders knew more than we that being free of any type of tyranny is the only way that a man could be happy. 

All who would be citizens of this great land have an opportunity and a choice to pursue happiness, just like they have a right to protect both the fruit of their labor and one’s self; for no man can be happy living in fear of losing what he has worked so hard for (or in fear of his family’s safety).  The U.S.Constitution gives all men the right to pursue happiness; inherent in that right is the right to protect one’s family and oneself.  How come it is so hard for some people to get this?   The pursuit of happiness and the right to defend ones self  are virtually synonymous. 

Our founders secured these inalienable rights for future generations within the framework of the U.S. Constitution, and backed it up with the Bill of Rights. It is the sole responsibility of each citizen to provide for his own protection, security and, the same as it is to each of us, to pursue happiness.  Our happiness and safety as it pertains to our daily lives is our responsibility not the state or federal government. 

The federal government has a job: national security. That’s it!  It is the individuals obligation, duty and right to protect themselves from those who would commit violence upon them.  Does the 2nd amendment say we have the right to bear arms at all times except during a disaster? No, it states that ”the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” 

The following is an excerpt from the NRA/ILA website. (read the full article below)

In a February 18, interview that discussed, in part, the confiscation of legally-owned guns during a declared state of emergency (as was the case in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina), O’Reilly affirmed his support of such confiscations. 

When it was explained to O’Reilly that whether or not there’s a state of emergency, it’s still unconstitutional to confiscate lawfully-owned guns from honest citizens wanting to defend themselves, the Fox talking head retorts, “That’s a pretty extreme position.” 

What part of personal responsibility does Bill O’Reilly not understand (see article below)? His statement is hypocritical and un American.  He rants about personal responsibility, then makes an idiotic comment that anyone who feels the government doesn’t have the right to take firearms from its citizens during a disaster holds to an extremist view. Really Bill! 

Most of us think having some water, food and a hasty shelter around, in case of an emergency, is a good idea.  If you live in hurricane-prone Louisiana, the blizzard-prone northeast, or earthquake country, you probably have a little something put away in case of a natural disaster.  I may have water food and shelter set aside fro an emergency but what about those who failed to prepare or just planned on taking what they needed from those who did prepare.  How does one plan on keeping those provisions if they don’t have an effective means of protecting them?  Would it be reasonable for a person to have  firearms to keep looters at bay? How about loose or wild animals?  Maybe  Bill expects those who didn’t prepare to sit by and go hungry outside your door while you sip hot coffee and eat s’mores.  It’s true that the majority think tomorrow will be like today where the next meal is a phone call away, to flip the switch on the wall means the lights will go on every time and the air conditioner and water heater gnomes will keep everything right in the world. 

The first thing people say to me when they find out I’m a firearms instructor is, “I’m coming to your house when the fit hits the shan!” Ahh, you think so? I know they’re joking but I quickly reply, “What makes you think you will be able to go anywhere in a disaster?”  Get your own guns your responsible for yourself.  Learn how to use them before you need them, know how they will be carried and be aware of the dark!  

Come to my house and try to take my guns during a natural disaster? You’d better bring an army because you’d be hard pressed to take the best means I have of  protecting my wife and child, my neighbors and their families. I spend most of my time a stone’s throw from one of the most gang-infested neighborhoods in this country and I’ll never leave my family defenseless. 

Any law enforcement or military personnel who call themselves Americans and would follow an order that violates the rights of those they have pledged to protect need to check who their loyalties lie with. Will they follow a superior who is doing what he’s told or the citizens of this country and the constitution they pledged to protect, putting them in grave danger from looters, criminals, animals and others who prey on the vulnerable? Would they take firearms from their own families, moms, dads, brothers and sisters in a time of crisis? 

The notion that normally law-abiding citizens would freak out during a natural disaster and start ghosting relief workers is insane, unreasonable and stupid. Bill O’Reilly needs to rethink his statement and put himself in the position of a father and husband in a disaster area with looters knocking down doors taking and doing what they want and family pets now turned out and hungry animals.  Not on my watch and not in my home. 

The following article was taken from the NRA/ILA web site http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Federal/Read.aspx?id=5452 

Bill O’Reilly On Citizens Maintaining Second Amendment Rights During States Of Emergency: 

Friday, February 19, 2010 

As we have often reported, in the wake of the illegal gun confiscations in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, NRA focused its attention on legislation to amend existing emergency-powers statutes to guarantee that local authorities never again attempt the confiscation of lawfully owned firearms during states of emergency. 

As you know, following Hurricane Katrina, many New Orleans residents legally armed themselves to protect their lives and property from civil disorder. With no way to call for help, and police unable to respond, lawful citizens were able to defend themselves and their neighbors against looters, arsonists and other criminals. 

However, just when these people needed their guns for self-protection the most, New Orleans’s Police Superintendent ordered the confiscation of firearms, allegedly under a state emergency-powers law.  Fortunately, an NRA lawsuit brought an end to the seizures, and subsequent NRA-backed legislation ensured the gun confiscation travesty would not repeat itself. 

Unfortunately, many states have “emergency powers” laws that give the government permission to suspend or limit gun sales, and to prohibit or restrict citizens from transporting or carrying firearms. In some states, authorities are authorized to seize guns outright from citizens who’ve committed no crime, and who would then be defenseless against disorder. 

Within the past few weeks, a state of emergency was declared in King, North Carolina following a relatively heavy snowstorm.  As a result of the emergency declaration, local residents were banned from carrying firearms in their vehicles. 

Entering into the fray this week was Bill O’Reilly, host of The O’Reilly Factor, on Fox News. 

In a February 18, interview that discussed, in part, the confiscation of legally-owned guns during a declared state of emergency (as was the case in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina), O’Reilly affirmed his support of such confiscations. 

When it was explained to O’Reilly that whether or not there’s a state of emergency, it’s still unconstitutional to confiscate lawfully-owned guns from honest citizens wanting to defend themselves, the Fox talking head retorts, “That’s a pretty extreme position.” 

Perhaps in your opinion, Bill.  But for most law-abiding Americans, the notion that the government can suspend the Constitution and leave citizens without the most effective means of self-defense just because of a snowstorm or hurricane — well, that would qualify as an extreme position. 

Of course, no one condones the mindless violence of those who would loot a helpless city, or shoot at rescue workers.  But one reason for the citizens to retain a legal right to arms, is precisely because the government has no legal duty to protect them.  Legislative bodies can, and should, act to protect the self-defense rights of citizens at the times when those rights are most important. 

NRA-ILA was instrumental in passing H.R. 5013–the “Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act,”–federal legislation to protect gun owners’ rights during emergencies.  And we continue to fight for state legislation to do the same.  NRA-ILA has successfully passed Emergency Powers legislation in 28 states since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and we will not rest until we reform all emergency powers laws to prohibit these types of arbitrary attacks on Second Amendment rights. 

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