The New Orleans police force is now confiscating all firearms, including legal, registered weapons, from civilians. “Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons”, says the police superintendent. Well, OK, the law enforcement and private security firms:
But that order apparently does not apply to hundreds of security guards hired by businesses and some wealthy individuals to protect property. The guards, employees of private security companies like Blackwater, openly carry M-16’s and other assault rifles. Mr. Compass said that he was aware of the private guards, but that the police had no plans to make them give up their weapons.
The upshot? If you’re rich, you get to guard your home and property. If you’re poor, you have to rely on the cops for protection (many of whom deserted, some of whom joined the looting, and of which 60% are off to enjoy paid vacations to Vegas).
But that’s nothing new. Gun control has been long been used as a tool of bigotry and oppression by the rich and powerful against the poor and minorities. Just look at America’s very first gun control laws, which were enacted, coincidentally enough, in order to keep guns out of the hands of poor southern blacks.