Frustrated by the continued failure of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Police Superintendent Warren Riley to comply with a federal injunction issued last September to halt illegal gun confiscations following Hurricane Katrina and return all seized firearms to their owners, the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association have filed a motion in federal court to have both Nagin and Riley held in contempt.The story pretty much says it all. The City of New Orleans is pretending that the NRA and SAF lawsuits concerning gun seizures will simply go away if they hide their head in the sand long enough and stonewall by refusing to admit that any firearms were seized. What they appear to have forgotten is that we have video of the policy announcement and at least two seizures. This is not going to go away.
Before 2004, it was illegal to own an assault weapon in America. You couldn't own them, you couldn't sell them, and if you were found doing either, you went to jail. But in 2004, the ban dropped, and our Congress failed to renew it (at the urging of the gun lobby).Reality: for the entirety of our history, Americans have been able to own "assault weapons". The assault weapons "ban" did not ban owning assault weapons, or even selling them, it only banned manufacturing them. Even that was ineffective, as manufacturers complied with the law by removing one or cosmetic features from each firearm and continuing to sell them legally. Even if you accept the premise that the assault weapons ban actually banned assault weapons, however, it was in effect for 10 years in a nation whose history extends for over 200; for 95% of our nation's history it has been perfectly legal to manufacture, sell, or own an assault weapon. Characterizing that with the blanket description of "before 2004" is so misleading as to qualify as a deliberate lie by omission, built on top of another deliberate, outright lie.
The gun guys like to say that criminals ignore laws, and of course they do. That's why they're criminals. But they can't ignore strong, blanket regulations on where and when they can obtain guns. They can't ignore gun laws like an assault weapons ban-- under that law, if you have an assault weapon, you're going to jail. Period.The so-called assault weapons ban criminalized the manufacture of so-called "assault weapons" following the date of the law, not their ownership, possession, or sale -- unless the ownership, possession, or sale involved one of the weapons manufactured after the law passed. Such post-ban weapons were designated "law enforcement only" and peasants could get in trouble for having one. But those manufactured before the ban were fully legal to possess or sell even while the ban was in effect.
Bouchard is probably not aware that civil rights can be violated without engaging in racial discrimination. For example, gun ownership is a civil right. But regardless, Bouchard's defense of his agents appears to be factually challenged:
"Our internal review has shown no evidence of misconduct or any concerns reflecting negatively on the integrity of our agents or our [other law enforcement agency] partners," Bouchard said.
"I listened to the allegations of racial profiling that were leveled against ATF and I can assure you they have no basis in fact," Bouchard said. "Our focus is on disrupting criminal activity without regard to the race [or] gender of those who appear to be engaged in unlawful acts."
Sure sounds like racial and sexual discrimination to me. Go ahead, read the whole thing. Freemarket News has another account, and points to an audio recording from JPFO. A similar program in Pittsburgh has police knocking on doors a week after the show and requesting to see the purchased gun -- an illegal search if I've ever heard of one.
As Cybercast News Service previously reported, numerous individuals claiming to be eye-witnesses or victims accused agents of targeting women, African-Americans and, in particular, African-American women for special scrutiny.
"If a woman showed up at my table, she was surrounded by law enforcement," said John White, a former law enforcement officer who now works as a gun dealer. "Every woman that makes a purchase, every woman who comes to my table to buy a gun was automatically [treated as] a 'straw purchaser.'"