The Virgin Island's Governor, Kenneth Mapp, has signed an “Executive Order” which instructs the National Guard to seize privately owned guns, ammo, property, and explosives from the citizens in order to respond to dangers presented by Hurricane Irma.
Whilst the order still has to be approved by the Virgin Island's Justice Department, if it goes ahead it represents a uniquely interesting question about the government's powers. Nobody believes that Governor Mapp is trying to be tyrannical with this order, and there is no doubt that he is calling for this to better protect citizens, but should this even be a power that the government possesses?
This time, the power is being used as a reaction to a disaster (potential), but the power is in place and can be activated by a governor and the Justice Department, and this should give us cause for concern.
The right to own weapons is one of the key tenets of the Constitution and is there to prevent a tyrannical government from exceeding its mandate. This needs some serious consideration.
U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed an emergency order allowing the seizure of private guns, ammunition, explosives and property the National Guard may need to respond to Hurricane Irma.
Mapp signed the order Monday in preparation for Hurricane Irma. The order allows the Adjutant General of the Virgin Islands to seize private property they believe necessary to protect the islands, subject to approval by the territory’s Justice Department.
Mapp issued an emergency declaration Tuesday and mobilized National Guard units to prepare for the massive storm.
“This is not an opportunity to go outside and try to have fun with a hurricane,” Mapp said. “It’s not time to get on a surfboard.”
Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm Tuesday, with wind gusts hitting 175 miles an hour. Irma’s eye is expected to pass just north of the heart of the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday and bring four to eight inches or rain and 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts.
The National Hurricane Center is calling the storm “extremely dangerous.” Weather forecasters say Irma is headed towards the Florida coastline, and should bring devastating conditions to the region in the next four or five days.
GOP Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló both declared states of emergencies in anticipation of Irma.
Scott said President Donald Trump “offered the full resources of the federal government as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Irma.”
Irma comes more than one week after Hurricane Harvey brought devastating floods to the greater Houston area.
Click below to read a copy of the order:
H/T: Daily Caller