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Bill O’Reilly Supports Gun Confiscation During Weather Emergencies – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on February 19, 2010

O’Reilly blew it here. The National Rifle Association (NRA) sued New Orleans and won over those gun confiscations. New Orleans broke the law and ended up paying the price for it. President Bush also signed an executive order forbidding the confiscation of firearms in a declared emergency.

The Second Amendment exists for events just like Katrina when civil enforcement breaks down and the law of the jungle takes over in the chaos.

What is even more interesting is that I specifically remember Bill O’Reilly stating that Katrina changed his views on gun control because of Katrina he learned that the government can’t protect you and you have to protect yourself. It seems O’Reilly changed his views to skewer this man from the Oathkeepers.

I called the NRA public relations office today and informed them of this. They were unaware of this because they were all at CPAC. They assured me that they will take action.

O’Reilly also took the position that it should never be the position of the soldier to determine what orders are legal and what orders are not. The man from Oathkeepers was correct in pointing out the Nuremberg trials where soldiers were prosecuted for following orders.

I am surprised that O’Reilly went into this interview so unprepared. I don’t know anything about this Oathkeepers group and if they are extreme or not, but on these two particular points of law the man with Oathkeepers is quite correct. The man from Oathkeepers should have been more assertive in the face of O’Reilly’s ignorance in this matter.

I sent the following letter to Bill O’Reilly:

Dear Bill,

When I was in basic training the military training instructors beat it into our heads that it was our duty to disobey an unlawful order. We were told with no ambiguity whatsoever that it was the individual soldiers responsibility to know the Constitution and the UCMJ (law and military law). We were also told that orders should never be an excuse for mission failure. In several wars plans and orders were rendered ineffective upon contact with the enemy, and that in the battlefield we may have to violate orders and improvise or come up with new plans on our own to complete the mission if circumstances demanded.

Chuck Norton
South Bend, Indiana

UPDATE – Wow the ignorance continues. There is no excuse for O’Reilly’s staff to have missed that a court of law ruled that the New Orleans state of emergency doe not allow the government to confiscate guns. A simple call to the NRA would have given them all the info they need, as would a lexis/nexis search. There is no excuse for O’Reilly and his staff to miss this. Tonight O’Reilly doubled down on this ignorance.

O’Reilly uses the example of Abe Lincoln revoking Habeas Corpus during the Civil War. The Constitution gives Congress the power to revoke Habeas Corpus not the President. Lincoln acted illegally and there is no excuse for blowing it on this simple point of history as well. O’Reilly’s argument is now basically thus, “you must obey an unlawful order until a court of law says that order is wrong”. That argument absolves the soldier and the police officer and the public servant from responsibility to their oath…until a court says so. That defense didn’t work in Nuremberg and it doesn’t work here.

I do not believe that a few years ago mistakes compounding mistakes that a few minutes of records and history searches would resolve would happen on the O’Reilly Factor. Someone is getting lazy and needs a kick in their complacency. This is journalistic incompetence in action.

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