I don’t understand why some communities feel the need to restrict guns in the midst of a hurricane, but they do. I mean, it’s a time when there is virtually no police on the road and when it’s unlikely there will be any crime regardless of the lack of a law enforcement presence. Let’s face it; a hurricane isn’t exactly a lot of fun to be out and about in.
I’ve done it, but no one has ever accused me of exercising good judgment in such instances, for one thing. For another, they were barely hurricane strength when they got here, so it wasn’t as bad as other places.
Most people don’t. But immediately after the hurricane, though, things can be different.
WILMINGTON, NC & SACRAMENTO, CA (September 11, 2018) — Today, Firearms Policy Coalition and Firearms Policy Foundation announced a pre-litigation demand letter sent today to the Town of Leland, North Carolina, regarding the municipality’s order banning some lawful and constitutionally protected firearm-related conduct in advance of Hurricane Florence. Yesterday, the Town issued an order stating that, “Effective at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, the transportation or possession, or the sale or purchase of any dangerous weapon or substance, while off one’s own premises, is prohibited.”
The civil rights groups say that the order is unconstitutional. In addition to expressing concerns about the order’s impact on Second Amendment rights, the demand letter characterized the Town’s order as “unconstitutionally vague,” saying that it “sets the stage for arbitrary or discriminatory enforcement since those enforcing the prohibition could apply various and conflicting interpretations.”
“The Town’s prohibition could well increase vulnerability to damage, injury, or loss of life or property, by chilling the otherwise lawful use and possession of firearms and ammunition in the protection of oneself or one’s property during these times – rights expressly preserved under the state law in the event of such states of emergency,” the demand letter argues.
“Leland’s State of Emergency Notice should immediately be amended to strike the offending language creating this unlawful and unconstitutional weapons prohibition. Should the Town fail to do so, and/or attempt to enforce the same against any resident, it stands exposed to civil actions for declaratory and injunctive relief, and monetary damages,” said attorney Raymond DiGuiseppe on behalf of the groups.
Effective at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, the transportation or possession, or the sale or purchase of dangerous weapons or substances, while off one’s own premises, is prohibited. This prohibition and restriction does not apply to lawfully possessed firearms or ammunition.
That’s a bit better.
However, it still doesn’t explain just why there’s even a mention of firearms. They’re basically saying, “If you’re obeying the law with your guns, you’re good. But if you’re illegally carrying a gun, you’re in double the amount of trouble.” I’m willing to take a stab in the dark and argue that those who are going to possess and carry unlawfully aren’t going to worry too much about what the government is saying at that moment.
I can’t help but wonder if the restriction was intended, then when they faced a pushback and legal action, they pulled the “Oh, no, we didn’t mean it that way” bit.
Regardless, I’m still left wondering why communities try this so often. Do they think it’ll work? Especially at a time when people are more likely to need their guns?
Australian cartoonist Mark Knight was hit with massive backlash for depicting tennis superstar Serena Williams' US Open meltdown on Saturday in a cartoon for the Herald Sun.
Knight was immediately knocked as racist and sexist for drawing an angry Williams with exaggerated features stomping on her tennis racket with a pacifier nearby on the court. In the background, the chair umpire is shown asking 20-year-old Naomi Osaka, "Can you just let her win?"
But Knight is refusing to apologize and standing by his drawing, as are his colleagues at the Herald Sun. "It had nothing to do with gender or race," the seasoned cartoonist explained in a video for the paper.
"I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the US Open final, and seeing the world’s best tennis player have a tantrum and thought that was interesting," Knight said. "The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behaviour on the day, not about race. The world has just gone crazy."
Critics were offended by the depiction of Williams in particular, suggesting she was drawn as a "racist caricature." Others highlighted the "whitewashed" depiction of Osaka, who has Haitian and Japanese heritage; in the cartoon she has blonde hair and looks "white."
Fellow cartoonists and Herald Sun editors, however, have come to the defense of Knight, slamming the backlash as evidence that the world has become too "PC" (politically correct).
As noted by the Herald Sun, fellow cartoonist Michael Leunig said Knight's cartoon was not offensive, but truthful.
"I saw Knight’s cartoon and was not offended or angered. I saw nothing abusive or malicious. In fact there is truth at the heart of it," said Leunig. "It’s getting harder to be a cartoonist in this crazy anxious world — in this fragile angry humourless environment where leniency and understanding are in dangerous decline, and where psychic infections spread chaotically on social media with terrible consequences."
Cartoonist Paul Zanetti said he was stunned by the backlash Knight received. "All he has done as cartoonists do is tell the truth. All he did was depict her in satirical manner," said Zanetti. "It’s PC madness."
"[Knight's] cartoon is not racist or sexist .... it rightly mocks poor behavior by a tennis legend ... Mark has the full support of everyone," echoed Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston.
"World’s gone mad when cartoonist is targeted for saying tennis player spat the dummy-so sick of PC BS as too many confect an issue to be outraged about-that’s what this is about ... Mark Knight’s a man of the greatest character-proud he’s in our paper," said Herald Sun Sunday Editor Nick Papps.
World’s gone mad when cartoonist is targeted for saying tennis player spat the dummy-so sick of PC BS as too many confect an issue to be outraged about-that’s what this is about with @Knightcartoons,Mark Knight’s a man of the greatest character-proud he’s in our paper
Australia’s finest cartoonist Mark Knight has the strongest support of his colleagues for his depiction of Serena Williams’ petulance. It’s about bad behaviour, certainly not race. The PC brigade are way off the mark...again.