Canada’s Royal Mounted Police exploited rising flood waters in the town of High River in Calgary as they seized firearms from the homes of evacuated residents. The floods were the result of extremely heavy rain.
On Thursday, according to the Calgary Herald, the RCMP confiscated a “substantial amount” of firearms under the pretext of controlling the weapons and storing them for safekeeping.
“We just want to make sure that all of those things are in a spot that we control, simply because of what they are,” said Sgt. Brian Topham told the newspaper.
Residents are outraged by the high-handed measure.
“I find that absolutely incredible that they have the right to go into a person’s belongings out of their home,” said resident Brenda Lackey. “When people find out about this there’s going to be untold hell to pay.”
“It’s just like Nazi Germany, just taking orders,” another resident yelled as the Mounties prevented residents from entering the town south of Calgary.
“This is the reason the U.S. has the right to bear arms,” another resident, Charles Timpano, said as he pointed at a group of Mounties blockading the town.
The move by the Canadian police is reminiscent of the brazen act of gun confiscation occurring in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. On September 8, New Orleans Police Superintendent Eddie Compass ordered local police, U.S. Army National Guard soldiers, and Deputy U.S. Marshals to confiscate all civilian-held firearms.
“No one will be able to be armed,” Compass declared. “Guns will be taken. Only law enforcement will be allowed to have guns.” Confiscation occurred without court-issued warrants and often with excessive force by police.
One instance of police brutality was captured on video when 58-year old New Orleans resident Patricia Konie was physically assaulted and arrested for refusing to surrender an old revolver to police who had entered her home in violation of the Fourth Amendment. The woman’s shoulder was fractured by police in the incident.
Government is predictably inimical to the concept of natural rights, especially in regard to the Second Amendment and firearms. It will invariably exploit a crisis to disarm the populace, as the incident in Canada once again demonstrates.