Thursday, October 06, 2005

FEMA: Far From Fixing Faux Pas’

Just recently, FEMA relieved some rescue workers of their duty when they were informed that the volunteers were armed. Phoenix had sent four police officers that were deputized as US Marshals to help protect fire fighters and other relief workers during the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. These police officers were removed from duty when FEMA informed them that regulations barred them from being armed according to Arizona Central.

Both the NRA and other similar groups are up in arms (no pun intended) over the matter. After days of looting and lawlessness, the fire fighters undoubtedly prefer protection. Due to this current idiocy on the part of FEMA, Phoenix is now considering a halt in their assistance.

The real reason I’m covering this is because reciprocity isn’t being considered. One of our local talk shows, The Schnitt Show, covered this issue with a caller. Reciprocity is an agreement of two or more states that their laws will hold true across borders. I reside in Florida where we have the right to carry and Louisiana agreed on the reciprocity of this law. With that said, perhaps I should go and protect the relief workers. I can carry a weapon in LA and FEMA couldn’t stop me. Kind of funny how a civilian can carry a gun while deputized US Marshals are relieved of their duty. In the words of Donald Trump: FEMA "You’re fired!"

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