An emergency order has been signed by the U.S. Virgin Islands Gov.Kenneth Mapp allowing the National Guard to seize guns, ammunition, explosives and property that they need in order to respond to Hurricane Irma.
The government of the U.S. Virgin Islands declared its commitment to helping everyone get through this tough time by authorizing the Virgin Islands National Guard to steal anything from the people that they believe necessary to protect the islands
So is stealing from people in need really going to help those people?
The National Rifle Association announced its “strong opposition” to Mapp’s order in a press release on Tuesday. They have threatened a lawsuit.
“People need the ability to protect themselves during times of natural disaster,” the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action said. “This dangerous order violates the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and puts their lives at risk.”
The Daily Caller reports:
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.