Back in the late August madness of the post-Katrina devastation, this blog fretted over the illegal confiscation of legally-held firearms in New Orleans (here http://jerseynut.blogspot.com/2005/09/authorities-confiscating-legal.html and here http://jerseynut.blogspot.com/2005/09/ghoulish-media-second-amendment.html) and wondered why the NRA did not rise up to defend Americans' Second Amendment rights. Well, they did, and we "gun-nuts" were found to be in the right:
The United States District Court for the Eastern District in Louisiana today sided with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and issued a restraining order to bar further gun confiscations from peaceable and law-abiding victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans...
Joining LaPierre in hailing the U.S. District Court decision was NRA chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox. “This is an important victory. But the battle is not over. The NRA will remedy state emergency statutes in all 50 states, if needed, to ensure that this injustice does not happen again."
The NRA also pledged that it will continue its work to ensure that every single firearm arbitrarily and unlawfully seized under this directive is returned to the rightful law-abiding owner.
Now, if this was a ruling favoring abortion rights, or gay marriage, or the right of a terrorist to a lawyer (all so clearly deliniated in the Constitution), this would be front page news in the mainstream media. Haven't heard a peep out of them; I guess their favored "implied" rights trump those actually written into our Constitution.
Doesn't matter whether or not they report it; this is still a win for freedom that they cannot overturn with a swarmy op-ed piece...
Link to NRA press release here: http://www.nraila.org/News/Read/Releases.aspx?ID=6539