NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch appeared on Tucker Carlson and gave the Second Amendment protection group's response to reports that the Virgin Islands has been confiscating guns amidst Hurricane Irma.
The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands has denied the gun confiscation claims.
“I watched you question the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands,” Loesch said. “And just as you were, I was also confused, and so are many millions of members of the NRA, because there was a lot of discussion.”
“What on Earth does he mean that 'he only was allowing the National Guard to procure firearms and ammunition for use in these emergency purposes'? Because, Tucker, and you quoted the statement that this governor himself released, he was allowing — he used the word 'seized' firearms. He didn’t say 'procure' firearms, he said 'seized' firearms ... He used the word 'seized.'”
“You wouldn't need the authority to seize weapons from your own armory, of course, which is what he was trying to say,” Tucker responded. "The fact remains, that we’ve seen this in other natural disasters ... the police force there was authorized to do it.
“What bothers me most,” Carlson continued. “It really is confirmation that a lot of the pro-Second Amendment people have a right to be worried about gun registration if governments are going to use natural disasters as a pretext for violating your Second Amendment rights, maybe you’re not paranoid. Maybe the concerns are legitimate.”
“You’re spot on, Tucker,” Loesch replied. “During Katrina, I will never forget Superintendent Edwin Compass who was saying, 'you're not going to be able to walk around New Orleans armed, you're not going to be able to be armed with this disaster.'”
“There was actual firearm confiscation that took place,” Loesch continued. “And it took the NRA getting involved legally in order to put a stop to this, and to put pressure on these officials who were disarming law-abiding citizens who simply wanted to be able to protect themselves at a time, Tucker, when you had first responders and law enforcement were completely overwhelmed with search and rescue missions of their own. And that is exactly what law-abiding Second Amendment practitioners are standing up for right now.”
According to a formal statement from NRA-ILA, “The NRA is prepared to engage the legal system to halt the unconstitutional order.”
Watch the entire clip below.