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U.S. Virgin Islands Gov.: Order to ‘Seize Arms’ Does Not Mean ‘Seize Arms’

U.S. Virgin Islands Gov.: Order to ‘Seize Arms’ Does Not Mean ‘Seize Arms’

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by AWR Hawkins

During a September 6 interview by Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp suggested his order directing The Adjutant General of the Virgin Islands National Guard to “seize arms” does not mean “seize arms.”

Mapp said this after signing an order that activated the National Guard and directed The Adjutant General to “seize arms” if necessary.

The Times-Picayune reported that Mapp called the National Guard to active duty ahead of Hurricane Irma for the purposes of “maintaining and restoring public order.” They quoted directly from the order, which said, “The Adjutant General is authorized and directed to seize arms, ammunition, explosives, incendiary material and any other property that may be required by the military forces for the performance of this emergency mission.”

Tucker Carlson asked Mapp about directing to The Adjutant General to “seize arms” and Mapp said, “I did not order or authorize The Adjutant General of the Virgin Islands National Guard to seize any weapons from any citizens, and I do not have the power by Virgins Islands law or by the Constitution of the United States to seize weapons from citizens via the military.”

Mapp then said the order is “a standing order that most Adjutant Generals receive.” He said that, when the order says The Adjutant General may “seize arms,” it means: “if they did not have sufficient weaponry, they would go to any place, like a store, [where] they could buy that stuff. Meaning that she has the authorization to spend government resources and acquire it. It is no different than the same example as when the government seizes property, we do not seize property without due compensation to the property owner.”

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  1. First he is a blatant liar, second the order says sieze. If he meant purchase, then the order should read otherwise. This guy is a double speaking 20th century Stalinist. Maybe worse.

  2. I’ve never understood why political lawless individuals like this Somali styled governor are not sued. Made liable for putting the public at risk if those who would do harm during a disaster. With 1,600,00 attorneys practicing law none seem to weigh in…other than Rhodes. Gerry Spense types.

    1. I love Spence! Not just for his successes (Silkwood Weaver, etc.), but when OJ probably “Did It,” the media whores would get him on there and try to get his opinion of Guilt/ or not. He would simply say, “we have to see what the evidence tells us, and even then it’s up to a jury.” That was summarized of course.

      He always falls off to “Innocent until guilty without a reasonable doubt.” We need more like him. Principled!

  3. I think this Governor is told by those whose arms he is trying to seize that they are not persons or natural persons, individuals, or entities, who you can control; we are human beings and your statutes do not address human beings.

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