Katrina Hero Refused To Confiscate Citizen’s Guns

A Salute to all those who refuse to disarm the American Citizens! Oath Keepers

We’ve heard the stories of Heroes, which, came out of the Katrina disaster. But here is a new one for you. I just received it today from my inbox where I get news of the Oath Keepers. While I cannot join them, having no military experience, I can salute them and support those associated with them.  This story needs to be trumpeted from the rooftops and given a Heroes due! There simply aren’t enough Heroes any more.

As you may, or may not know, the Oath Keepers support the Constitution and have 10 orders they have sworn never to obey should they receive them.  The Oath Keepers consist of active and retired military and law enforcement personnel. You can visit the Oath Keepers website where the full 10 orders they will not obey exist HERE:

Declaration of Orders We Will NOT Obey

Recognizing that we each swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and affirming that we are guardians of the Republic, of the principles in our Declaration of Independence, and of the rights of our people, we affirm and declare the following:

1. We will NOT obey any order to disarm the American people.

2. We will NOT obey any order to conduct warrantless searches of the American people, their homes, vehicles, papers, or effects – such as warrantless house-to house searches for weapons or persons.

3. We will NOT obey any order to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to trial by military tribunal.

4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state, or to enter with force into a state, without the express consent and invitation of that state’s legislature and governor.

5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty and declares the national government to be in violation of the compact by which that state entered the Union.

6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.

7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.

8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control” during any emergency, or under any other pretext. We will consider such use of foreign troops against our people to be an invasion and an act of war.

9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies, under any emergency pretext whatsoever.

10. We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.

There is a video, which, details these 10 promises brings tears to my eyes!  Nothing has made me feel so good about our country in a long, long time!  Please visit the Oath Keepers and support their efforts to enlighten all members of our armed forces. Most military individuals do not know about this group and are probably struggling with what they would do should they be asked to turn against We the People. They may be all that stands between us and annihilation should the unthinkable happen in this country.

Do you remember the video of the elderly woman terrorized and brutalized in her own home by police officers determined to disarm her?  Watch this video I was absolutely horrified to see how brutality the police of New Orleans, the Chief and his cronies, were in the ruthless, cruel, and vicious disarming of the populace of New Orleans.   You could tell they were on a power high and cared nothing for those helpless Citizens.  Serve and protect? Not with them in charge. Unfortunately, I have nothing good to say about that corrupt department.  I saw too many videos of those boys in action.  They personify what is wrong with our society today.  An article ran which told the world the gun seizures were illegal!

Search for Katrina pictures and the Chief brought up this picture. http://www.digitaljournal.com/img/9/0/1/2/2/1/i/5/2/2/o/SANY1563.JPG

There will always be bad cops, but there are also great cops, wonderful officers who CARE about the Citizens they work for and with.  I do not want to lump all cops in one barrel. Perhaps if New Orleans police department had had members of the Oath Keepers with them, things would have been a lot different.

A Hero story today from Yesterday:

I will re-post the email I received today here.


We know that wholesale gun confiscation happened during Hurricane Katrina. We watched the Chief of Police of New Orleans declare on national television that “no one [no private citizen] will be able to be armed, we’re going to take all the weapons.” We watched an old lady being tackled in her own kitchen and disarmed.

In fact, that atrocious event was one of the reasons I started Oath Keepers. But I also knew, from my service as an Army paratrooper, that there are men and women of courage, honor, and integrity in the military who would refuse to obey such orders. My goal with Oath Keepers is simply to increase their numbers and harden their resolve. But when it came to Katrina, we did not have concrete proof that some said no, until now.

A Stand-Up Example from Katrina Emerges

may_rhodesThis past week, on Friday May 14, 2010, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Staff Sergeant (SSG) Joshua L. May of the Utah National Guard who told me how he, along with the other men in his military intelligence unit, refused to participate in any gun confiscation while deployed to assist during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

I finally discovered SSG May and his story only after a speech I gave in Logan Utah on May 13, 2010, a local resident, Farley Anderson, walked up and told me about what SSG May had done. Upon hearing of it, I knew I had to talk to him so I had Mr. Anderson track down SSG May’s number and I called him at 11pm and invited him to breakfast the next morning. Until that night, SSG May hadn’t even heard of Oath Keepers (which is ironic since he is a shining example of an oath keeper). We met that very next morning, Friday, May 14, 2010. During breakfast, SSG May told me his story, and then I asked him if we could go outside and do a video interview in the restaurant parking lot. He agreed that his story needed to be told and the below video is the result.


This is the first of five parts to that interview we have now posted on YouTube. This first ten minute segment contains SSG May’s main statement of how, while deployed to assist during Hurricane Katrina, he, along with the majority of the men in his unit, informed their commander that they would not, under any circumstances, participate in gun confiscation.

Part 2
Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

I urge you to watch the other three parts which contain further details of SSG May’s experience in New Orleans, how he and his unit interacted with armed citizens who were simply defending their property (including a great story of his encounter with a former paratrooper bar owner who let it be known that NO ONE, not the President himself, was getting his guns), more details on how the chain of command reacted to the unit’s refusal, what SSG May thinks of the use of active duty Army during Katrina, about his experiences in Iraq and how they reinforced his commitment to supporting the Second Amendment, and what he thinks about his oath and the Constitution. SSG May is indeed a shining example of what it means to honor the oath, and it is important to know that he was not alone then, and is not alone today. There are many, many other SSG Mays out there. The mission of Oath Keepers is simply to increase their numbers and improve their understanding of the Constitution.

Tipping the Scales on the Side of the Constitution and the Rights of the People

As I have said from the day I founded Oath Keepers, we know that some will “just follow orders.” That is clear from the sad history of the human race, and is also clear from our own history. The internment of Japanese American rights during World War II shows that reality. And in the modern context, the result of LCDR Guy Cunningham’s 1994 Twentynine Palms Combat Arms Survey provided additional sobering evidence, since 26.2% of the Marines polled answered either “agree” or “strongly agree” when asked in the infamous Question 46 if they would fire on American citizens who resisted attempts at gun confiscation. And as already noted, what happened during Katrina shows that some will actually follow such a clearly unlawful, unconstitutional order. And that is why I started this organization to do my utmost to keep it from happening again.

However, I also know beyond a doubt that there are men and women of honor, deep courage, and true devotion to the Constitution in the service who would refuse to obey such orders. I know this because I served with some of them. The men I served with in the Airborne infantry would have been as willing to forfeit their lives or liberty by refusing such orders as they were willing to give their lives in combat.

And I know that there are still, to this day, many people of such honor, courage, and devotion in the military. The number of Bronze and Silver stars, and even Congressional Medals of Honor, being awarded today are a testament to the fact that this nation still has many young lions (and lionesses) of great courage in the service.

I, for one, cannot express enough gratitude to the Oath Keepers and those who uphold the Constitution for what it is, the highest Law of the Land. It is my hope that those reading this will help support these courageous men and women by donating to their cause for it is our cause.  Visit the website and click on the Donate button.

Think about what happened in Katrina, then imagine that some of the States secede from the union.  The acting POTUS and congress decide that isn’t going to happen and they call up the National Guard, bring home our military or call in foreign troops to stop the process.  Wouldn’t you want the ranks of these soldiers filled with Oath Keepers?  Is it so far fetched to see the illegitimate government calling up Mexico’s troops to squash rebellion here?  Frankly, I cannot see those corrupt officials in Washington calmly waking away from their power highs.

This country was born in blood, it may dissolve the same way.  There is too much proof out there that our current government is working on an  illegal agenda.  Need some proof?  Read this article:

Obama’s Eligibility: Here’s Your Sign!

-Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party did not certify that Obama qualified to run as a candidate for President of the U.S., but only that Obama was the Democratic Party candidate;

-the news media previously and numerously referred to Obama as “Kenya-born” before he ran for President. Afterwards, “Kenya-born” was dropped;

-Obama has spent over 2 million dollars in hiding what they say exists (his birth certificate) and supposedly have in hand;

-the Justice Department is doing everything they possibly can to keep Americans from pursing Obama’s eligibility in court;

federal judges have dismissed over 400 hundred court cases on Obama’s eligibility, ruling that these citizens do not have standing to know who is acting as President of the U.S.;

-Michelle Obama has described Barak’s home as being the country of Kenya;

Multiple Citizen Grand Jury’s have been convened and found Obama guilty of treason already.

Not enough for you? How about all the legislation being considered lately like S.B. 3081 which will strip Citizens of their Citizenship should they associate with “extreme right wing groups.”  And of course, it is the government who will decide what groups are terrorists.  Does it surprise anyone that John McCain is one of the sponsors of this foul legislation?  John McCain wants to run for president next time around and is on the ballot here in Arizona to stay in office.  Let’s show this bum what we think of him and his SB 3081!  John McCain’s office has no comment on this bill when I called and asked about it.  Hmmm, wonder why?

How about the cap and trade BS where they try to tell us that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and is poisoning the earth.  The absurd nature of this claim, (which is really all about control, not science), boggles the mind.  What we breath out, plants breath in.

If they truly wished to help this earth they would release the technology we’ve had for over 60 years of corroborators able to go 200 miles or more on a gallon of gas. Guess what the price at the pump would be?

Electric vehicles with no need for oil products.  These patents and more already exist.  They have been pulled from the public in order to continue business as usual and keep up profits.

Pass legislation which demands stiff penalties for shoddy parts on oil rigs and ships, especially if it causes a spill.  The companies making trillions of dollars a year getting fined a few thousand dollars don’t even notice it.  Right now the fines are so minor that there is no incentive for these giants to become safety conscious.

Right now corruption is rampant in Washington D.C.  They will not change unless we make them.  Vote out all incumbents.  Change the face of the federal government.


~ by justmytruth on May 18, 2010.

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