Post-Storm Brooklyn Looting Shows Importance Of Gun Rights

Second Amendment Foundation
Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA –-( Looting in Brooklyn, N.Y. as Hurricane Sandy moved out underscores the importance of the right to keep and bear arms, especially in an emergency, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

“A story in today’s Huffington Post tells about a pharmacy worker who could only watch as people started walking down the street robbing stores,” said SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “But so many shopkeepers are defenseless to stop this, thanks to the anti-gun policies of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“After this,” he mused, “should anyone wonder why we are suing Bloomberg and the City of New York over their handgun permitting process?”

The Huffington Post said looting began even before flood waters had subsided. Thieves stole from drug stores, banks and other shops. One pharmacy manager said the storm and looting “breaks the business.”

“People should be able to protect their lives and livelihoods,” Gottlieb observed, “especially in the wake of a natural disaster. Despite one report that there is a New York cop stationed on every block, business owners must have the means to defend what’s theirs.”

He recalled that in 2005, SAF successfully sued the City of New Orleans to halt illegal firearm confiscations when social order completely broke down and citizens were on their own for days after Hurricane Katrina.

“Our prayers are with the victims of this disaster all along the East Coast,” Gottlieb said. “We encourage all Americans to support relief efforts however they can.

“But,” he added, “we also hold Bloomberg and his cronies, and their counterparts in New Jersey, partly accountable for losses to looters because business and property owners have been continually deprived of the means to discourage or stop looters.

“People have lost a lot,” he concluded. “They should not lose what’s left because of regressive anti-gun laws that have been perpetuated by Bloomberg and others to keep them defenseless.”

The Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. In addition to the landmark McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court Case, SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; New Orleans; Chicago and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and numerous amicus briefs holding the Second Amendment as an individual right.

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Silas Longshot

Where the basic rights of men to defend themselves is limited, crime and villainy flourish. Cash out your business losses thru insurance and move to gun friendly cities.

S Michael DeHart

I bet a lot of these small businesses shutter for good and never reopen or move to a more gun friendly local.


I live in SWC Florida and I like almost 1 million others here carry a gun every where I go. the scum here know if they loot, we will shoot!

Steve packing 24/7/365 in sunny SWC FL

Ivan Vail

I guess there is no way to convince most of these Democrats in the Constituional right of free citizens. They are just to ignorant. But you can bet Bloomberg has his body guards armed….!!!!


I thought "Lionel" said it very well last night. Big guns-big mags-shotguns and assault weapons. The 2nd Amendment…Our last best hope.

George Will (no friend of gun owners) once said that if the 2nd Amendment was treated by the courts the way the other Amendments are, it would be illegal NOT to own a gun!