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Be afraid of the executive order

Posted: January 29, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 29, 2013 2:00 a.m.





Vice President Joe Biden is hosting hearings on gun control that are said to include all concerned parties, including the National Rifle Association.


I think this is all wonderful, and I am sure the NRA gave the vice president a good listening-to.


But let’s face it: everything has been said before and nothing enlightening will come of this extremely short process except what is desired by the White House.


The one thing that has surfaced is talk of using executive orders to implement the findings of Biden’s committee. This to me is very scary because I was born prior to WWII and my last name ends in a vowel (Italian), so part of my personal history was the effects of FDR signing Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, which set up exclusion zones and ultimately led to the internment of Japanese, Italians and Germans in the United States.


Besides their internment, personal property was seized, assets were frozen, all under the president’s signature on Executive Order 9066.


Part of the personal property seized was small-caliber hunting rifles used by farmers for rodent control, as well as any other firearms in the possession of these folks.


The war ended in 1945, but these innocent victims of the executive order are still waiting to get their guns back.


There were no guns in my house, but there was a beautiful radio capable of receiving both long and shortwave signals. We were from the East Coast so my mom tried to listen to opera from Italy on the shortwave band.


My dad was so afraid of the radio being confiscated that he ruined the dial trying to erase the shortwave portion with acetone so the authorities wouldn’t seize it.


This is what can and did happen under the umbrella of an executive order. Be afraid.


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