Jo Ann Guidos outside the Kajun Pub
For years the liberals who always want to find a way to limit your gun rights have said.” We don’t want to confiscate your guns. We simply want to eliminate violence The government won’t confiscate your guns if you have a legitimate reason for having guns.” Those who have challenged this assessment have been accused of being paranoid nut cases.
Of course the areas with the more stringent gun control laws such as Washington D.C., Chicago Illinois, and other big cities have the highest murder rates (you can also equate this with Democrat control of the local government but that is another matter).
Now one wonders, if the wonderful Federal Government is not going to confiscate firearms from law abiding citizens how does one explain the case of New Orleans resident and small business owner Jo Ann Guidos.
You see Jo Ann Guidos owns one of those never closing establishments in the Latin Quarter of New Orleans. The name of her restaurant is Kajun’s Pub. After Hurricane Katrina, Guidos kept the Pub open despite having no electricity. She paid to have generators provide electricity. She provided food and cold beverages to nationwide volunteers who came to New Orleans. She kept the place open to the benefit of local people and outside volunteers.
The Kajun Pub is well known for a cordial atmosphere and the fact that the owner is a well trained gun owner who will defend her business against all law breakers.
Guidos stayed at her business while looters and arsonists destroyed property all around her business establishment.
Finally in September of 2008 Guidos decided that the authorities had enough control of the area so that she could take some time off. She was packing her car for a trip to Mississippi and put her shot gun into the car trunk when Federal Marshals ran up to her pointing M-16 rifles and demanding that she surrender her guns.
Jo Ann honestly answered all the question of the Federal authorities and they took her guns. This includes the shotguns and handguns she was legally entitled to own and which had protected her business and property for years.
Now 18 months later Jo Ann Guidos is getting no action despite the fact she has applied to the proper authorities in November of 2008 to return her property and no one knows who has her guns.
According to Guidos:
“My weapons were taken by the U.S. Marshals, and supposedly they were in federal custody and I was verbally told that the Feds transferred the weapons to New Orleans, but I cannot find out who transferred them and who received them. … There’s paperwork there somewhere that someone signed for. If I can get a copy of the transfer order, than I can at least either get my weapons back and/or the value back of the weapons [value approx. $3,000].”
Between New Orleans and Federal Authorities no one can figure out who has custody of Jo Ann Guidos Guns.
Guidos concluded, “I’m looking at it like it’s a lost case. Even if I did get an attorney to find out if they have the weapons and if they were transferred, then what? How long will it take and at what expense to me for $3,000 worth of weapons?
“I’m extremely disappointed in the whole lawsuit business here. We don’t want to bring it up all the time, because we just want to put it behind us, because this is America and isn’t supposed to happen. … It’s real easy to comply when you ain’t got nothin’.”
Guidos said she’s changed a few things since Katrina: “Number one – I have more guns now. I have all my paperwork in order on my weapons. And I’ll stay inside my building and I’ll be damned if anyone is going to take my guns from me again. I’m not going to let it happen again.
So much for the Liberal guarantee that no one will take your guns. In this case the government will not even give this citizen the monetary compensation for her stolen property.