Or, at least, this is the 'second phase' of the Third Battle of New Orleans.
It looks like we're now fighting a two front war, one in Iraq and the other in New Orleans. In response to a ridiculous uptick in crime, specifically the quintuple homicide in Central City, Mayor Ray Nagin, the City Council and Governor Katherine Blanco are trying to call up 300 National Guard troops to assist in re-securing the city. 60 state police officers have already been authorized.
This is why I'm a pretty staunch 2nd Amendment Liberal. Praise the environment and pass the ammunition. I wonder how long it will take for people to realize that the government can try to protect you, but it all starts with you protecting yourself. Even if you don't want to own a gun (I don't, yet), at least be vigilant and aware of what is going on around you. I wonder how far we are from seeing New Orleans Civil Defense Militias springing up to work with police and the National Guard and keep their own neighborhoods secure.