Monday, June 19, 2006

Fourth Battle of New Orleans

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.


S.A.W.B. said...

When you get around to acquiring your hand-cannon, might I suggest this?

Remember, kids, it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the hole you leave in the other guy...

Fishplate said...

The mayor and Council also said they plan to reinstitute a curfew for the city’s youth, from 11 p.m. or midnight until dawn, despite some concerns over how the city will house violators overnight.

Lock 'em up in the Superdome!

Or better yet, put 'em on a bus to Houston...

Schroeder said...

It might just be my imagination, and I really do hate to stir up a race debate, but wasn't it ironic that a lot of whites were murdered before the decision was made to bring back the National Guard and state police? It wasn't until five black teenagers were killed that the chocolate city mayor decided to call in the National Guard. Coincidence? I'll just say it's promising that anyone is finally doing something about blacks getting killed in the city, but it's unfortunate that it took so long for the mayor and chief of police to do anything. Oliver Thomas for mayor anyone? I wonder if Nagin would have done anything at all if Thomas hadn't done something.

Patrick Armstrong said...

That's a pretty rough sentiment, and a tough issue to look at.

I think it had more to do with the fact that before last weekend, you heard about killings in ones and twos, and in a city with the New Orleans' reputation (not unlike Savannah, for some reason) those crimes can generally be ignored by the powers that be.

Shame to say, I admit.

You have a quintuple homicide, however, as the climax of a week where even more were killed, and it starts to grab serious attnention.