Wednesday, August 31, 2005

New Orleans, Looting & the Case for Gun Ownership

Michelle's coverage of the looting in New Orleans is the best argument for gun ownership I've ever seen.
Late Tuesday, Gov. Blanco spokeswoman Denise Bottcher described a disturbing scene unfolding in uptown New Orleans, where looters were trying to break into Children's Hospital.

Bottcher said the director of the hospital fears for the safety of the staff and the 100 kids inside the hospital. The director said the hospital is locked, but that the looters were trying to break in and had gathered outside the facility.

The director has sought help from the police, but, due to rising flood waters, police have not been able to respond.
I was in a children's hospital not long ago, and this is just plain evil. If just one doctor or nurse in that hospital had access to a loaded gun, the looters would disperse (all but one or two anyway). And no, the looters are not looking for food.
Looters swarmed the Wal-mart on Tchoupitoulas Street, often bypassing the food and drink section to steal wide-screen TVs, jewelry, bicycles and computers. Watching the sordid display and shaking his head in disgust, one firefighter said of the scene: "It’s a f---- hurricane, what are you gonna do with a basketball goal?"
There's no excuse for this crap.
Meanwhile, the folks at Kos are cheering on the looters:
"I'd loot too! It's quite insane there is no food, water, electricity or housing. I would take whatever is available to survive and make myself comfortable and not worry about paying for it.

I don't think people are stealing TV sets.

Where the hell is Bush. He should be there right now. The entire city of New Orleans is largely destroyed. That's reason enough for a President to appear"
Wrongo! These people most definitely ARE stealing TV sets. They are quite clearly planning to profit from this situation, and to the lunatics at Kos it's all Bush's fault, as usual. What would they have him do? Land his helicopter on the Superdome and part the waters like Moses did with the Red Sea? It's like they hate him for not being Superman.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like the joke goes, if Bush walked on water, the next day's headline would be "Bush Can't Swim"


7:22 PM  
Blogger dw said...

Good one. I hadn't heard that.

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what you would do if you were left with no communication to the outside world, with no access to food or water or medical aid. And what even worse with no real security from the so called authorities during the day and the pitch black chaotic night. My point here is that if you have never been put in that type of situation, which the majority of Amercans haven't, it's easy to judge to the looters as criminals.

Yea, looting is a crime but, abandoning Americans in there time of need like our government leaders have done is a far worse crime against humanity.

3:17 AM  

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