New Orleans As A Case Study ... As if
September 27th 2005
New Orleans Case
Gun confiscation in New Orleans . . . gun buying spree in other
cities . . . No doubt New Orleans in its aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina will be useful as a case study for future management models.
But with another Commission, will they really learn anything? Itís
going to be hard to learn anything if people are working to hide the
facts and if the Commission ignores the People.
My fear us that the gun confiscation in New Orleans was merely a
trial balloon to see how the public would handle a major move in gun
control. Gun control isnít moving fast enough, so with the very next
emergency itíll be tried in order to see the reaction. That
emergency came in Katrina. A lot of people believed that an
emergency would be cover to confiscate guns. Then it happened. It
was a cover to confiscate guns.
On the grounds that were enunciated, there was no emergency. At
least not one that would make confiscating guns the answer connected
in any way to safety when personal weapons were the same mainstay
they have always been in time of local thugs / no cops combination.
thatís the trick. Officials like to justify their acts of intrusion,
imposition and interference by a twisted association with an
immediate community need; as usual, itís a non-sequitur because
those guns so confiscated were not hostile to the military, the
police nor EMS: they were, in fact, the first line of defense in
keeping the neighborhood safer while the first responders took a
powder earlier for a few days, remember?
And they were taken away. But this was no accident of
good intentions. It hardly ever is. And officials donít really
care what constituents think, anyway, on this subject. Theyíll blow
it off somehow. The Commission will be a fraud, if there even is
Remember that the official who looks himself/herself in the mirror
must say, "I donít believe in the use of deadly force in protecting
myself or others, and I interfere with the right of others to
self-defense. As an official of our government, I wonít let you rely
on yourself to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community,
even though we canít protect people, because we want you to rely on
us. My job is to get you to depend on us."
Some of the most feared words are, "Iím from the government and Iím
here to help you." And if they donít get your cooperation, they use
It wasnít FEMA that messed this up. FEMA has too much experience at
previous hurricanes to have bungled this, irrespective of whoís at
the helm. FEMA is not a first responder, and FEMA has too much
aggregate experience to be to blame. My complaint with the former
head of FEMA was that he announced that they didnít expect this kind
of lawlessness. But homeowners could foresee it. And were ignored,
and worse, disarmed. Makes sense if you want people to depend on you
As a Paramedic, I know that the responsibility for first response is
local, then state. When the professionals tell you that you need to
have more than 72-hours of supplies, this is what they mean. I
recommend 30-days of supplies, weatherproof and thugproof.
Websites describe local preparedness programs. Ask your Congress
Critter for whatís operating in your locale and what you can do, and
equally, what they do and do not do. It's amazing the plans that are
in place at the local level.
When I was a boy, my father said to me that nobody cares. I mention
this in my book. What he taught me was that nobody cares as much as
I do about me. Nobody cares about our household as much as we do.
This is not a bad way to raise a boy into a man in self-reliance and
to imbue into a household. Because if you wait for others to act,
you might as well give them the keys to your life. Or your chains.
And then the outrage comes. Letís be sure to make this a part of it
all: donít take guns from the law-abiding. They are the first line
of defense in recovery, and it signals that they were not such a
casualty in that area as to be defenseless..until you took their
means, which compels a wrongful, further, detrimental reliance on
By force, if necessary, it seems. And I can guess why.
Blame is something we apply in investigations, for if we donít, then
we wonít learn a thing. If you don't idenfity the cause, how do you
know the first half of any problem? Blame plays a role.
The City and the State delayed, intentionally. The Gubner said she
was afraid the President would chastise her, according to some
reports, so she took the wait-and-see approach. The Mare says he
couldnít get the help he needed; hard to do when people bail on you,
if that was the case.
I have always been an advocate of citizen involvement, and less
imposition of officials on the because-we-say-so form of governance.
This is what is operating for now. This is the classic case of
officials being out of touch with our realities, and governing
against the will of the people, what weíve always feared.
The answer is simple: do what the constituents want in preparedness
for the sake of their community recovery in time of disaster.
Citizen participation in recovery is key, and obstructing it for
disingenuous reasons is to be self-serving, a disease of officials.
The time to implement this policy is now, in the wake of this
disaster to make it right, not to wait for the next one.
This means food banks, preparedness of prescription medicines, safe
location of it all in strategically located buildings, redundancies
where indicated, alternative shelters ó perhaps some of those domes
that are so successful in Los Angeles Ė they can withstand high
winds that the tents cannot, and more hurricanes are always on the
way [visit Dome Village
here] Ė and most of all, a lot
more civilian input. This means that you donít tell us, we tell you.
And when it comes to weapons, you never, ever take them away from
the law-abiding, the constituent.
When is an emergency not a cover for a gun confiscation? When it's
not done at all.
Now give them back as a demonstration of good faith.
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John Longenecker is a former Los
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