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New Orleans As A Case Study ... As if

September 27th 2005

New Orleans As A Case Study ... As if

New Orleans Case Study

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.

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And 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 one.

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 force.

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 alone.

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 government.

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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By John Longenecker
John Longenecker is a former Los Angeles Paramedic, now a businessman, commentator and author. Visit his nationwide concealed and carry website.  John publishes his articles to this blog.

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