Wed Sep 21, 2005 5:42 pm
Katrina Educates World on Need for Owning Guns
By Erich Pratt, Gun Owners of America
14 September 2005
Press reports described how life-long gun control supporters were even running to gun stores to buy an item they never thought they would need -- a gun. Tragically, they were surprised (and outraged!) to learn there was a 15-day waiting period upon firearms.
“All our operators are busy right now. Please remain on the line
and an operator will be with you shortly. Your call is important
Can you imagine any words more horrifying after dialing 9-1-1?
Your life’s in danger, but there’s no one available to help you.
For several days, life was absolutely terrifying for many New
Orleans residents who got stranded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. There were no operators … there were no phone calls being handled.
Heck, there was no 9-1-1. Even if the phone lines had been working, there were no police officers waiting to be dispatched.
Hundreds of New Orleans police officers had fled the city. Some
took their badges and threw them out the windows of their cars as
they sped away. Others participated in the looting of the city.
To be sure, there are many officers who have acted honorably. Many have given their best effort to apprehend dangerous thugs, even while grieving the loss of their own family members.
But thousands of residents were trapped inside a city, forced to
fend for their own safety and well-being.
“It was pandemonium for a couple of nights,” said Charlie Hackett, a New Orleans resident. “We just felt that when they got done with
the stores, they’d come to the homes.”
Hackett was right . . . which is why he and his neighbor, John
Carolan, stood guard over their homes to ward off looters who,
rummaging through the neighborhoods, were smashing windows and ransacking stores.
Armed looters did eventually come to Carolan’s house and demanded his generator. But Carolan showed them his gun and they left.
No wonder then that gun stores, which weren’t under water, were
selling firearms at a record pace to people looking to defend
themselves. “I’ve got people like you wouldn’t believe, lots of
people, coming in and buying handguns,” said Briley Reed, the
assistant manager of the E-Z Pawn store in Baton Rouge.
“I’ve even had soldiers coming in here buying guns,” Reed said.
Indeed, firearms were the hottest commodity in the days following
the massive destruction. In Gulf Port, Mississippi, Ron Roland,
51, used his firearm to stop looters from rummaging through his
Roland and his son even performed a citizen’s arrest on one
plunderer and then warned future thieves by posting the following
message in his yard: “NO TRESPASSERS! ARMED HOMEOWNERS.”
Signs like this were common throughout the Gulf Coast region in
the days following Katrina. And it should serve as a reminder
to us that the police can’t always be there to protect us.
We should have learned this lesson more than a decade ago when
the entire country saw horrifying images during the Los Angeles
riots of 1992.
For several days, that city was in complete turmoil as stores
were looted and burned. Motorists were dragged from their cars
Further aggravating the situation, police were very slow in
responding to the crisis. Many Guardsmen, after being mobilized
to the affected areas, sat by and watched the violence because
their rifles were low on ammunition.
But not everybody in Los Angeles suffered. In some of the hot
spots, Korean merchants were able to successfully protect their
stores with semi-automatic firearms.
In areas where armed citizens banded together for self-protection,
their businesses were spared while others (which were left
unprotected) burned to the ground.
Press reports described how life-long gun control supporters were
even running to gun stores to buy an item they never thought they
would need -- a gun. Tragically, they were surprised (and
outraged!) to learn there was a 15-day waiting period upon firearms.
Fast forward more than a decade, it seems we still haven’t learned
the lessons from previous tragedies. Rather than arming the poor,
defenseless survivors that are stranded in New Orleans, Police
Superintendent Edwin Compass III has actually ordered the very
opposite -- the confiscation of legally-owned firearms!
These guns were the only thing that prevented good people from
becoming victims in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
But now, will the police superintendent provide 24-hour,
round-the-clock protection for each of these disarmed families?
Will he make himself personally liable for anyone who is injured
or killed as a result of being prevented from defending himself
or his family?
When your life is in danger, you don’t want to rely on a police
force that is stretched way too thin. And the last thing you
want to hear when you call 9-1-1 is, “All our operators are busy
That might just be the last thing you ever hear.
Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:24 pm
The problem is that there are many on this board who support the Police looting and will shamelessly step up to proclaim it!
Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:46 pm
genesim wrote:The problem is that there are many on this board who support the Police looting and will shamelessly step up to proclaim it!
"Many"? And who were these FECCers who supported "police looting"?
I must have missed it, Mr. "TRUTH."
Last edited by Gregory Nolan Jr. on Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:48 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:47 pm
Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:55 pm
I was typing a post..thank you very much.
I am specifically talking about Maurice and Jeff D who came right out and said it.
Now through deductive reasoning, To, your stance usually falls right in line with Maurice..after all lately he has made alot of sense.
Though I am glad to see that some have stood up and proclaimed there is a line that they do not cross....
So back to the lack of hurricane relief being Bush's fault...gee I wonder if the law and order have anything to do with it?