Enough’s Enough

Reports are coming in that the Superdome evacuation had to be stopped because looters are shooting at the rescue helicopters.

New Orleans has always had a terrible crime problem. It’s gotten marginally better over the last five years, but all semblance of law and order has completely broken down now. The only people left in the city, give or take a few relief workers and toughing-it-out property owners, are the most ruthless of the predators and the weakest of prey.

This isn’t street crime any more. This is barbarism. Enough playing nice. Send in the troops, with orders to shoot looters on sight. This has to end. Today.

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32 Responses to “Enough’s Enough”

  1. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Will Collier
    RE: Barbarism???!?!?!!!!

    “This isn’t street crime any more. This is barbarism. Enough playing nice. Send in the troops, with orders to shoot looters on sight. This has to end. Today.” — Will Collier

    Effective. But it sure shoots numerous holes in the anti-gun lobby. And this governor is a Democrat. I’ll bet that won’t play well with the lefties, let alone the nation, in next years elections.

    Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place….she’s there.

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)
    P.S. They didn’t call that Colt revolver “peacemaker” for no reason.

  2. Chuck Pelto Says:

    P.P.S. It’s hard to get the law enforcment officers to shoot the looters when they’ve got their own hands so full.

  3. Tim P Says:

    The governor needs to get troops in there now. This is getting way out of hand.
    I can’t fault people for taking bread, water, other food and neccesities in order to survive. However, TV’s other folks belongings that they had to leave behind is theft.
    Looting nursing homes and trying to loot a children’s hospital is barabrism. It needs to be crushed.

    Martial law should be declared and some of the helicopters diverted to dispatching troops into areas worst affected to establish order. That means shoot to kill any looters or other criminals. The longer they wait, the worst if gets.

  4. A Stitch in Haste Says:

    “Looting” versus “Private Necessity”

    loot:

    –vt
    1. To rob especially during or following a catastrophe (as war, riot, or natural disaster)
    2. To rob especially on a large scale and usually by violence or corruption

    –vi
    To engage in robbi…

  5. Osamabladen Says:

    Someone has been watching too much Fox News; hence this inane thread.
    Yes, there is looting. Yes there are low life folks out there.
    But shooting them? Make them stay in the Astrodome since it will be empty by the end of the week. They can loot eachother.
    I am so tired of solutions based on shooting people. We are smarter than that…I hope.

  6. richard mcenroe Says:

    New Orleans cops are so notoriously corrupt that they’ve been caught pulling armed robberies in uniform… BEFORE Katrina.

    Get the Guard in there, and the White House should give serious thought to an Executive Order suspending the Posse Commitatus Act so that regular troops can be sent in.

  7. Severian Says:

    It’s definitely time to impose strict martial law. This is a time not for whining or hand wringing about “being smarter than that.” The simple fact is the type of people doing this respond to force, and only force. It’s time for some Roman-era type order to be imposed.

  8. beloml Says:

    New Orleans–my favorite city–has always been vicious and charming in equal measure.

    We know people there who got out their gun just to go from their car to their house in a middle-class neighborhood–standard practice pre-Katrina.

    And if these barbarians are willing to loot their own neighborhoods for jeans and TVs, and to shoot at their rescuers, what force of civiliation could possible be brought to bear on them when they’re in Houston?

  9. Angie Schultz Says:

    I volunteer “Osamabladen” (ooh, clever) to go down to New Orleans and show how smart he is by reasoning with the looters and “making” them stay anywhere without using force. Send us a postcard when you’re done, ‘K?

  10. monkeyboy Says:

    There are also reports of rescue boats being held back because they were being shot at as well.

    I thought that the neocons promised that we would be greeted with flowers if we sent troops in? Obviously these “looters” are just protecting their way of life. I think we should get our troops out, i don’t think its worth the life of a single soldier to clean up that mess.

  11. Ginpundit Says:

    I wonder if the “shoot on sight” crowd would be so quick on the trigger if this situation were occurring in the Hamptons or Beverly Hills?

    I’m not one to automatically view everything through the racism filter, but this seems suspect to me. I’m having trouble reconciling the immediate call to arms with the fact that there are a lot of poor and/or blacks involved in the looting.

    Also, how are the police, military, and any other self-appointed peacekeepers supposed to identify a “looter”? Someone carrying a bag? Pushing a shopping cart?

    YOU spend several days without food, water, clothing, electricity, ability to communicate, etc., and see how desperate you become. In that position, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have too many qualms about raiding the local Wal-Mart.

    But I suppose property is more valuable than people.

  12. David Says:

    “if this situation were occurring in the Hamptons or Beverly Hills?”
    I suspect quite a large percentage of the country would donate ammunition . . .

    In practical terms, the way to tell a looter from a survivor is to look at what their carrying. A case of bottled water is a survivor, a plasma tv is a looter.

    Personally, I suspect that a day-one “shoot on site” order for looters would have left the city with a much lower crime rate today, meaning that those rescue forces would actually be able to move survivors out. At the moment, most of the reports are leaving me with the impression that it will take a military combat operation just to safely move food and fuel supplies in to the hospitals so they can continue to provide emergency services.

  13. monkeyboy Says:

    How about if they just shoot the ones shooting at the resue vehicles?

  14. Will Allen Says:

    Ginpundit, just who do you suppose is being victimized by the thugs in New Orleans at this moment? WASPs?Also, it’s pretty obvious that somebody carrying a t.v. set, or 12 pairs of Nikes is not in survival mode. Weak black people are being set upon by predatory black people in New Orleans right now, and your feeling is that it would appear too racist to annihilate the predators.

  15. Ken Says:

    “I’m not one to automatically view everything through the racism filter, but this seems suspect to me. I’m having trouble reconciling the immediate call to arms with the fact that there are a lot of poor and/or blacks involved in the looting”

    And a lot of poor and/or blacks whose rescuers are getting shot at!

    If you are so concerned about poor and/or blacks, then why do you suggest we should even think about going easy on those animals who are using force to prevent poor and/or blacks from being rescued? Shoot to kill is the only thing that will save the poor and/or blacks that need rescue.

    And what immediate call to arms are you talking about? When it was just people liberating diapers and food and such, few people were talking about stopping them in any way, much less shooting them. But when they stole weapons, tried to break into a children’s hospital (!), and started shooting at helicopters and purposely disrupting the transfer of tens of thousands of people from a shelter with no working toilets, that’s a whole different story. The only way you could conclude that we shouldn’t stop that from going on by any means necessary is if you have no compassion whatsoever for the poor and/or black that are being victimized yet again with deliberate intention by these thugs.

  16. Jane Woodworth Says:

    “This isn’t street crime any more. This is barbarism. Enough playing nice. Send in the troops, with orders to shoot looters on sight. This has to end. Today.”

    I agree. The people looting Footlocker and the Plasma TV store are not looking for food and water, they are looking for trouble.

    Now you have thugs shooting at the choppers charged with rescuing people. If we have to choose between who dies – those in need of rescue and those hampering the rescue efforts – it’s a no-brainer.

  17. Alex Sloat Says:

    Yes, I’d be just as quick to call for shoot-on-sight if it was Beverly Hills, and about ten times as fast if I was actually on the ground in one of these hellholes. It needs to stop, now, or there will be thousands of unnecessary dead because of it. Law and order isn’t a joke, it’s a prerequisite to civilization.

  18. Nelson Says:

    Remember the basis for natural law(when no civil law exists) is violence. There is no civil law and order down there now so violence is the only thing that will be understood in an expeditious enough manner to stop this now.

  19. Ginpundit Says:

    If you trust the military & police to be discriminating enough to use force against only those who deserve it, then you are far more confident in their judgment than I am.

    If this is a martial law situation, you WILL see plenty of people indiscriminately killed.

    And aside from being fuel for the usual media sensationalism, why is looting even being mentioned? What’s the relevance of someone stealing a TV when virtually the entire city is a loss?

    I’m inclined to think that for a shop owner, someone stealing a pile of shoes registers pretty low on his/her priority scale, given the scope of things.

    As for people who are actively interfering with rescue efforts, then yes, deal with them as needed. But don’t use looting (especially when it impacts nothing) as an excuse for violence. If you’re that anxious to play with guns, then go join the military. I hear there’s a war on.

  20. Irate Savant Says:

    Ginpundit,

    Do not be such a nudnick. The situation is clearly out of control. Rescue operations and restoration of order cannot proceed until the barbarians are subdued.

  21. monkeyboy Says:

    If you trust the military & police to be discriminating enough to use force against only those who deserve it, then you are far more confident in their judgment than I am.

    You do realize that we trust them to do that every single day. If you think you can do a better job of determining friend from foe, there are several police departments hiring.

  22. Ken Says:

    “If you trust the military & police to be discriminating enough to use force against only those who deserve it, then you are far more confident in their judgment than I am.”

    Well, until the Galactic Empire annexes us and uses their own crack police units with foolproof lie detectors, super-duper worldwide surveillance, and super-accurate laser guns, we’re stuck with fallible humans. Military and police at least have some training in this area.

    “If this is a martial law situation, you WILL see plenty of people indiscriminately killed.”

    And if order isn’t restored, you will see a hell of a lot more people die because supplies and evac vehicles can’t get to them. Not only that, the worst predators will tend to survive (by preying on everyone else), get evacuated, and infest other communities, where they’ll preferentially prey upon the poor the way that predators have been doing across the country for decades.

    And if you really think it’s racist to insist that something needs to be done to correct that, you’re an even bigger fool than I thought.

  23. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Ginpundit
    RE: Where???!?!?!?

    “I wonder if the “shoot on sight” crowd would be so quick on the trigger if this situation were occurring in the Hamptons or Beverly Hills?” — Ginpundit

    Probably quicker….

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)

  24. Chuck Pelto Says:

    P.S. That IS unless they are looter wannabes.

  25. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Ginpundit
    RE: Lawful Use of Deadly Force

    “If you trust the military & police to be discriminating enough to use force against only those who deserve it, then you are far more confident in their judgment than I am.” — Ginpundit

    Based on my own experience….27 years….I’d trust the military, if properly trained, to do a better job than a lot of metro law enforcement people.

    And that goes far to say a LOT of bad things….

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)

  26. Will Allen Says:

    Ginpundit, when this is over there undoubtedly will be widespread accounts of women and children sexually assulted, among other crimes. When you start letting thugs steal at will, for purposes other than survival, you go down the road to the law of the jungle, where the weak are consumed by the violently powerful. That is the process you are supporting, by advocating that insyffcient force be deployed to stop the thuggery.

  27. Sean P Says:

    Re: Everybody who thinks that declaring martial law is over-reacting.

    There are probably thousands of people in NO who need food, water or medical attention immediately, and if they don’t get in a very short period of time they may die. Anybody who is firing at rescue workers are keeping those rescue workers from saving lives. They are therefore murderers, pure and simple, and the sooner they are out of the way the more innocent lives can be spared.

    Same goes for the common looters. Although most of them aren’t carrying firearms and aren’t interfering with rescue workers, they are forcing police officers off of search and recover missions, thus endangering lives.

  28. Robin Roberts Says:

    Exactly, Sean. A point beyond Ginpundit’s ability to comprehend.

  29. ProCynic Says:

    The best way to deal with these savages comes from Star Wars:

    “Every single looter is now an enemy of the Republic. Do what must be done. Do not hesitate. Show no mercy.”

  30. richard mcenroe Says:

    Ginpundit

  31. rosignol Says:

    I remember in the 60’s, during the race riots in New York, African-Americans were actually shooting at NY firetrucks responding to calls in Harlem and Bed Stuy.

    Same thing happened in the Watts riots and the LA riots. Firemen were letting buildings burn because they couldn’t put out the fires without getting shot at.

  32. snowy egret Says:

    Where a few apachie attack helicopters to strafe these rotten looters after all they say in the miliary DONT FIRE UNLESS FIRED UPON just strafe these no good looters

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