Sunday, September 11, 2005

More on Nazism Run Rampant in New Orleans

From Dave Kopel writing in Reason Online:
Defenseless On the Bayou
New Orleans gun confiscation is foolish and illegal

In the nearly two weeks since Hurricane Katrina, the government of New Orleans has devolved from its traditional status as an elective kleptocracy into something far more dangerous: an anarcho-tyranny that refuses to protect the public from criminals while preventing people from protecting themselves. At the orders of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, the New Orleans Police, the National Guard, the Oklahoma National Guard, and U.S. Marshals have begun breaking into homes at gunpoint, confiscating their lawfully-owned firearms, and evicting the residents. "No one is allowed to be armed. We're going to take all the guns," says P. Edwin Compass III, the superintendent of police.

Last week, thousands of New Orleanians huddled in the Superdome and the Convention Center got a taste of anarcho-tyranny. Everyone entering those buildings was searched for firearms. So for a few days, they lived in a small world without guns. As in other such worlds, the weaker soon became the prey of the stronger. Tuesday's New Orleans Times-Picayune reported some of the grim results, as an Arkansas National Guardsman showed the reporter dozens of bodies rotting in a non-functional freezer.

In the rest of the city, some police officers abandoned their posts, while others joined the looting spree. For several days, the ones who stayed on the job did not act to stop the looting that was going on right in front of them. To the extent that any homes or businesses were saved, the saviors were the many good citizens of New Orleans who defended their families, homes, and businesses with their own firearms.


The aftermath of the hurricane has featured prominent stories of citizens legitimately defending lives and property. New Orleans lies on the north side of the Mississippi River, and the city of Algiers is on the south. The Times-Picayune detailed how dozens of neighbors in one part of Algiers had formed a militia. After a car-jacking and an attack on a home by looters, the neighborhood recognized the need for a common defense; they shared firearms, took turns on patrol, and guarded the elderly. Although the initial looting had resulted in a gun battle, once the patrols began, the militia never had to fire a shot. Likewise, the Garden District of New Orleans, one of the city's top tourist attractions, was protected by armed residents.

The good gun-owning citizens of New Orleans and the surrounding areas ought to be thanked for helping to save some of their city after Mayor Nagin, incoherent and weeping, had fled to Baton Rouge. Yet instead these citizens are being victimized by a new round of home invasions and looting, these ones government-organized, for the purpose of firearms confiscation.
By the way, this categorically answers the old question that has knocked around firearms circles for decades...if the police were given the order to confiscate all legally held guns, would they?

As we used to say in the '60s, you bet your sweet bippy they would! Probably not all of them would obey such an order, and the ones who did would probably feel bad about it, but New Orleans is proof positive that the majority, if ordered, would kick down your door in a heartbeat. And shoot you dead on the spot if that order came, too.

As the great French filmmaker Alain Renais so vividly noted in his Night & Fog documentary on the death camps, there are people who look at the camps as if a dragon was buried beneath them. But those people are wrong. The scourge that was the Nazis is inside us, some hellish recessive gene that allow even good men and women to live with themselves while saying, "I was just following orders." We have, as Pogo noted, met the enemy...