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Posted: 9/19/2005 11:11:33 AM EDT

Businesses selling bumper stickers that read "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns" also should offer one with the rejoinder "We told you so."
In spite of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina -- and then by its citizens -- New Orleans still is the "Big Easy" because of its total and effortless vandalizing of the Second Amendment.

Say what you will about the astounding ineptitude of Mayor C. Ray "Not My Fault" Nagin and Police Superintendent P. Edwin "Me Neither" Compass III who, when interviewed jointly, wear "I'm with stupid" T-shirts with arrows pointing at each other. Who could have predicted that their gun grabbing would be almost lethally efficient?

As New Orleans devolved into a less civilized version of Kevin Costner's "Waterworld," and as vandals, looters and rapists shouted "Laissez les bons temps rouler" ("Let the good times roll") while shooting at rescue helicopters and other signs of civilized behavior, police started confiscating the guns of their fellow New Orleanians.

Well, at least from those not shooting at them.

The government started tracking down law-abiding gun owners to ensure that civilians could not have pistols, shotguns or other firearms. "Only law enforcement are (sic) allowed to have weapons," Mr. Compass said.

That would be about 500 fewer people who had been in law enforcement before his cops abandoned their posts, fellow officers and citizens who were counting on them.

"When the police superintendent articulated it was a state of emergency, he admitted he did not know if he had the authority to do that," said Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America. "He just did it."

But security guards hired by businesses and individuals kept packing heat since no one dared order them to drop their M-16s and other assault riles.

Police preferred to handcuff homeowners to make the Big Easy gun confiscation easier. "Now that the city is relatively calm, they also went to areas that were not flooded, including to $1 million houses," Mr. Pratt said. "Now that they get disarmed, who will be there to protect them?"

There were no reports of criminals giving up their guns to comply with the mayor's edict. Perhaps because they realized the government made it less likely they would be shot during their reign of terror, especially if they headed for higher ground in more affluent neighborhoods.

The situation probably is still too chaotic to determine if police were referring to lists of licensed gun owners, including those who had to get permits from the politicians to carry concealed weapons. But detailed records of law-abiding gun owners sure would have come in handy to disarm them just as they most needed to protect themselves.

There is still time for the Million Mom March to charge into New Orleans like when the saints go marching in to be human shields for defenseless homeowners. And for potential victims to exploit gun show loopholes to protect themselves -- until a cop knocks on the door.

The Greater New Orleans Buy Back Committee had its annual drive last month to get guns off the streets. It netted 244 weapons from citizens fed up with the violence guns create when they have a mind to. Two days later, Katrina made landfall.

Do you think any former gun owners are having second thoughts?

Dimitri Vassilaros can be reached at dvassilaros@tribweb.com or (412) 380-5637.

Link Posted: 9/19/2005 11:18:35 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 11:23:42 AM EDT
You say "from Pittsburgh, no less". Got news for ya, Pennsylvania is like a Southern state surrounded by yankee states. PAs gun laws, and attitude about guns, compare favorably to that of any Southern state and even better than some.

For instance, you can legally open carry outside Philadelphia and, I think, Pittsburgh. Other than those 2, open carry without a license is legal. They are "Class 1" cities per their carry law and you cannot open carry there.

Of course, you still might have to deal with some sheep calling the cops, but you have that anywhere.

You CAN carry concealed in those places and they don't have some of the restrictions that even FL has, such as concealed carry in a bar.

I worked in Philadelphia for 6 months and I found, particularly out in the burbs and rural areas, that they feel about guns pretty much the way us Southerners do.
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 11:25:28 AM EDT
You can open carry legally in Pittsburgh, just not Philly. It might cause some problems but it is legal.
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 11:26:01 AM EDT
Too bad the Tribune Review has done quite a number over the years on gun rights in their own back yard.

Too little too late IMHO.
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 11:32:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BenDover:
Too bad the Tribune Review has done quite a number over the years on gun rights in their own back yard.

Too little too late IMHO.

Or one could say better late than never...
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 11:38:42 AM EDT
Wow. That's a pretty good article.
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 11:46:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/19/2005 11:47:26 AM EDT by EricTheHun]
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 12:11:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Researcher:
You can open carry legally in Pittsburgh, just not Philly. It might cause some problems but it is legal.

Yeah, I wasn't quite sure about Pittsburgh.
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 12:15:53 PM EDT
Some good word smithing in that artical.

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