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Posted: 9/12/2005 6:39:01 AM EDT
I wonder why this hasn't made the mainstream news. Oh that's right, they have their own agendas. I've noticed that this story has already been pulled off the link.

www.statesman.com/search/content/auto/epaper/editions/today/news_342278fe0324917e000f.html

Band of neighbors survived Hurricane Katrina, then fought off looters.


By Bob Dart

WASHINGTON BUREAU

Saturday, September 10, 2005

NEW ORLEANS -- The Algiers Point militia put away its weapons Friday as Army
soldiers patrolled the historic neighborhood across the Mississippi River
from the French Quarter.

But the band of neighbors who survived Hurricane Katrina and then fought off
looters has not disarmed.

"Pit Bull Will Attack. We Are Here and Have Gun and Will Shoot," said the
sign on Alexandra Boza's front porch. Actually, said the woman behind the
sign, "I have two pistols."

"I'm a part of the militia," Boza said. "We were taking the law into our own
hands, but I didn't kill anyone."

She did quietly open her front door and fire a warning shot one night when
she heard a loud group of young men approaching her house.

About a week later, she said, she finally saw a New Orleans police officer
on her street and told him she had guns.

"He told me, 'Honey, I don't blame you,' " she said.

The several dozen people who did not evacuate from Algiers Point said that
for days after the storm, they did not see any police officers or soldiers
but did see gangs of intruders.

So they set up what might be the ultimate neighborhood watch.

At night, the balcony of a beautifully restored Victorian house built in
1871 served as a lookout point.

"I had the right flank," Vinnie Pervel said. Sitting in a white rocking
chair on the balcony, his neighbor, Gareth Stubbs, protected the left flank.

They were armed with an arsenal gathered from the neighborhood: a shotgun,
pistols, a flare gun and a Vietnam-era AK-47.

They were backed up by Gregg Harris, who lives in the house with Pervel, and
Pervel's 74-year-old mother, Jennie, who lives across Pelican Street from
her son and is known in Algiers Point as "Miss P."

Many nights, Miss P. had a .38-caliber pistol in one hand and rosary beads
in the other.

"Mom was a trouper," Pervel said.

The threat was real.

On the day after Katrina blew through, Pervel was carjacked a couple of
blocks from his house. A past president of the Algiers Point Association
homeowners group, Pervel was going to houses that had been evacuated and
turning off the gas to prevent fires.

A guy with a mallet "hit me in the back of the head," Pervel said. "He said,
'We want your keys.' I said, 'Here, take them.' "

Inside the white Ford van were a portable generator, tools and other
hurricane supplies. A hurt and frustrated Pervel threw pliers at the van as
it drove off and broke a back window.

Another afternoon, a gunfight broke out on the streets as armed neighbors
and armed intruders exchanged fire.

"About 25 rounds were fired," Harris said.

Blood was later found on the street from a wounded intruder.

Not far away, Oakwood Center mall was seriously damaged in a fire caused by
vandals.

"We were really afraid of fires. These old houses are so close together that
if one was set afire, the whole street would all go up," Harris said. "We
lived in terror for a week."

Their house is filled with antique furniture, and there's a well-kept garden
and patio in back.

"We've been restoring this house for 20 years," Harris said.

There are gas lamps on the columned porch that stayed on during the storm
and its aftermath. The militia rigged car headlights and a car battery on
porches of nearby houses. Then they put empty cans beneath trees that had
fallen across both ends of the block.

When someone approached in the darkness, "you could hear the cans rattle.

Then we would hit the switch at the battery and light up the street," Pervel
said. "We would yell, 'We're going to count three, and if you don't identify
yourself, we're going to start shooting.' "

They could hear people fleeing and never fired a shot.

During the days, the hurricane holdouts patrolled the streets protecting
their houses and the ones of evacuees.

"I was packing," Robert Johns said. "A .22 magnum with hollow points and an
8 mm Mauser from World War II with armor-piercing shells."

Despite their efforts, some deserted houses in the neighborhood were broken
into and looted, Pervel said.

Now the Algiers Point militia has defiantly declared it will not heed any
orders for mandatory evacuation. The relatively elevated neighborhood area
is across the Mississippi River from the city's worst flooded areas and has
running water, gas and phone service.

"They say they're going to drag us kicking and screaming from our houses.
For what? To take us to concentration camps where we'll be raped and
killed," Ramona Parker said. "This is supposed to be America. We're honest
citizens. We're not troublemakers. We pay our taxes."

"It would be cruel for the city to make us evacuate after what we've been
through," Pervel said.

The roof was damaged on her house, and the rains left "water up to my
ankles," Boza said. So she moved into her mother's home nearby.

She said she still has 42 bullets to expend before she'll be forcibly evacuated.

"Then I hope the men they send to pull me out are 6 feet 2 inches and really
cute," she said. "I'll be struggling and flirting at the same time."
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 6:57:36 AM EDT
Awesome story, you should link this to General Discussion.

Link Posted: 9/12/2005 7:20:27 AM EDT
excellent story
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 9:50:14 AM EDT
Confrere,

Man, this article says it all. Many thanks!

Next time some air-head says: "Guns are only for hunting/only LEO and the Army needs guns/etc.," give 'em a copy of this article!

Astounds this poor dumb reader just how daggone BRILLIANT our dear old Founding Fathers were! They really knew the score.

"A man without a gun is not a citizen--only a "subject"

---Woody---
Link Posted: 9/16/2005 7:40:10 PM EDT
"I was packing," Robert Johns said. "A .22 magnum with hollow points and an 8 mm Mauser from World War II with armor-piercing shells."

Classic.
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