‘Yep. A church group, getting their permits.’

Gordon Hutchinson at The Shootist:

I worry about this.

We know the vast majority of the citizenry either likes guns, or has no problem with them. But the fact is a large portion of these friendly but not-very-knowledgeable gun folks are not highly offended by the prospect of gun registration.

Having to register your firearms is not the same thing as having to register your car to use it on public roads, needing a library card to check books out of a library, or being required to use your real name when signing up for Facebook.

Triggs 1, Diggs 0

Thibodaux, Louisiana:

Police responding to a report of a man shot just after 8 p.m. found 34-year-old Lee Diggs of 534 St. Charles St. lying on the ground near the Turner Motel with gunshot wounds to the hip and stomach areas, Thibodaux Police Chief Craig Melancon said.

Just after officers arrived, Melancon said, they were approached by Terrence Triggs of Schriever, who told them he believed he had shot a man who was trying to rob him through his truck’s driver-side window.

Diggs used a “small-caliber” handgun during the unsuccessful robbery attempt, which was taken and hidden by an at-large accomplice, but it was later found by police. More details at CGSDB.

REVIEW: The Great New Orleans Gun Grab

The Great New Orleans Gun Grab by Gordon Hutchinson and Todd Masson

The Great New Orleans Gun Grab by Gordon Hutchinson and Todd Masson should be a must-read for all gun owners, not only because of the troubling issues it portrays but because it can help get people into the right mind-set for the aftermath of a natural disaster on the scale of Hurricane Katrina.

I knew a lot of what went down in the streets of the flooded city in late summer 2005, but my eyes were bugged as I read this book. Really, events should shock and outrage all Americans, not just gun owners. Anyone who owns a home and anyone who believes in personal liberty should be deeply disturbed by what government officials did (and did not do) during a huge disaster that should not have been completely unexpected.

After the hurricane hit and the levees were breached and overtopped, the city was cast into general chaos. Many people had been unwilling or unable to leave, and without power or assistance they were left to fend for themselves. Some, realizing how things were going to unfold, had a change of heart and decided to make a run for it.

A couple of families banded together, and two women were quite disturbed that one of the men had brought some firearms with him. As they loaded the van they would use for their run for safety, a band of looters approached down the street. The man gave his 12-year-old son, familiar with guns, a rifle.

“Stand here,” he ordered, placing him at the rear of the van. “Guard us.”

He left the boy, the rifle held at port arms across his chest, a young conscript in the Katrina War. He went to the front and out into the Street, checking the situation. He then went back inside.

The van pulled into the street, and three looters ran up, sloshing through the water, surrounding the front of the van, cursing, yelling for everyone to get out. The one on the passenger side stood against the door, pushing his head and upper torso through the window, almost climbing into the front seat. He twisted left to see who was in the van, saw the women in the middle seat. He then looked past them through the rear window, at the boy at the back of the van with the rifle.

His eyes bugged out, he stuttered a second, then blurted: “Is that a real gun?”

The women in the rear seat, new converts to the gun culture, snapped a quick and loud answer: “You bet your ass it’s a real gun!”

They made it out of the city safely.

The book covers a number of people, areas, and situations. LeRoy Hartley and his family rode out the storm, but the days following Katrina were tough and he had his family leave town for safety. He stayed behind with his dog Buster to protect their home from the looters that had already threated them several times.
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Gun Confiscation After Katrina

Police took one person’s pistol and smashed it on the curb? Police said that they didn’t have time to write receipts for firearms that they were confiscating? Police knocked around a little old lady because she had an unloaded .22 handgun?

Yes they did.

House Bill 2811, meanwhile, has been introduced in Kansas. If passed, it would prevent the State of Kansas from confiscating or registering any lawfully owned firearms during a declared state of emergency. Other states, including Wyoming and Pennsylvania, are looking at similar legislation.

And then there’s New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, simply known as The Idiot, and Police Superintendent Warren Riley, the Idiot’s Henchman, demonstrating that they don’t know how to handle guns, only steal them:

Idiot And Henchman

I wonder if those are government weapons or if they’re smiling so much because they’re freebies from the Great New Orleans Gun Grab.

IN THE MAIL: The Great New Orleans Gun Grab

Great New Orleans Gun GrabThe Great New Orleans Gun Grab by Gordon Hutchinson and Todd Masson just arrived and it looks great.

What happened in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina should trouble all legal gun owners. A common theme among pro-Second Amendment folks is that the right to keep and bear arms was intended, in part, to protect citizens from the government. But what is a loyal, law-abiding American gun owner to do when the authorities show up and demand that you turn over your gun?

If this act is allowed to stand, it will happen again. And next time it probably won’t take a hurricane to make someone think they can get away with it.

I will have more on this book after I’ve had a chance to read it.

It’s also available at Amazon.com.

Additionally, if you happen to be one of those whose weapon was seized after Katrina, the NRA is interested in discussing it with you.