Remembering Katrina

The Great New Orleans Gun Grab by Gordon Hutchinson and Todd MassonThere’s been a lot of new coverage of the 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and all the problems it caused in New Orleans. Like the original go-round, the plight of the areas where the hurricane actually hit got much less coverage. So go check out this post I wrote back at the time on Murdoc Online showing many photos of the effects of Katrina east of New Orleans.

Something else that must not be forgotten about Katrina and its aftermath was the eagerness with which the local New Orleans law enforcement agencies tried to confiscate legally-owned firearms. At a time when people were on their own more than ever, the police spent an awful lot of effort to disarm law-abiding citizens when they should have been protecting them.

If you have only a passing knowledge of those events, I heartily recommend reading The Great New Orleans Gun Grab by Gordon Hutchinson and Todd Masson.

‘Snigg, get up!’

Son’s 2nd shot kills intruder

Pascagoula, Mississippi:

A woman, awakened by the sound of someone removing the screen from her bedroom window, got out of her bed at 1 a.m. Friday, walked to her son’s room and quietly woke him.

“She said, ‘Snigg get up,’” the son said in an interview later Friday morning.

A man was trying to enter the apartment, but the son nicknamed “Snigg” took two shots and the perp turned and took off.

Javorous Darnell Tims, 20, ran about 80 feet from the window, fell to the sidewalk and died of a single gunshot wound, police said Friday.

The first shot apparently hit the wall.

The intruder apparently had lived nearby previously.

Tina Clarke, [apartment maintenance man] Dustin’s wife, holding a baby outside the office laundry, said it is kind of scary having a shooting at 1 a.m., but she said they’d moved from a nearby apartment where crime was worse.

This was “a shooting at 1 a.m.”? Um, wasn’t it a “home invasion at 1 a.m.”? That’s scary.

Not Exactly Under the Radar

Those watching things closely may have noticed a trend:

These are all from the past two or three days and aren’t simply re-runs of AP items in different papers. All of these have considerable, if not exclusively, local content. I could easily have included many, many more.

No doubt, the media coverage is feeding the flames a bit. As is the fact that hunting seasons are kicking off or underway in most states right now. But the trend is unmistakable.

It doesn’t seem to be localized to the bitter, clingy parts of the nation. Or to the red states.

Air Conditioner thieves come up empty

Three guys looking to cool off:

Investigator Christy Carona said the three men broke into the storage home of Jack Busby on the 200 block of Cleveland Street and attempted to take two air-conditioning units.

She said Busby found the men and held them at gunpoint until police arrived. Busby later shot King in the lower back after he attempted to flee the scene.

Something that comes up fairly often in discussions involving defensive gun use is “but is your wallet/television/air conditioner really worth shooting someone over?“.

Though not 100% totally without merit, this question comes close. If someone were to rob me on the street, I wouldn’t really know if all they wanted was my wallet, or if things would continue to spiral out of my control from there.

When it’s a home invasion scenario, though, the question is totally 100% without merit. If someone comes uninvited into my home, my personal safe zone and the safe zone of my family, I don’t care if all they want is my television or my air conditioner. I’m not going to shoot them because they want to steal my property, I’m going to shoot them because they violated my ‘do not cross’ line.

And, believe me, I will do everything I can legally do to get myself into a position to shoot them. Unless they directly threaten my safety or, even worse, the safety of my family. Then I won’t spend any time making sure it’s legal that I shoot them.

Why doesn’t anyone ever ask the potential criminal “but is taking someone else’s wallet/television/air conditioner really worth getting shot over?” Instead, we have a criminal that intentionally breaks into someone’s home with intent to steal their property and/or harm the occupants and a homeowner that is often regarded as “dangerous” somehow because he defended his own life and property from the wrongdoer.

Mississippi Shooting Ranges Protected

Governor Barbour Signs Shooting Range Protection Bill


On Monday, April 1, 2008, Governor Haley Barbour (R) signed House Bill 346. Sponsored by State Representative Warner McBride (D-10) and State Senator Walter Michel (R-25), this measure will ensure that Mississippi’s shooting ranges will be protected from local noise and zoning ordinances aimed at shutting them down. It will also guard against lawsuits filed by newcomers who acquire property near an existing range, as long as there has not been a substantial change in the nature of activities at the range (i.e., hours of operation, number of people using the range, or the types of firearms shot at the facility.)

It’s like the folks who buy cheap land next to a thirty-year-old airport, build a house, and then sue because planes keep flying real low near their property.