March 24, 2007


Gun permits soar in post-Katrina New Orleans (MARY FOSTER, 3/24/07, The Associated Press)

People across New Orleans are arming themselves - not only against the possibility of another storm bringing anarchy, but against the violence that has engulfed the metropolitan area in the 19 months since Katrina, making New Orleans the nation's murder capital.

The number of permits issued to carry concealed weapons is running twice as high as it was before Katrina - this, in a city with about half its pre-storm population of around 450,000.

Attendance at firearms classes and hours logged at shooting ranges also are up, according to the gun industry.

Gun dealers who saw sales shoot up during the chaotic few months after Katrina say that sales are still brisk, and that the customers are a cross-section of the population - doctors, lawyers, bankers, artists, laborers, stay-at-home moms.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 24, 2007 8:56 AM

I went to Loyola NO in the mid-80's, it was like that back then. It was fun but is a mismanaged mess and has been for a very long time. I have a special place in my heart (and stomach) for the place but it should not be rebuilt. It should be like a Williamsburg.

Posted by: pchuck at March 24, 2007 11:05 AM

Dog bites man. Americans take responsibility for their own protection.

400% concealed carry permit increase post-Katrina--sounds a bit low, considering that the citizens had just witnessed the piggies cut and run like Democrats out of Iraq.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 24, 2007 1:30 PM

Make NO a theme park. What a great idea!

Posted by: erp at March 24, 2007 3:07 PM

So if we have lost control of NO and with it sovereignty (which your comparison to Pakistan's Waziristan sugguests), can other countries invade NO with impunity?

Posted by: Esp at March 25, 2007 6:18 AM

They've a right to, but won't because we'd crush them. Likewise we've a right to invade Waziristan but are afraid to because we'd lose.

Posted by: oj at March 25, 2007 10:08 AM

So all that matters to you is might, not right?

Posted by: Esp at March 25, 2007 6:11 PM

In international law? Might is write.

Posted by: oj at March 25, 2007 7:23 PM