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Monday, June 19, 2006

Ok make sure you read today's original post below because it is a good one and a departure from my norm.I didnt mean to do two posts today but this has me so damn fired up:
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- Mayor Ray Nagin asked the governor Monday to send National Guard troops and state police to patrol his city after a violent weekend in which five teenagers were shot to death.City leaders convened a special meeting to voice outrage after the killings Saturday in an area near the central business district."If we don't have wind knocking us down, we have shooters knocking us down, and that's unacceptable," said City Council President Oliver Thomas.Detectives knocked on doors Sunday in a search for anyone with information on the killings of five teenagers gunned down in a blaze of semiautomatic gunfire.Police had no new leads to the killers, said police Capt. John Bryson."We're begging citizens -- anyone who may have any information whatsoever to call Crimestoppers," he said.Bryson acknowledged it would be difficult finding witnesses to the killings early Saturday. (Watch cops work the scene on the narrow, blood-stained street -- :40)No motive had been confirmed, but "just the sheer carnage of it, the location of it and the time that it occurred" make drugs or revenge likely candidates, Bryson said.A semiautomatic weapon was used and "multiple, multiple rounds" were fired, authorities have said.The dead were Reggie Dantzler, Iruan Taylor and Marquis Hunter, all 19, Arsenio Hunter, 16; and Warren Simoen, 17, all of New Orleans, John Gagliano, chief investigator for the Orleans Parish coroner, told The Times-Picayune. Gagliano did not answer calls by The Associated Press seeking additional comment Sunday.Bryson said none of the victims had any convictions. Police could comment on whether any of them had any other police record.All were believed to have been killed at the same time. Three were found in a sport utility vehicle rammed against a utility pole and two were on the street nearby. Police said they probably all arrived in the SUV.Along with the city's population, murder and other crimes plummeted for the first months after Hurricane Katrina flooded 80 percent of the city last August. Current estimates vary but the city is believed to have less than half its pre-storm population of about 455,000.However, crime has been creeping up since then. Although the total of 52 murders since Jan. 1 is half the number at this time last year, 35 of them have been since the start of April, more than double the 17 in the first three months.City Council members promised swift action against violence as the city tries to repair itself."The crime issue -- once it begins to surface itself as a centerpiece again, everything else falls out the window," Councilman Oliver Thomas said. "It just dampens all our possibilities and probabilities."Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

So... you want troops? After a murder that was probably drug or gang related? What is your deal? Have you lost the ability to govern your own city? Have you become so dependant on the federal government that you think that a mere homicide is reason for them to intervene?
My solution? Cut them off. Time to grow up New Orleans. You have had 9 months and billions of dollars to get your house in order and you made the decision not to. Well it is time to leave them to their own devices. Either they will rebuild, private industry and kindness will save them, or they will destroy themselves proving that our money should not be wasted there.
It may sound harsh, because it is, but I am SICK of this damn attitude that if you can't easily do something you have to run for help.


Blogger Paul said...

I think a lot of these situations could be easily dealt with if we had a government that put the United State's interests before Foreign Policy.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Anjali said...

i don't remember the article ever stating that these kids were definitely drug dealers. they don't even have any prior basically you took an assumption (that has very little other than circumstantial evidence) as fact.

and of course it makes sense to care who shot them. to be honest, even if they are drug dealers, a bigger problem is that you have a murderer walking around. that's something to worry about because last i checked, murderers don't only kill drug dealers...sometimes innocent people get caught in the gunfire too.

also, the article states that about half the town's population has moved out since the storm. now this is just an assumption, but i would bet that it isn't the rich people sitting in new orleans while the poor people relocate. that might have something to do with the heightened crime rates (not because poor people commit all the crimes, but because there is statistcal evidence showing that poverty affects crime rates, for understandable reasons). moreover, it might have something to do with the fact that a lot of the community is still in the process of recovering.

finally, i think you take one or two incidents and generalize them about the whole city. for instance, one person committing fraud (i do agree that is fraud) is not indicative of the entire city doing so.

a lot of New Orleans was badly damaged and many people lost more than just their homes, they lost everything. It takes years to build a life, you can't rebuild it in 1. It took generations to build New Orleans, it also won't be rebuilt in 1.

Oh, and last I checked, it is the Federal Government's job to protect and help it's citizens in times of crisis, especially crises that are more devastating than normal and can affect the entire country. This appears to be one of those times.

2:21 PM  

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