Roland Deschain wrote:I read a little bit on the katrina gun grab. Does anyone here have any first hand knowlege if any of the stories are true?
It is a lot disheartening if they are.
Yes, many of those stories are true.
My unit spent 28 days running search and rescue, relief, transport, and medical missions after Katrina. I believe our mission numbers were: 137 "saves" (rescues), 948 transports (relocated, but not in eminent danger), ~1,300 PAX ("taxi service" from the Superdome), 78,000 lbs of cargo (food/medical/cots/blankets/clothing/etc), 23,000 bottles of water, 7 dogs, 2 chickens, and 1 sheep (
(Pulling those from memory. I could be off a bit. If I remember tomorrow, I'll see if I can dig up one of my awards that shows the figures.)
We started out in Mississippi (where the people needed help the most), but politics, due to unjustifiably inflated media coverage, got us sent to New Orleans.
Katrina was just a Hurricane.
Katrina in New Orleans, on the other hand was A) a bunch of idiots that demanded
help after refusing
to leave. B) something that brought out the true mentality of residents and government officials. And, C) a giant, racially-driven nightmare for rescuers/first-responders.
However, the weapons confiscations were absolutely unjustified and never should have happened. They were taking weapons from the people that needed them the most, leaving those people vulnerable to the mobs/gangs that the government should
have been paying attention to. (True mentality of the government officials....)
Please don't let me go any further on the subject of Katrina. I'm very opinionated on this matter, and can go on for days about the people of Mississippi (and other parts of Louisiana) being ignored, New Orleans getting an inordinate amount of media coverage, and just how ridiculous our interactions with many of the "victims" were. There were
people in New Orleans that deserved to be rescued, but most of them needed a few swift kicks to the head.
I need a new signature. This one sucks.