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The Great New Orleans Gun Grab Paperback – November 1, 2007
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"Hutchinson and Masson have nailed it. 'The Great New Orleans Gun Grab' is a blistering indictment of everything that went wrong before, during and especially after the hurricane. It's all here, the incompetence, misconduct and abuse of authority; everything that should make American citizens shudder." --Dave Workman
"An infuriating, fascinating and terrifying tale of good citizens victimized by criminal gangs and a criminal local government. After you read this book, you will know the deadly danger of believing, 'It can't happen here.'" --David B. Kopel
"A compelling story that needs to be told so Americans never forget. This book exposes the abuse of authority and the order to go door to door, confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens at a time when they needed them most. ... A human drama of what will happen if we let it." --Ginny Simone
About the Author
Gordon Hutchinson graduated from Louisiana State University, and served as an airborne infantry officer with the 82nd Airborne Division during the Vietnam era. A firearms writer and shooting sports columnist for decades, he also worked as a law-enforcement officer. Hutchinson lives on a farm outside Baton Rouge with his wife Mary and four horses. His first book, The Quest and the Quarry, was chosen as a book of the year by the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association.
A graduate of Loyola University, Todd Masson is a multiple award-winning writer and editor of Louisiana Sportsman, Mississippi Sportsman, North Carolina Sportsman and South Carolina Sportsman magazines. He is also a radio show host, and is the author of "Specks: Louisiana s top 10 trout destinations, and exactly how to fish them year-round." Masson is a native of Metairie, La., where he currently resides.
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It also tells the story of law abiding gun owner banding together to protect their families, homes, and community.
If you think the Second Amendment protects you, think again! When people like Nagin are in charge it is just a scrap of paper. Thank God the federal courts stepped in.
As a member of law enforcement I realize, the New Orleans Police which were always corrupt were simply out of control. The decision to bring in law enforcement from all over the country was ill advised as they knew nothing of the lay out, the people, the law.
But this started at the top with Gov. Blanco, then intensified with the corrupt Ray Nagin, to the stupid Eddie Compass. Apparently Nagin and Compass had no idea they were acting totally unlawfully. There was no "Martial Law" as the Supreme Court held in Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. 2 (1866) if the courts are open there cannot be martial law. On the state level, Louisiana has no provision for martial law, only a "state of emergency" which will get you a ticket of you are on public property I am shocked and ashamed by what happened. Everyone should read this book to see how far an out of control government can go---which is the very reason the Founders wrote the Second Amendment.
I have praise for the writers for bringing this to our attention.
The book does a good job of introducing characters that the reader can care about and explains why they chose to stay in the Katrina-demolished city of New Orleans immediately after the flooding. Local police, county sheriffs, Louisiana Guard, National Guard troops all participate in carrying out the illegal activities of confiscating firearms.
That there were no reported incidents where these government agents refused to follow this illegal order speaks volumes about the future of our increasingly fascist government and the blindly-following-orders types that make it all possible.
If you're one of the ones who loudly trumpet that gun confiscation will not follow registration, you owe it to your country, your community, your family and yourself to educate yourself about the truth. Government will do anything they want until enough people resist them. Where do your local Police stand on this issue? Your Sheriff's department? Your State Guard? I suspect they'll follow orders just like was done in New Orleans. Get educated. The life you save may be your own.
These stories are a disturbing reminder of the potential for abuse of power when authority is not controlled by proper checks and balances. The stories illustrate how our rights are meaningless without a way to defend and protect those rights.
There is a brighter side to the stories as well though. The strength, courage and willingness to help others shown by those who chose to stay was inspiring.
Well worth your time to read.
Honest citizens forceably disarmed and left to fend for themselves against rogue criminals bent on robbery, theft, and murder.
Being from Louisiana I have always heard that the "leaders" of the city of New Orleans are as corrupt as they could possibly be. This book points out the fact that they are not only corrupt but downright EVIL. The storm Katrina was just a natural event that did a lot of damage. What these "leaders" did after the storm was the REAL disaster. EVERYONE should be REQUIRED to read this book.
Even more disturbing was the fact that there was no armed resistance to the confiscations. Apparently it's no longer taught in schools that, despite how onerous over-taxation might have been, it was an attempt by the lawfully constituted government to confiscate privately-held firearms that opened the shooting war in the American Revolution.
Those who refuse to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it.