Marking an exceptionally bloody 11-hour period in New Orleans, 12 people were shot in seven separate attacks between 3 p.m., Friday, and 2 a.m., Saturday, local authorities said.
Two of the victims -- Charlie Johnson Jr., 31, and David Handy, 19, both of New Orleans -- died from their injuries, New Orleans police said.Despite near-constant rain -- the sort of weather that tends to keep outlaws indoors -- gunfire erupted across town, from eastern New Orleans to Central City and Gentilly to Algiers, and taxed paramedics beyond any experience in recent memory, said Dr. Jullette Saussy, director New Orleans Emergency Medical Services.
It's interesting that when this kind of thing happens in Chicago or Newark, the pro-gun crowd is quick to say it proves the gun laws don't work in those cities. They never mention New Orleans though, which most years leads the nation in murders per capita, and enjoys some of the most lax gun laws in the country.
The last time a dozen people were shot in a single day was Mardi Gras, with seven victims wounded in a shootout along the St. Charles Avenue parade route.
I don't know if that's clear enough. The Mardi Gras they're talking about was just a few months ago, it was earlier this year.
It seems to me we're all becoming jaded to the fact that criminal gun play is rampant in our major cities. It's hardly newsworthy any more. The pro-gun crowd is carrying on about their rights and demanding what they call "freedom," while young criminals find it easier and easier to get guns.
The connection between the two seemingly disparate worlds is a direct one. Those guns used in 12 shootings during one Friday evening in the Big Easy all started out as the legal property of some gun dealer. Then, by various means those guns found their way into the criminal world. What's the lawful gun owner's response? "Well, I don't know nothin'. I didn't do anything wrong."
The fact is somebody's doing something wrong, and if you could follow the gun back to its origins you'd see that that somebody is a so-called lawful gun owner or gun dealer. I say to them, take responsibility for what's yours. Take responsibility for the mess that's going on in places like New Orleans.
What's your opinion?