Saturday, March 25, 2006

John Lott comments on the New Orleans confiscations "In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' residents got an idea of what life is like without the rule of law. They had no telephones, no way to call 911. Even if they had, the police who reported for duty were busy with rescue missions, not fighting crime. Citizens had to protect themselves. This was made rather difficult by the city's confiscation of guns, even from law-abiding citizens. After five months of denial in federal district court, the city last week made an embarrassing admission: in the aftermath of the hurricane, the severely overworked police apparently had the time to confiscate thousands of guns from law-abiding citizens."

NH: House rejects stand your ground bill : "House lawmakers on Tuesday voted down a proposal that would expand people's right to use deadly force in self-defense. The 194-138 vote comes two weeks after the Senate approved its own bill to allow people to use their guns in self-defense in any place they have a right to be. It would remove the requirement that a person retreat when it's safe to do so. The vote was a close one, however, with 12 senators in favor and 11 opposed. One later said he'd mistakenly voted in favor."

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