Received from John Farnam this morning:
31 Aug 05
Comments on the catastrophe in New Orleans:
"Real reason the Superdome is being evacuated is that there have been so many assaults, robberies, and rapes, everyone has concluded it is unsafe to remain there."
"Firearm section of Wall-Marts have all been cleaned out by gangs of looters. Bands of armed VCAs* are freely roaming the city now, committing violent crimes at will, unafraid of interference from police or the National Guard."
"My mother is here with me in Baton Rouge. We are running off a generator. There is enough juice for lights, fans, and the refrigerator, but not enough for central air.
My brothers are staying at their homes to protect them from looting, which is rampant. No one begrudges the hungry for taking food, but
these people are taking everything of value except food, including appliances, athletic shoes, and booze. They are also committing rapes and assaults. Both my brothers have found it necessary to point shotguns at roaming bands of
Fortunately, the looters immediately thought of somewhere else they needed to be! They're impressed with firepower, little else. Gunshots can be
heard throughout the area. One can call the police, but they’re not coming."
"Real life is different from the square range, eh? In real life, tough guns rule! After a beautifully-blued, tightly-fitted, tack driving 1911 rusts shut, the owner might be looking for a good spear. He'll surely need something, considering the antics of the disturbed classes down here!”
"I've decided to change my procedure for going to back-up pistol. I will now retain my primary pistol rather than jettisoning it. Tossing the only other gun I have into two feet of dirty water is a bad idea when no help is coming for the foreseeable future.
Same with reloading. I'm making the permanent transition to military reloading**, rather than speed reloading. Give the current direction of world history, I've come to believe these changes in personal tactical doctrine are necessary."
* Violent Criminal Actors.
** Military Reload: “Make a hole, fill a hole.” Remove the empty or partial
magazine and put it into your pocket then fill the mag well with a completely
loaded one. (Note the difference from a Tactical Load.) dg.