National Guard Is Pulling Out Of New Orleans

Three and a-half years after Hurricane Katrina, the National Guard is pulling the last of its troops out of New Orleans this weekend.

The city is still desperate and dangerous and residents long distrustful of the New Orleans police force are worried they will now have to fend for themselves. But the police superintendent says his rebuilt police department is up to the job of protecting the city.

Thousands of National Guardsmen arrived more than four days after Katrina struck New Orleans in August 2005.

The last of the troops were removed in January 2006 as civil authority returned, but then, after a surge in bloodshed, 360 were sent back in to help police keep order.

As of this month, only about 100 troops were left in the city.

With Louisiana facing a $341 million budget deficit, state lawmakers were reluctant to keep the Guard in place any longer.

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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 28, 2009 at 07:42 AM
    Just wait folks, the Obama administration is going to go after the second amendment whether it be an overturn of the actual amendment or by piecemeal legislation that will erode the 2nd to the point that it means nothing. Pay close attention, they are going to try it.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Feb 28, 2009 at 03:48 AM
    P.S. Opponents of our Second Amendment rights argue that the article refers to the right to bear arms pertains to the National Guard (modern day militia). Take the time to read what the founding fathers actually wrote about the matter. Vote for candidates who SUPPORT your Second Amendment rights, lest you lose all the rights guaranteed by the Constitution."To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them ... Who are the militia? They consist of the whole people, except a few public officials." , George Mason. "The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjected people to carry arms ..." , Adolf Hitler. Think about it. Do those who would take away your rights to bear arms not trust you? You have trusted them by electing them to office. Is your trust misplaced? A government that does not trust its people does not deserve the trust of the people. Once freedom is lost it is difficult to recover. Your vote counts. Vote every chance you get to support those who would uphold your freedom.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Feb 28, 2009 at 03:42 AM
    Even with the NG helping to keep law and order N.O. is still the most dangerous city in the country. It says a lot for the kind of people who live there. Now law abiding citizens will have to depend on themselves totally, When seconds count the police are just minutes away."The peaceable part of mankind will be continually overrun by the vile and abandoned while they neglect the means of self-defense."....Thomas Paine."No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."...Thomas Jefferson. "Arms in the hands of citizens be used at individual private self-defense...", John Adams.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2009 at 06:20 PM
    I had no idea the nat'l guard was STILL in LA. Unbelievable.
  • by me Location: here on Feb 27, 2009 at 05:11 PM
    Three and a-half years after Hurricane Katrina...It's hard to believe that water is still in the streets.

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