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09/06/2005 Archived Entry: "Two stories of (armed) survival from New Orleans"

TWO STORIES OF COOPERATIVE -- AND ARMED -- SURVIVAL FROM NEW ORLEANS.

Mandel's driver a hotel employee armed to the teeth stopped to show her how to use a handgun.

"I told him no," Mandel said. "I didn't want to."

The engineer looked her in the eye, deadly serious. Just blocks away, the people of New Orleans had already started to loot and rob and kill each other.

"He said, 'What are you going to do when they shoot me?'" Mandel recalled.

And ...

When night falls, Charlie Hackett climbs the steps to his boarded-up window, takes down the plywood, grabs his 12-gauge shotgun and waits.

He is waiting for looters and troublemakers, for anyone thinking his neighbourhood has been abandoned like so many others across the city. Two doors down, John Carolan is doing the same on his screened-in porch, pistol by his side.

They are not about to give up their homes to the lawlessness that has engulfed New Orleans in the wake of hurricane Katrina.

Posted by Claire @ 08:51 PM CST
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