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Outrage of the Week - Nagin Makes A Bad Point

Friday, February 15, 2008

This week’s outrage comes to us from New Orleans. 

You may have seen the picture (if not, you may click here to see it).  It’s a shot of beleaguered New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, looking gleeful and appearing to point an AR15-type rifle directly at Police Superintendent Warren Riley while Riley holds a similar firearm.   The picture was taken while the two were on the floor of the Superdome viewing a collection of new equipment to be used largely for the city’s SWAT team. 

We all know that the number one rule of gun safety is to always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.  Perhaps Nagin holds himself above this rule. 

As you’ll recall, Nagin was the perpetrator of the travesty that occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  At that time, his idea of “safety” was to instruct police and other law enforcement officers to confiscate lawfully owned firearms from his city’s citizens, stripping them of their means of self-defense at precisely their time of greatest peril.  And Nagin has fought every attempt to return the confiscated firearms to their lawful owners.

Nagin doesn’t need our help to look bad—he does a fine job himself.  So while much more could be written about his failings, his hypocrisy, and his reckless handling of a firearm, we’ll settle for a picture that’s worth a thousand words. 

(If you’ve forgotten how the Second Amendment was trampled upon following Hurricane Katrina, or if you have friends or family members who still naively believe “it can’t happen here,” please see NRA’s compelling video on the subject by clicking here.) 

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