One man, who had about 10 pairs of jeans draped over his left arm, was asked if he was salvaging things from his store."No," the man shouted, "that's EVERYBODY'S store."Looters filled industrial-sized garbage cans with clothing and jewelry and floated them down the street on bits of plywood and insulation as National Guard lumbered by. Mike Franklin stood on the trolley tracks and watched the spectacle unfold." To be honest with you, people who are oppressed all their lives, man, it's an opportunity to get back at society," he said.Oh yes, that store owner who has been oppressing this bum, and the customers who will pay higher prices to make up for his theft... he's gotten back at them alright.
Hopefully the rumors I've heard are true and martial law will be imposed to protect the lives and property of the victims of this tragic storm until civil order can be fully restored. As for the jackals who are using this opportunity to ransack their city, I hope the National Guard receives orders allowing them to shoot looters, like they were authorized to do after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
UPDATE: According to this story, "Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said looting will not be tolerated in his state. 'I have instructed the highway patrol and the National Guard to treat looters ruthlessly,' Barbour said. 'Looting will not be not be tolerated and rules of engagement will be as aggressive as the law allows.'" According to WDSU in New Orleans, martial law has in fact been declared in part to control looting.