Police Begin Seizing Guns of Poor Civilians

That's how the title of this NY Times article ought to read. Now, you have to go to page two to find the relevant paragraphs, but they're the ones that point out to me just how deeply the class and race divide goes in this country.

Mr. Compass, the police superintendent, said that after a week of near anarchy in the city, no civilians in New Orleans will be allowed to carry pistols, shotguns, or other firearms of any kind. "Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons," he said.

That order apparently does not apply to the hundreds of security guards whom businesses and some wealthy individuals have hired to protect their property. The guards, who are civilians working for private security firms like Blackwater, are openly carrying M-16s and other assault rifles.

Mr. Compass said that he was aware of the private guards but that the police had no plans to make them give up their weapons.

It really is that simple, I guess--if you're rich enough to hire someone to carry a gun, you get to protect yourself, but if you're not, then you're dogmeat.

I haven't looked around on the NRA side of the web today, but I wonder where they're coming down on this issue?

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