Standing Guard

Imagine, New Orleans’ Mayor Ray Nagin requested the National Guard to deal with a spike in the city’s murder rate. And this despite half a population base having been scattered–and only recently beginning to trickle back in. Keep in mind that while New Orleans prefers culturally alluring appelations such as “Cresent City” and “The Big Easy”, it’s long been saddled with the well-earned “Murder Capital of the U.S.” moniker.

Calling in the National Guard because of murders? The day the Guard–in good conscience–leaves is the day the city disingenuously declares itself, in effect, purged of a disproportionate number of career criminals with high-risk lifestyles.

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