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May 12, 2013 - 4:12 pm

This is truly horrific and what’s worse, no one knows how many gunmen there were, how many shots were fired, or where the shots came from.

The event was an annual unofficial Mother’s Day parade hosted by a group known as the Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club. About 200 people were participating when the shots rang out.

USA Today:

Shots fired during an informal Mother’s Day afternoon parade in New Orleans injured 17 people, a police spokeswoman said Sunday.

One of the injured was a girl 9 or 10 years old, who was grazed by a bullet to her side, said Remi Braden, director of public affairs for the New Orleans Police Department.

She said there were no fatalities and “most of the wounds are not life-threatening.”

The shots were fired around 2 p.m. in the area of North Villere and Frenchmen Streets during what is locally referred to as “a second-line parade,” Braden said.

The Times-Picayune newspaper said there were about 200 people at the event when gunfire erupted. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters at the scene that at least 12 people were shot, Associated Press reported. Bradon said later that “we believe 17 people were wounded,” either while participating or observing the parade.

Second-line parades is a local term for loose processions in which people dance down the street, often following behind a brass band. They can be impromptu or planned and are sometimes described as moving block parties.

Shermaine Tyler, 32, who lives nearby, told the Times-Picayune that a man collapsed onto her after being shot.

“Me and mom were going to the second line. I told her I didn’t want to go because there are always shots at a second line,” Tyler said. “And the second I heard shots, I heard shots fired, we ran outside and one man fell in my lap who had been shot.”

Braden said detectives were interviewing witnesses and seeking surveillance video in the area.

“This is an extremely unusual occurrence, and we’re confident that we will make swift arrests,” Braden said.

Officers were interspersed with the marchers, which is routine for such events. Serpas said police saw three suspects running from the scene.

Not a day for this to happen, that’s for sure.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Sane discussions start with accurate facts, and not silly assumptions.
Americans are eager to discuss guns.
Are you? Are you skilled with any in particular? Do you have favorites? Any techniques/tips/anecdotes you'd like to share?

Oh.. wait.. that's not what you meant?

Maybe the reason you find people reluctant to discuss guns is that they recognize that what you mean by "discuss" is not what they mean by it?
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And Switzerland has an even lower rate than yours with a very high incidence of gun ownership. So what's your point?

There is very little correlation between gun control and violent crime, and (at least in this country) what correlation there is tends to be inverse.
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And the violent crime in Britain is a consequence of.... ? Or are assaults and murders only bad if a gun is involved?

If you took half a moment to think you might ask yourself why these things never seem to happen in right-to-carry locales. If guns are the problem then the town I live in (with roughly 10% of the citizens carrying concealed handguns and a gun shop in almost every strip mall) should be a daily bloodbath. But it's not, and Chicago is.

So explain to me again how "gun culture" is to blame.
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1)When an american citizen has a weapon, they have a 50/50 chance of surviving an armed criminal attack.
2)When an american citizen hasn't a weapon, they have a 100% chance of suffering serious harm and maybe death from an armed criminal attack. This is just simple logic.
3)And, to make matters worse, all american media outlets are advertising to ALL criminal elements the fact that large swaths of communities are forsaking their weapons, turning them over to law enforcement for disposal.
4)This further increases stress on those communities for reasons that now, fewer weapons are in the hands of its citizens and preponderance of weapons are in the hands of armed criminals.
5)Worse yet, media announces which communities ceeded their weapons. Targets for criminals.
Need proof? Detroit. Chicago. Cabrini Projects. et al. To name a few.
Lastly, most community law enforcement is pared to the bone. Budgets are slim to none. An american with a weapon relieves all pressures of local law enforcement having to cover many extra communities. In other words, weapons in the hands of law abiding citizens relieves community law enforcement from having to service larger and larger swaths (square miles) of what would have been unarmed american citizens neighborhood. Pray, Amen.
MARYLAND GUN OWNERS MAKE THEIR “HOMES AND COMMUNITIES SAFER” BY SURRENDERING 100 FIREARMS AND 1000 ROUNDS OF AMMO TO THE STATE
Posted: 13 May 2013 02:39 PM PDT (Washington Post)
(Identified in this article are unarmed, disarmed, communities. Think nefarious criminals aren't reading this report?) We The Elite People of culture of corruption in ALL of Washington DC are just plain nuts - out-of-their-minds!!!
49 weeks ago
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"I told her I didn’t want to go because there are always shots at a second line,”

I find that comment fascinating.
49 weeks ago
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New Orleans is definitely over Katrina. Back to its dirty old self.
49 weeks ago
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Just more fallout from Bush's handling of Katrina donchaknow.
49 weeks ago
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How sad that a once charming city is now the murder $hithole of America.
49 weeks ago
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Charming? We must have been to different cities. I went there in January 2001. Even as chilly as it was, the place was still dirty and thugs and bums all over the place. They were even in the train station trying to steal bags, run cons or pick pockets, and that's not counting the ones outside watching to see who might miss a cab. The business district and the museum areas were reasonably OK, but beyond that, not so much. I've been there once and that was plenty. Just a pity they put the D-Day museum there.
49 weeks ago
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How can you tell the D-Day museum from the rest of the streets?
49 weeks ago
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All I want to know is where they got the ammunition.
49 weeks ago
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Even if your comment was sarcastic ,i hope it was.
There were children shot and killed.
What is up with America's that they cannot sanely discuss guns?
The ability to de humanise people is astounding.
49 weeks ago
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Sane discussions start with accurate facts, and not silly assumptions.
Americans are eager to discuss guns.
Are you? Are you skilled with any in particular? Do you have favorites? Any techniques/tips/anecdotes you'd like to share?

Oh.. wait.. that's not what you meant?

Maybe the reason you find people reluctant to discuss guns is that they recognize that what you mean by "discuss" is not what they mean by it?
49 weeks ago
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no one was killed
- what is up with people from other places of the world who have no clue about america's "gun culture" foisting their ignorance on us?
we have enough problems with the dullards in our own country
49 weeks ago
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One of the reasons "they cannot sanely discuss guns" is that "sane discussion" is invariably defined by gun-grabbing concern trolls.
49 weeks ago
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So a 'sane' discussion' starts by already calling people 'gun -grabbing concern trolls'

You have just made my point for me.
49 weeks ago
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If you don't want to be called a gun-grabbing concern troll, don't act like one.
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Nobody was killed. While it was bad, stop trying to make it worse than it was.
49 weeks ago
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Wermet didn't recognise it as even 'bad'. What is your definition of it being 'worse'?
49 weeks ago
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Concern troll is concerned.
49 weeks ago
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This is not a talking point for guns. This is a gang problem.
49 weeks ago
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Michael,it's a gun violence/killing problem. Just another consequence of America's gun culture
49 weeks ago
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America's violence is caused by "gun culture" in the same way that French cuisine is caused by "spoon culture".
49 weeks ago
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Magst, it is a social/cultural/lawlessness problem. Gangs are a cancer in this country. How much you want to bet that not only did no one "see" anything but if the gang victims of one side saw who shot them that they would not cooperate with the police.

I will grant that the New Orleans police have been as corrupt as Chicago's but that is part of the social/legal problem. However even in well run departments and with respected police off icers gangs refuse to cooperate with police because they (the gangs) want to be the real power. Therefore it is a Social/cultural/legal problem.
49 weeks ago
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And the violent crime in Britain is a consequence of.... ? Or are assaults and murders only bad if a gun is involved?

If you took half a moment to think you might ask yourself why these things never seem to happen in right-to-carry locales. If guns are the problem then the town I live in (with roughly 10% of the citizens carrying concealed handguns and a gun shop in almost every strip mall) should be a daily bloodbath. But it's not, and Chicago is.

So explain to me again how "gun culture" is to blame.
49 weeks ago
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It's a consequence of New Orleans' thug culture, which is a lot like Chicago's thug culture, which is why a city like Chicago with draconian gun laws also has the highest rates of violent crime and murder.
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I am in the U.K and we have strict gun laws .
And we have a low rate of murder'
0.3% of our overall crime involves fire arms
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Wonderful for you!
Did you know that if you isolated elements of American society that are demographically equivalent to Canada or Europe, they'd have the same murder rates?
Idaho compares favorably with the Canadian "plains" provinces.
Maine is similar to the UK.
But 40% of Maine households have guns... 55% in Idaho.
So the whole "guns cause it" theory is pretty much blown out of the water by facts, isn't it?
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Europe isn't one big country.In the U.K if we took out London,Manchester,Liverpool ..then our violent/gun crime but be near 0.
However you can't do that with statistic's and comparisons.
I was not comparing States, i was comparing the U.K/US ,which shows less guns ,less gun crime,killings ,murders
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The key part of my post you missed was "Demographically Equivalent".
When you compare Demographically Equivalent populations in the US and other countries, you get similar rates of violence, regardless of the rates of gun ownership.
100,000 people of a low violence culture, in Idaho or Alberta or Denmark, will give you a low incidence of violence, regardless of how many guns they own. 100,000 people of a high violence culture, in New Orleans or Columbia or Nigeria, will give you a high incidence of violence. Simple as that. It's culture and popular attitude, not the presence of guns.
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Certainly we can do that with statistics and comparisons. Just because you don't like the outcome doesn't make it invalid. The US is a varied and diverse place. Locations that have been controlled by liberals for generations are violent. Places with large populations of illegal aliens are violent. Places without those variables are very very safe. It sounds like the UK is the same way except that over there the violent crime rate is very much higher than the US over all. No deterrent available to the innocent.
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And Switzerland has an even lower rate than yours with a very high incidence of gun ownership. So what's your point?

There is very little correlation between gun control and violent crime, and (at least in this country) what correlation there is tends to be inverse.
49 weeks ago
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" I told her I didn’t want to go because there are always shots at a second line"??!! “This is an extremely unusual occurrence"??!! Which is true?

Having been to NOLA, I think I already know...
49 weeks ago
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Both. It is a frequently occurring extremely unusual event.
Sort of like Islamic terrorism.
Or "unexpected" bad economic news.
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