We can't go confirming prejudicial thoughts of white racists, now can we?
A 2014 breakdown of nonfatal shooting victims in New Orleans established 95 percent were black males, meaning close to 99 percent of nonfatal shooting suspects are black (with a margin of error at 1 percent). A 2015 breakdown of homicide victims shows that the black population is almost exclusively responsible for the violence found in the city.
So what to do about this violence, to keep tourist money flooding the city in riches the citizens and business owners hope never, ever recedes? [After Bourbon Street mass shooting, Sidney Torres urges security checkpoints around French Quarter, The Advocate, 11-27-16]
The return of fatal gunfire to Bourbon Street early Sunday morning prompted a call for drastic action from Sidney Torres, the former French Quarter trash magnate who last year launched a private off-duty police security force in the city's most historic neighborhood.
Torres, a vocal critic of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's approach to public safety in the city's prime tourism district, said he has sketched out a plan to set up nearly two dozen security checkpoints on streets leading into the Quarter for special events.
There, he said, private security would wave metal-detecting wands across incoming revelers, checking for guns and running the information on those who carry them through a database of licensed guns and permitted gun owners.
"This is an idea that I came up with within an hour," Torres said. "When you have national news out there that's showing one dead, somebody blazing guns in the middle of a crowded promenade, I think it's important for someone to call for action."
The early-morning melee marked the second shooting incident in less than three years to end in death and double-digit victims on the city's raucous haven for drunken revelry.
A fatal gun assault several blocks down Bourbon Street in June 2014 -- also claiming 10 shooting victims, one fatal -- prompted an outcry for more police presence and a call from Landrieu for help from the State Police.
It also spurred Torres to launch his off-duty detail, the French Quarter Task Force, in March of last year.
Torres created the teams of detail officers who now ride around on carts, as well as a mobile app for reporting incidents directly to the off-duty cops.
Unlike in that incident, police presence was thick when gunfire erupted Sunday morning in the wake of the Bayou Classic football game in the Superdome, NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said.
Torres said Sunday that he recognized "manpower is not the issue in this situation," focusing instead on the prevalence of illegal guns in similar violence sprees -- though little was known Sunday about the source of the gunfire.
"It's a very simple problem to fix, just like they have in the Superdome. Just like they do on Beale Street" in Memphis," he said.
Memphis officials began a program in June requiring visitors to pay admission to the Beale Street entertainment district after 10 p.m. on Saturday nights, with beefed-up security and ID checks. That plan has met with resistance among local business owners.
In the wake of Sunday morning's gun assault, Torres urged a similar approach to protect New Orleans' worldwide tourism draw.
"I'm not saying this is permanent, but that effective immediately we will have barricades for special events, checking people for licensed firearms, and we will be very detailed with how we check people," Torres said.
"This is not a Third World country. We're not in Iraq. This is Bourbon Street, the No. 1 generator for the city of New Orleans. We cannot let that go to the tank."Actually, most of New Orleans is a third world country, because it's populated by third world people; the presence of black people in western civilization does not by osmosis make them western people, but reduces western civilization to a level of civilization black people can create/sustain.
Unless one wishes to watch the French Quarter erode further into just another Port-au-Prince, mandating I.D. checks, paid admission, and beefed-up security will amount to creating a "green zone" in U.S. occupied Baghdad.
Outside of complete repatriation/separation, state-enforced segregation is the only answer (and the latter is not tenable long-term).