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Deaf Smith
March 3, 2010, 10:39 PM

These and hundreds of other survivors of Chile’s devastating earthquake have organized neighborhood watch groups, arming themselves and barricading streets to protect their damaged homes from looters. The groups have stepped in as police were overwhelmed by looting and soldiers were slow to restore order after an earthquake and tsunami.

“We take care of ourselves here,” said 51-year-old Maria Cortes. . . . Throughout the quake zone, survivors lived in fear and fed on rumors of roving mobs. Gunfire punctuated the night in Concepcion, Lota and other towns.

The eruption of banditry shocked the nation and put President Michelle Bachelet on the defensive. Chile’s much-praised urban rescue teams were hampered by slow-to-arrive equipment – and the looting of their local base in Concepcion.

Almost everywhere, citizens have banded together to eat, get water and protect damaged or destroyed homes.

And this is why citizens of the American HAVE GUNS.... As well as the need to know your neighbors. You can imagine what would happen if this occured in California!

March 3, 2010, 10:48 PM
You can imagine what would happen if this occured in California!
Rodney King riots?

G-man 26
March 4, 2010, 12:08 AM
Rodney King riots?

It's funny that you say that in this thread. What I remember most about those riots, is the guy on top of his convenience store with an AK keeping the looting hordes at bay with sporadic gunfire, and average citizens riding on the fire trucks with AR's so the fire fighters could go in and fight fires without being attacked by rioting hordes.

"Can’t we all just get along?"

Yes, yes we can, now put the two-by-four down and back away from the fire truck.

March 4, 2010, 12:17 AM
It happened during Katrina; almost everyone has bought arms since then. Luckily the National guard was able to respond.

March 4, 2010, 05:28 PM
In 1975 a severe tornado went thru Omaha, no electricity for months, we banded together and shared what we had. Didnt see one looter then. Time sure have changed.

March 4, 2010, 06:14 PM
They sure have changed, I remember Camille on the Miss coast...zero looting. People used to have compassion for folks who lost almost everything...now they wanna take what little they have left.

Sad commentary on how "civilized" we have become ain't it?

March 5, 2010, 10:19 AM
I lived through two blackouts in New York City. It was amazing the difference in behavior of the criminal element between the two events. The first time it happened everyone got together and helped one another. In the aftermath police were very pleased that there were hardly any occurences of looting or other crimes. The second blackout was a wholly different animal. It was as if the criminals said "boy we missed a golden opportunity but if it happens again we will be ready." It was as if they trained for it. Sure enough five or six years later another blackout but this time the crooks hit the streets, robbing, breaking windows, and looting. I agree that in times like those the police are stretched so thin it is up to decent citizenry to protect themselves

Big Bill
March 5, 2010, 08:46 PM
If everyone in this country carried a gun, we'd all be much more polite and considerate with each other.

Deaf Smith
March 5, 2010, 09:27 PM
If everyone in this country carried a gun, we'd all be much more polite and considerate with each other.

And so did Robert Heinlein. You would love to read his books.

As he said, "An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."


He was a true libertarian.

March 5, 2010, 09:53 PM
Well, in the '89 quake the San Francisco Fire Department found itself overwhelmed, and had to rely heavily on civilian volunteers. They ran with that idea after the quake and developed Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams. The training is free. The teams are broken down by neighborhoods. You can probably find the same program locally as NERT, CERT or CORE.