Hey, guess what?! If you save someone’s life, or in this case, the lives of many, the government wants to hinder you from doing it!
That’s right, in the wake of the “Cajun Navy” saving thousands during the devastating floods in Louisiana, a lawmaker wants to require training, certificates, and permits (that cost money) before citizens can save people during a natural disaster.
The even crazier part? The lawmaker is a Republican (Recall his ass, stat!).
So, here’s the story. Louisiana was pummeled by the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2005. 13 people died in the flooding. Over 30,000 people were rescued, 60,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, and over 100,000 residents registered for assistance from FEMA.
Local authorities in Louisiana were swamped with requests for rescues. That’s when the “Cajun Navy” stepped in to help. These were ordinary citizens, with all kinds of boats, who navigated the flood-stricken streets and took people to safety.
At first, authorities didn’t want amateur rescuers going into the water – out of fear that they would end up needing rescue themselves.
As rescue requests started piling up, authorities allowed the boaters to go into the flood zones.
Indeed, Livingston Parish president Layton Ricks told Louisiana newspaper The Advocate that, “we couldn’t have done it without those guys. They were a tremendous asset for our people.”
After such a successful rescue operation by ordinary citizens, you’d think lawmakers would be handing out medals. But, you know how politicians are. If there’s a way to hinder the pioneering and generous spirit of Americans, they’ll find it.
WWL TV reported:
Republican State Senator Jonathan “J.P.” Perry of the Vermillion-Lafayette area said he is working on legislation that could require training, certificates and a permit fee to allow these Good Samaritans to get past law enforcement into devastated areas.
In a radio interview on News Talk 96.5 KPEL in Lafayette, Sen. Perry said it comes down to two main points for law enforcement officials.
“At the end of the day, there are going to be two things that are going to be the hurdle when you approach it from the state’s standpoint,” Sen. Perry said. “Liability is going to be number one for them. They don’t want the liability of someone going out to rescue someone and then not being able to find them, and secondly, there’s a cost.”
Dustin Clouatre a member of the Cajun Navy who rescued people stranded by the flood waters was none-to happy when he heard the news.
Clouatre told WWL TV, “How can you regulate people helping people? That doesn’t make sense to me.”
It doesn’t make sense to me, either. Senator Perry needs to cool his heels and realize that without the people of the Cajun Navy, many more could have died.
Don’t be a typical political schmuck, Perry. Let Americans be Americans, and help save who they want without having to jump through a bunch of bureaucratic bs hoops.
There’s a joke about 200 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean. I think we should amend it to read “what are 200 politicians at the bottom of a Louisiana river?”
A good start.