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    Talking Radio Ad Urges Houston Residents to Take Up Arms Against Katrina Evacuees

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2476458

    Tensions Rise in Houston Over EvacueesBy JUAN A. LOZANO

    HOUSTON Sep 21, 2006 (AP) A gun shop is running a radio commercial advising Houstonians to arm themselves against Katrina evacuees, contributing to rising tensions between longtime residents and the storm refugees who have been blamed for the city's rising crime rate.

    Gun shop owner and radio talk-show host Jim Pruett said Thursday that he started running the ad a few weeks ago after hearing a TV interview with a Katrina evacuee in Houston implied he would have to turn to crime if his government assistance ran out.

    "There are many evacuees here who are working," said Pruett, owner of Jim Pruett's Guns & Ammo in Houston. "They have become Houstonians now. That is fantastic. That is what you are supposed to do. You are not supposed to threaten the place you are working in."

    The city welcomed at least 250,000 evacuees after Katrina swamped New Orleans last year. As many as 120,000 evacuees remain in Houston.

    According to police, Katrina evacuees are suspects or victims in 59 of Houston's 262 homicides between Jan. 1 and Aug. 26. Residents in upper-middle-class west Houston have blamed evacuees for violent crime rates that have increased almost 14 percent in one district and homicides that have nearly doubled in another.

    Pruett's radio ad says: "When the `Katricians' themselves are quoted as saying the crime rate is going to go up if they don't get more free rent, then it's time to get your concealed-handgun license."

    Pruett, 62, said that gun sales at his store are up 50 percent from last year but that he was uncertain whether it had anything to do with fear of the evacuees.

    State figures show that from January to Sept. 1, the number of concealed-carry permits issued for handguns was up almost 25 percent from the same period a year ago in Harris County, which includes Houston.

    Black activists held a community meeting Thursday evening where they blasted negative stereotypes of evacuees created by Pruett's ad, as well as media reports that they believe portray all evacuees as criminals.

    They also took issue with comments earlier this month by independent gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman, who attributed a spike in Houston's crime rate to the "crackheads and thugs" who evacuated New Orleans.

    But community activist Quanell X said Houstonians and evacuees "can't protect the criminal element around us. Let's talk about hitting the streets and dealing with the criminal problem."

    Roshondra Lowe, 29, an evacuee from New Orleans who was among about 30 people attending the meeting, said she doesn't want Houstonians to prejudge displaced residents like herself.

    "It's a bunch of nonsense," she said, citing the city's high crime rate before the storm.

    A spokesman for Mayor Bill White said that crime overall is down in Houston but there are some areas that were hotspots before the hurricane and continue to be.

    "Mr. Pruett has made his career as a shock jock and is using this tactic to sell guns," spokesman Frank Michel said. "The vast majority of evacuees who came here are hardworking, law-abiding citizens."


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    http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/4209071.html

    Sep 22, 2006 09:48 AM CDT

    (HOUSTON, TX) -- A Houston gun shop is running a radio commercial advising citizens to arm themselves against Katrina evacuees.

    Gun shop owner and radio talk-show host Jim Pruett says he started running the ad after hearing a T-V interview with a Katrina evacuee in Houston. The man implied he would have to turn to crime if his government assistance ran out.

    Houston took in at least 250-thousand evacuees after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans last year, and as many as 120-thousand evacuees remain.

    Some Houston residents blame Katrina evacuees for an increase incrime in some parts of the city. Pruett says gun sales at his store are up 50 percent from last year.

    A spokesman for Houston's mayor says crime overall is down in the city but there are some areas that were hotspots before the hurricane and continue to be.

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    It sounds like that radio announcer is trying to ruffle some feathers to boost his listeners group. I think it's myopic to say that a majority of the hurricane victims are criminals. Crime, especially violent crime, will rise as the population does. An immediate influx of 250K people is obviously going to impact the crime rate. I'm sure a criminal element was transplanted to some degree, but I think it's a tad excessive to suggest arming yourself yo fight off the impeding hordes of hurricane victims.

    I guess if it has enough shock value to stimulate the economy, someone is going to exploit it.

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    While that may be true about the talk show host, the Mayor is also full of shit saying that crime is down...

    That may be true overall, but the UCR's say murders rose 22% while population only rose .1% in 2005... And of course the 2005 UCR's don't include what's happened in 2006 after the benifits started running out.
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    That gun shop owner was on MSNBC tonight and clarified his statements. He stated that there are two distinct groups of hurricane refugees, the ones who are decent people and the scum who want a free ride or want someone else's shit. He says he got the term "Katricians" and all the negative shit directly from the Houston PD officers who are complaining of an overwhelming work load from these people.

    My favorite part was when Mr. Pruett said, "People need to realize that the police are not their personal bodyguards. If something bad happens, the police will come investigate and catch the bad guy. But everyone has the ultimate responsibility for their own safety." That sounds like a good campaign speech."

    This interview was on Tucker Carlson tonite.

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    Houston Mayor wants FEMA to pay for police OT

    Here's some more about this stupid Houston mayor...
    Proof enough for me that he's LYING OUT HIS ASS about the crime level:

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/3549099.html

    The extra hours sought in the face of a crime surge

    By ROMA KHANNA
    Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

    Concerned by a spike in homicides and other violent crime in certain neighborhoods, Houston Mayor Bill White Monday called on FEMA to fund a $6.5 million task force to focus on "hot spots" for crime. [Hmmm... Were these "hot spots" the same ones where evacuees were staying?]

    While White and Police Chief Harold Hurtt emphasized that the uptick in crime is not solely attributable to Hurricane Katrina evacuees, White said the Federal Emergency Management Agency should pay the bill because of the strain the 100,000 to 150,000 new residents have put on the Houston Police Department.

    Don Jacks, FEMA's Texas director, said today that under federal guidelines FEMA normally only pays for emergency protective measures, such as police and fire overtime, for the first 72 hours of a disaster.

    However, Jacks said FEMA would closely consider White's request to fund the police department's new Neighborhood Enforcement Team task force.

    ``We are facing issues that we have never, ever faced before in the history of the agency,'' he said.

    The task force is the second program to increase police presence that the city has unveiled in recent weeks, amid concerns about manpower and a swelling homicide rate up nearly 25 percent over last year and 70 percent this month.

    Many of the problem areas fall in southwest Houston, particularly in apartment complexes housing numerous Katrina evacuees, White and Hurtt said.

    "Crime is unacceptable, especially the murder rate, in some of these hot spots," White said. "We had criminals here before the evacuation and we had some more criminals here after the evacuation." [as he gently tip-toes thru the political mine field set by civil rights advocates]

    The task force will be staffed by officers working overtime between Jan. 1 and July. Their work load will be equivalent to adding 150 officers to the force, Hurtt said.

    Late last month, Hurtt implemented a $4 million initiative in response to pressure from city officials concerned about police manpower.

    Under the newest program, HPD officers will raise their visibility through increased patrols on foot, on bike and in cars. They also will intensify intelligence gathering, particularly on gang activity.

    White and Hurtt did not identify a cause for the rise in crime, although both pointed to increased gang activity and the growth in population from Katrina evacuees.

    "Some people who preyed on the vulnerable and broke the rules in Louisiana have gravitated to certain apartment complexes which already had a high concentration of crime," White said. "Now, those areas have a worse problem." [But of course that doesn't mean it's a problem that Houston citizens in those neighborhoods should protect themselves against - Just call 911 after you're murdered and everything will be fine]

    Katrina evacuees have been linked to at least eight of the 121 homicides in the city since they began arriving in September, Hurtt said.

    White noted that much of the increase in crime is concentrated in a handful of areas.

    "Two of the city's 19 (patrol) districts accounted for all of the increase in homicides," White said of two areas in southwest Houston.
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