Tommy: Can volunteer Minutemen reduce crime in the Quarter?
by Tommy Tucker,posted Jun 2 2014 1:52PM
The Minutemen are coming to the Quarter. Just like the Guardian Angels only these folks will be armed to help keep tourists and locals safe. Aaron Jordan, the founder of the French Quarter Minutemen, joined us in studio to talk about the group.
“It’s a group of concerned citizens that live in the metro area of New Orleans. Some of them have a concealed carry license, and some will choose to exercise an open carry policy.”
But one area in particular Jordan wanted to focus on was service workers. He says many of them worry about going to and from work late at work.
“You can call our group! We’re going to have people in the French Quarter. We will come out there and walk you to your car, walk you to your bus stop… that’s what I really want to focus on. The service workers in the French Quarter who are scared to death out there. We want to say, “‘Okay, we’re going to be there for you.’”
Will volunteer citizens carrying guns make for a safe or more dangerous French Quarter? Would it be better if they were in uniforms and not plain clothes? Is this a good or bad idea?
Listen to the full interview and tell me what you think!