From WWL TV:
NEW ORLEANS – The Good Samaritan who rescued hundreds, maybe thousands, of people during the ‘Great Flood of 2016‘ said he was not happy after a state lawmaker announced he wants to introduce legislation around future actions by citizen heroes.
Some of these citizen heroes, a loosely-organized group called the ‘Cajun Navy,’ gained national attention for their rescue efforts last week, but that attention is nowhere near the pushback lawmakers are discussing when it comes to a lawmakers proposal to require permits for citizen rescue groups.
Cajun Navy member Dustin Clouatre of St. Amant said he hopped into his pleasure skiff and with others, cleared out entire neighborhoods under water.
“For the most part, these people are not going to wait for assistance,” Clouatre said. “They’re doers.”
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.”
Pardon me, I had to pause to let loose a stream of obscenities.
Are you kidding me right now?! These people lived through this twice. They know what happened during Katrina. And, bottom line, the Cajun Navy is the human embodiment of American spirit… when your neighbor is in trouble, you help any way you can. Like the swarms of people who ran to give blood after the Boston Marathon bombing, the people who donated blood and supplies after 9/11… it’s what we do! We have a lot of crappy people like any other nation, but when it hits the fan, there are a lot of good people willing to jump up and help. Natural disasters, terrorism, wars, people in need… whatever it is, it’s what we do.
And now you want to get them licensed?! Please! Yes, offer training to people who want it, but licensing?! Make people pay to get licensed to help people?! Are you kidding me right now?!
And then we sit there and wonder why, in some instances, people don’t help when it is needed. Because of crap like this. Either some idiot is going to sue a good Samaritan because they broke a nail while being rescued from certain death or some butt wipe in a suit is going to legislate to milk them for more money for the honor of breaking their backs to save the lives of fellow human beings they know damn well aren’t going to be rescued properly and/or in time by any government agency.
Because God forbid people take the initiative to get things done on their own and take some responsibility for themselves and those who need them desperately. Instead of honoring these people for saving lives… instead of taking a moment to be happy that for a few minutes no ones race meant a damn thing, we were all just fellow people for a minute… instead of encouraging people to be heroes instead of slugs…
Let’s get some money from some folks with boats who used them for good! YAY!
Dammit! I am sick of the political class. If they got their heads any further up their butts they’d be right side up again. They should be ashamed of themselves.
Pardon me, this one really got me spittin’ mad.