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One of the signs of a decaying society is the growing number of people who take advantage of others during times of disaster, including fires, earthquakes, riots, tornadoes and hurricanes.

Unfortunately, that’s what is happening in Houston and other areas in Texas and Louisiana have that have sustained heavy damage from the winds, rain and flooding. Not only does the flooding bring out disease, snakes and alligators, but it also brings out the scum of American society – looters – people who steal from others as they are going through one of the worse things that have ever happened to them.

Gun stores in the Houston area are reporting that the sale of ammunition has skyrocketed in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Signs have been seen warning looters that they will be shot. Homeowners returning home are loading their guns and claim anyone trying to steal from them will end up shot.

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Hurricane Harvey may have moved on from East Texas, but the flood waters are only beginning to recede. Millions are scrambling for essentials like drinking water and food. Some, with worries about the ability of strained law enforcement to keep the peace, are in search of bullets.

“Our phones are blowing off the hook,” said James Hillin, the owner of Full Armor Firearms in Houston, which made it through the storm without flooding. “What people want is ammo. People want to arm up and protect themselves from the looters.”

There have been reports of looting in Houston, and the mayor has instituted a curfew. More than 40 people have been arrested in the city and the surrounding area, the Houston Chronicle reported on Thursday. So far, there doesn’t appear to be evidence that the problem is widespread…

Frankly, I believe that every looter deserves to be shot on sight. They are not just stealing but they are victimizing people who are already victims of the storm. They are vulnerable and already hurting, especially those who have lost most everything and don’t have flood insurance. I know if it was me, I would be armed and ready to shoot anyone caught trying to steal what little is left, and that includes store owners.

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