Sherriff Larry Dean of Bossier Parish, Louisiana, is getting ready for the end of the world, and he’s asking local citizens to help. The Shreveport Times reports that Dean recruited 200 mostly white men, training them with shotguns, riot shields, batons, and even a .50 caliber machine gun.
In the event of a catastrophic event, volunteers will be dispatched to protect vital areas in Bossier from looters or rioters, including grocery stores, gasoline stations, hospitals and other public meeting places.
“We feel if we prepare for the worst, we’ll definitely be able to handle the rest.”
But is arming hastily deputized civilians and putting them in charge of vital public supplies and services really a good idea? When food is running low, and zombies are walking the street, will these new law men look out for the interest of everyone, or just their own friends and family?
Undoubtedly, giving a select group of people high-powered automatic weapons and a license to kill significantly alters the balance of power in the community. It also assumes that other citizens will readily respect the new authority of their neighbors.
What do you think? Is Brossier Parish in a better position to handle the zombie pandemic than most, or is it even more likely to be plagued by lawlessness and violence because of Sherriff Dean’s preparedness measures?