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November 30th, 2012
06:18 PM ET

FEMA officer says 'we've got to do more'

Some victims are of Superstorm Sandy, especially in Staten Island, are voicing concerns about FEMA’s response to the recovery efforts. Don Lemon talks with FEMA Coordinating Officer Mike Byrne who says the important thing to realize is “we’re not leaving until we get it done.”

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  1. Sharon LeMaster

    I read FEMA Dircetor as "They" will stay until they get "it" done.. I read Nothing of their Priorities nor a Plan that is in process to reach the Needs of the ALL the Victims. As in, Housing, Food, & Assistence for archiving such. Where is the money being spent?

    December 1, 2012 at 2:04 am |
  2. Bill

    Clearly his is the Presidents fault. He has failed again to do what he said. President Bush needs to get off his butt and get people in there. I can't believe he let it happen again.

    December 1, 2012 at 8:08 am |

    “we’re not leaving until we get it done.” I say you have to do more personaly ...

    December 3, 2012 at 4:03 am |
  4. Jason O

    Bush got the blame for Katrina's FEMA shortcomings. There are reports from volunteers that worked both disasters that the relief effort from Sandy is less organized than Katrina was. I'm sure the media will be all over Obama for this. Hello? Anybody? Hello?

    December 7, 2012 at 7:58 am |
  5. Cindee Crane

    ), after reading your “note” from a parent, (who thanked you for your care and handling of this tragedy)-this expert said, they must go back into the school with a temporary police officer etc. etc. First of all, that note the parent wrote asked for safety at the schools! He just blew her off, why should there be temporary security, is there temporary security at the airport? At the court houses? At the White House?

    December 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  6. Cindee Crane

    To Newsman Don Lemon: I am so very angry about some of the cavalier comments some of those interviewed are making. Some of which are supposed to be “experts” like the guy who is head of school security or the therapist you just had on (it is 10:57 am pacific time), after reading your “note” from a parent, (who thanked you for your care and handling of this tragedy)-this expert said, they must go back into the school with a temporary police officer etc. etc. First of all, that note the parent wrote asked for safety at the schools! He just blew her off, why should there be temporary security, is there temporary security at the airport? At the court houses? At the White House? Why, in God’s name should our most vulnerable in our society not have the same degree of security as those at the airport, on planes etc. etc. etc. Please hear he clearly major changes MUST BE MADE, no one should in ANY way be able to penetrate the doors of the school, we can alarm our homes and workplaces with automatic police response, we can do that at our schools, at least 2 people should be trained in using guns on the staff (running towards a gun with no training and no weapon will get you killed, come on), each 2 class rooms share a “safe room” impenetrable, bullet safe! All of these things can be done. The least amount of money is given to our education system….this is a beginning to make every single school in America safe for our most vulnerable. IF not what is it going to take--a mass shooting in a hospital, in the nursery?? These sick people goto the place, often where they can kill the most with the easiest method. We have had so many at schools, now theatres, churches etc. etc. it needs to stop. This casual send them back to school, this is isolated, we MUST move on and get back to normal….BS…you will never be able to get the answer to “why evil”, to say back to normal, how would YOU as an adult feel about going back to work if this happened to you and your work place was NOT made absolutely secure???? Yes, we need to do something about guns in our country-look at the stats in other countries! But that is not the only solution, first and foremost we need to stop the carnage with the “weapons” we have, using money to secure our schools…I think metal detectors would be good too; out here in Washington state we had a young boy bring his dad’s gun to school, play with it, and accidently almost kill a young girl standing in the class room! In high schools and middle schools absolutely metal detectors…..the lock down at schools with even parental ID, I suggest no one comes in without appointment, a call, cameras at all doors at least, no breakable glass, and these are just the beginning. With our technology we can and SHOULD give to the children in our society. LETS ANSWER THE NOTE YOU READ, LETS DO THE RIGHT THING TO MAKE OUR CHILDREN SAFE IN OUR SCHOOLS! REMEMBER, THE CHILDREN WERE MURDERED WITHIN 2 TO 3 MINS………

    December 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  7. Don

    I honestly believe that if our school personal was properly trained like our police officers, and was armed there wouldn't be this tragedy in our schools, when was last time you hear of a police station getting all shot up?, of course not they all have guns, better gun laws is going to do nothing but get more guns in the hands of criminals and murderers, mexico has very strict gun laws and now they all in the hands of the Cartel so don't let that happen in America

    December 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  8. SKD

    Some proof the left doesn't have a clue.............
    Colorado Springs, Colo.: On Dec. 9, 2007, gunman Mathew Murray, 24, launched an armed attack against the parishioners of the New Life Church that ultimately left two innocent victims dead. But the toll could have been much higher, were it not for the heroic actions of former police officer Jeanne Assam from Minnesota. In an interview she said she very nearly decided not to go to church that morning but because she saw a headline on her computer indicating that two young people were murdered and a training center for Christian missionaries about 70 miles away in the Denver suburb of Arvada, she changed her mind. Murray shot a total of five people before an armed Assam shot and killed him. There were about 7,000 people at the church at the time of the attack.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  9. SKD

    Appalachia Law School, Virginia: On Jan. 16, 2002, Peter Odighizuwa, 43, a former student from Nigeria, arrived on the campus of the school with a handgun around 1:00 p.m. and immediately killed three people, at least two of them at point-blank range. Two students – Mikael Gross and Tracy Bridges – both retrieved handguns from their vehicles and confronted Odighizuwa. As former police officers, both men were trained to subdue suspects but the fact is they were on the scene and armed, and helped prevent more killings.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  10. SKD

    The Santa Clara gunshop shooting in 1999 was stopped by an armed citizen after the shooter declared that he was going to kill everyone. Police found a list of intended victims in his car. Only the perpetrator, Richard Gable Stevens was shot.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  11. SKD

    The December, 1991, Aniston, Alabama defense where a CCW holder stopped armed robbers who were herding employees, customers, and his wife into a cooler. He shot both robbers, killing one.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  12. SKD

    Winnemucca NV shooting, 25 May, 2008
    The shooter, Ernesto Villagomez, entered the Players Bar and Grill and killed two people. He reloaded and was continuing to shoot when a citizen with a concealed carry permit shot him and stopped the killing.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  13. SKD

    Plans to slay everyone in the Muskegon, Michigan, store and steal enough cash and jewelry to feed their "gnawing hunger for crack cocaine" fell apart for a band of would-be killers after one of their victims fought back. Store owner Clare Cooper was returning behind the counter after showing three of the four conspirators some jewelry, when one of the group pulled out a gun and shot him four times in the back. Stumbling for the safety of his bullet-proof glass-encased counter, Cooper managed to grab his shotgun and fire as the suspects fled. They were all later apprehended and the three present during the shooting face life imprisonment.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  14. SKD

    According to the National Self Defense Survey conducted by Florida State University criminologists in 1994, the rate of Defensive Gun Uses can be projected nationwide to approximately 2.5 million per year - one Defensive Gun Use every 13 seconds.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  15. SKD

    In 91.7% of these incidents the defensive use of a gun did not wound or kill the criminal attacker (and the gun defense wouldn't be called "newsworthy" by newspaper or TV news editors). In 64.2% of these gun-defense cases, the police learned of the defense, which means that the media could also find out and report on them if they chose to.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  16. SKD

    In 73.4% of these gun-defense incidents, the attacker was a stranger to the intended victim. (Defenses against a family member or intimate were rare - well under 10%.) This disproves the myth that a gun kept for defense will most likely be used against a family member or someone you love.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  17. SKD

    In 79.7% of these gun defenses, the defender used a concealable handgun. A quarter of the gun defenses occured in places away from the defender's home.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  18. SKD

    Relationship between type of gun owned and
    percent committing street, drug and gun crimes.

    Illegal gun:
    Street crimes = 74%
    Drug use = 41%
    Gun crimes = 21%

    No gun:
    Street crimes = 24%
    Drug use = 15%
    Gun crimes = 1%

    Legal Gun:
    Street crimes = 14%
    Drug use = 13%
    Gun crimes = 0%

    December 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  19. SKD

    According to a January 5, 2000 special report by Geoffrey Dickens, Senior Media Analyst of the Media Research Center, "In 1997, criminologist Gary Kleck estimated that over 2.5 million people a year defend themselves from an assailant or burglar by exercising their constitutional right to bear arms. Yet how many times did television networks report such acts? In the past two years, out of 653 gun policy stories, exactly 12 times. By making a blockbuster story out of several school shootings?while leaving out the millions of times citizens use guns to stop crime each year?they presented a very misleading picture to the average viewer that firearm use brings more harm than good, and thus should be limited or even banned."

    The study further went on to document that instead of reporting on firearms in anything approaching an objective manner, "In 653 gun policy stories, those advocating more gun control outnumbered stories opposing gun control by 357 to 36, or a ratio of almost 10 to 1, while 260 were categorized as neutral. Anti-gun soundbites were twice as frequent as pro-gun ones?412 to 209?while 471 soundbites were neutral. Gun control advocates appeared on the morning shows as guests on 82 occasions, compared to just 37 for gun-rights activists and 58 neutral spokesmen."

    December 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  20. SKD

    When two masked men with guns broke into his home and pointed their weapons at one of the residents, Cody Buckler immediately took action. He retrieved his gun from upstairs and began shooting at the criminals. The crooks fled the scene, leaving a trail of blood behind them. The criminals were eventually apprehended.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  21. SKD

    In 2002, a shooting at Appalachian School of Law left 3 people dead. However, the shooter was stopped before he could kill any more people. Thankfully, 2 students were able to run to their cars, get their guns, and use their weapons to halt the rampage.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  22. SKD

    When 69-year-old Ethel Jones heard her doors rattling at 3 a.m., she grabbed her gun from underneath the pillow next to her. She ended up finding an intruder inside her bedroom, forcing her to shoot the teen in the abdomen. The teenager survived and faced charges of second-degree burglary.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  23. SKD

    Yet with all of these examples the mindless drones will still spew forth their vitriol about wanting more gun control.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  24. Trena

    If there was affordable health care for mental health maybe, just maybe, we can help avoid this in the future. These people that commit these crimes should have recieved some kind of medical treatment that may have been denied to them for lack of $. Gun control is NOT the only answer. I am constantly hearing that they had issues in their lives. If they had the money to get real treatment they may not have gone so far as to getting a gun. I cried for 3 days over this shooting. Anyone can go out on the streets and purchase a gun without ever having to go to a gun shop. The fact of the matter is.... Guns are available to anyone who really wants to get one. It is a sad thing but it is the truth. In every city, in every town, in every community you can purchase a gun without ever going to a gun shop. It does not matter if they have to wait 3 days or 30 days for a background check, guns can be purchsed without the wait. We, as Americans, have the right to bear arms. We have the right to protect our family. We have the right to protect our person from harm from others. We do not have the right to kill innocent people because we had a bad life. If you want to be mad at someone, DO NOT TAKE IT OUT IN THE INNOCENT!

    December 23, 2012 at 1:24 am |

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