More on looting and self-defense
Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, David Kopel floats the idea of shooting looters (pointing out a citizen's arrest is hardly feasible under the conditions), and Orin Kerr points out some hazards (need to discern who is looting necessities to stay alive, risk of "friendly fire" between two good guys each thinking the other is an armed looter.
It goes without saying that these problems would be minimized if there was any organization of the militia. I'm not talking military training, just organization at the level of an armed neighborhood watch. Even if not organized in advance, in future disasters where there is some warning, why not see if one can be hastily put together?
Now, that would be an interesting project for shooting groups in disaster-prone areas! If order were being restored in NO by something like Southern Louisana Rifle and Pistol Ass'n, divided into squads and improv companies, it'd do more for the right to arms than fifty law review articles.