With all the gun discussions going on and the numerous threads for and against gun control, here is a different take. Let's MANDATE that every head
of house, is REQUIRED to own at least one firearm!
The idea is based on a law that was put in effect in Kennesaw Georgia in 1982! Here is an article from 2007, which briefly describes the law and
speaks to the statistics of the crime rate.
The city's population grew from around 5,000 in 1980 to 13,000 by 1996 (latest available estimate). Yet there have been only three murders: two with
knives (1984 and 1987) and one with a firearm (1997). After the law went into effect in 1982, crime against persons plummeted 74 percent compared to
1981, and fell another 45 percent in 1983 compared to 1982.
And it has stayed impressively low. In addition to nearly non-existent homicide (murders have averaged a mere 0.19 per year), the annual number of
armed robberies, residential burglaries, commercial burglaries, and rapes have averaged, respectively, 1.69, 31.63, 19.75, and 2.00 through 1998.
With all the attention that has been heaped upon the lawful possession of firearms lately, you would think that a city that requires gun ownership
would be the center of a media feeding frenzy. It isn't. The fact is I can't remember a major media outlet even mentioning Kennesaw. Can you?
The reason is obvious. Kennesaw proves that the presence of firearms actually improves safety and security. This is not the message that the media
want us to hear. They want us to believe that guns are evil and are the cause of violence.
The facts tell a different story. What is even more interesting about Kennesaw is that the city's crime rate decreased with the simple knowledge
that the entire community was armed. The bad guys didn't force the residents to prove it. Just knowing that residents were armed prompted them to move
on to easier targets. Most criminals don't have a death wish.
This is a great link because it contains graphs and stats showing the types of crimes, how often they occurred and the decline since
Now some of you may be saying, "wait a minute, that article is from 2007, a lot has changed since then."
Here is another article I found from December 2012 following the Newtown tragedy. Have things really changed? Not much according to this from
No town in the U.S. has been as public about its support for guns as Kennesaw, population about 30,000, where city leaders for 30 years have required
that every household have at least one gun. The Dec. 14 killings of 20 children and six adults, the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history,
has done little to change that, residents say in interviews.
Please read the article you will see that the the law is NOT perfect, I think you would be hard pressed to find any law that was. . However the
crime rate did decline and continues too. Common sense dictates that a criminal will think twice before invading a home knowing that they will face
at least one loaded gun, maybe more?
If we called for every head of house in the United States to own at least one firearm, guess what? Our crime rate would decline exponentially! Guns
are not evil, they cannot act of their own free will. They require a human to load and pull the trigger!
If we empowered the people with the mindset that it is not our right but our responsibility as citizens to educate ourselves on gun safety, the risks,
the benefits and the gun laws perhaps we could restore the pride of our generation and the ones to follow.
Perhaps we could return to a society of morals and values. One where the officials we elect will work for us, the people not the other way around.
It is time to stop living in fear and take back the country we love. This is the kind of change we need in America. It wont happen overnight but it
Your thoughts ATS?
Thanks for your time,
edit on 1/18/2013 by paxnatus because: typo