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Kennesaw vs. Morton Grove after 25 years

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posted on Oct, 11 2008 @ 12:35 PM

In 1981, Morton Grove, Illinois became the first town in the U.S. to pass a flat out ban on the possession of handguns within the town limits by anyone except police and active duty military during the performance of their official duties. In response, the town of Kennesaw, Georgia passed a gun law of their own in March of 1982. The Kennesaw law was almost the exact opposite to the Morton Grove ordinance. Rather than banning handgun possession, Kennesaw required every head-of-household to keep at least one firearm and appropriate ammunition in their home – with exemptions for those who had religious or philosophical objections to maintaining or using weapons. In other words, gun ownership was mandatory except for people who didn’t want to own a gun.

Kennesaw and Morton Grove weren’t really a fair comparison when the experiment started. Kennesaw was pretty rural while Morton Grove was solidly suburban. Kennesaw had a population of only about 5500 while Morton Grove was closer to 23,000. And Kennesaw had a per capita crime rate significantly higher than the national average while Morton Grove enjoyed a relatively low crime rate.

How has the experiment been?

Morton Grove’s relatively low crime rate went up by over 15% immediately after enactment of the ban (12% more than surrounding areas) and has held pretty steady at just a tad below the national average ever since. There has been no statistical indication of the handgun ban having any positive effect.

Kennesaw is a different story though. In 1982, the year the firearms requirement was enacted, Kennesaw realized a 74% reduction in crime against persons over the previous year. That rate then dropped 45% between 1982 and 1983. In fairness, statistics showing percentage increases or decreases in crime can be very misleading especially when crime numbers and the population are both low to begin with.

After 25 years, Kennesaw and Morton Grove stand out as proof positive that the only gun control laws with any hope of reducing crime are laws which empower the law-abiding people rather than disarming them.


As solid a case study as we've ever had and I'm sure it will still be the barrel shrouds and bayonet lugs that are responsible for harm in the minds of some.

posted on Oct, 11 2008 @ 01:48 PM
It should a nation wide law.
At least in here in Arkansas, we do have a concealed carry law, as long as you take he class, pass the test, and get the permit.
I know that puts you on the grid, but it's still better than being a victim.

posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 08:19 AM
Interesting (in a sad way) that this thread didn't receive more attention. One would think that especially now that the world we believed we were living in has changed drastically, people would give more attention to the subject of the correlation of crime and the ability of effective self defense.

Anyways, for the pro-gun people, this is just one more piece of evidence that they are basically right, while for the gun grabbers this is just another damn statistic.

posted on Jan, 9 2013 @ 05:10 PM
Statistics dont matter,
Costitutions dont matter,
Nothing the people can do or say will stop this attempt to take their freedoms from them......
The lies which anti gunners tell, and the heavy handed hypocrisy of their demands will work against them in the end....but the grab will proceede unless stopped by the people or their representatives(if they know which side the butters on)
The goverment is Determined to see this through to the conclusion of your liberty.

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