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Kennesaw, Georgia requires gun ownership, and is one of the safest family towns in America

Posted by on Mar. 18, 2013 at 9:54 PM
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It has been featured as one of the top 10 best towns in America for families by Family Circle magazine, and it has one of the lowest crime rates in the entire Atlanta metropolitan area. But one little-known fact about Kennesaw, Georgia, population 30,000, is that heads of household living in the town are required by law to own at least one firearm. And this atypical mandate has played a crucial role in making Kennesaw the safe, family-friendly town that it is today.


Originally passed by the Kennesaw City Council with a unanimous vote back in 1982, the law's stated purpose is to "protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants." And over the past 30-or-so years since the law's enactment, police and other local officials have on numerous occasions told the media that Kennesaw's gun ownership law has resulted in a drastic crime reduction throughout the area.

"When the law was passed in 1982, there was a substantial drop in crime ... and we have maintained a really low crime rate since then," explained police Lt. Craig Graydon to Reuters back in 2007 following the Virginia Tech shootings about the Kennesaw gun law. "We are sure it is one of the lowest (crime) towns in the metro area."

Kennesaw's success with mandatory gun ownership parallels that of the European nation of Switzerland, where similar laws at the national level require individuals to own guns and ammunition. And just like in Kennesaw, Switzerland's crime rate is among the lowest throughout Europe, which can be directly attributed to the country's embedded culture of responsible gun ownership.

"Social conditions are fundamental in deterring crime," explained Peter Squires, a professor of criminology and public policy at the University of Brighton in the U.K., to TIME recently about the value of promoting a culture of responsible gun ownership. "If people have a responsible, disciplined and organized introduction into an activity like shooting, there will be less risk of gun violence."

Gun ownership encourages civic

responsibility, peaceful society

In other words, if owning guns and being trained to use them properly and accurately is engrained into the social structure as being normal, a "culture of support" will be fostered in which people rely on one another for protection. And according to Squires, this culture of support and the sense of civic responsibility it nurtures ultimately helps deter mass shootings rather than promote them. It also advocates a peaceful society composed of well-trained, well-protected individuals who look out for their own families and for one another.

This contrasts sharply with the current national debate on gun control, where many left-leaning politicians are claiming that increased gun restrictions will help reduce crime and promote a civil society. But what they fail to mention is that cities like Washington D.C. and Chicago, where gun restrictions are currently among the strictest in the nation, also have some of the worst crime rates in the nation. With this in mind, would you rather live in a gun-control haven like Chicago or a gun-embracing family town like Kennesaw?


Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/038895_gun_ownership_georgia_safety.html#ixzz2NwkcliyE

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sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Mar. 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Now we want the government forcing us to purchase weapons?
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deadlights86
by Member on Mar. 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM
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Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Now we want the government forcing us to purchase weapons?

Well if it results in a top 10 town in the country for families I don't see that as a bad thing. Criminals are going to get guns and shoot people regardless of gun laws. Might as well be trained and prepared to defend yourself or others if necessary.

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Mar. 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Is this a current or an old story? I thought that town did not enforce that law?
deadlights86
by Member on Mar. 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM


Quoting Sisteract:

Is this a current or an old story? I thought that town did not enforce that law?

Its from Jan 31 2013.

DSamuels
by Gold Member on Mar. 18, 2013 at 10:51 PM
The law has been going strong for over 25 years now, in fact it's about 30 now. In all that time there have only been 4 people killed by a gun. One shooting involved someone who didn't live there, and the other was in a gun-free zone. Go figure. Oh, and these gun incidents only took place in the last 3 years.
Quoting Sisteract:

Is this a current or an old story?
I thought that town did not enforce that law?


ETA: The 3 killed in a gun-free zone were killed by a disgruntled employee. That was in 2010. The other person was shot and wounded. He did not die. He was visiting from out of town and was inside a house with 5 other people when he was shot, it sounds like by someone in the home. Doesn't say it was the homeowner though. That was in 2012.
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DSamuels
by Gold Member on Mar. 18, 2013 at 10:52 PM
They don't force you. There are some exceptions to the law.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Now we want the government forcing us to purchase weapons?
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sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Mar. 18, 2013 at 11:18 PM
And of you don't fall into the exception?

It says mandated him gun ownership

Can a government force you to buy a gun?

They cannot limit a single serving of soda but they can force you to buy a gun?


Quoting DSamuels:

They don't force you. There are some exceptions to the law.



Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Now we want the government forcing us to purchase weapons?
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sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Mar. 18, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Dent "Wildman" Myers, 76, styles himself as a keeper of the flame when it comes to Kennesaw's gun ordinance. His downtown shop contains a cornucopia of artifacts, including old uniforms and dozens of flags of the Confederacy that fought the Union in part in defense of slavery in the Civil War. At the back is a Ku Klux Klan outfit with a noose and a hood.

There also are posters praising defenders of the white race, White Power CDs and a sign that reads: "No Dogs Allowed, No Negroes, No Mexicans." Someone had crossed out the first part of the sign and added "Dogs Allowed."

Myers said he wanted to protect the values that made the town and the South distinct from other parts of the United States.

GUNS AS TOOLS


Quoting deadlights86:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/04/18/us-usa-crime-shooting-town-idUSN1719257620070418

http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/17/project-amendment-28-amend-the-constitution-for-common-sense-gun-ownership/

http://world.time.com/2012/12/20/the-swiss-difference-a-gun-culture-that-works/


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sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Mar. 18, 2013 at 11:26 PM
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Gun ownership has dropped by 20% after the law was enacted

Meaning the gun law had nothing to do with their improved crime rate

When the town's gun law was passed, about 70 percent of households likely owned a gun, Graydon said. But Atlanta commuters have since swelled the town's population and gun ownership now is about 50 percent.

An amendment to the gun ownership law grants exceptions to convicted felons, conscientious objectors and those who cannot afford a gun. No one has ever been prosecuted for failure to own a firearm, Graydon said.

The law may deter criminals but proactive policing and close police liaison with community and business groups were the main reasons why crime has stayed low, he said.

Some residents said they found the law objectionable or silly and simply ignored it.
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