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25 years murder free in 'Gun Town USA'

Want to live somewhere in the US where crime is almost non-existent? Try Kennesaw, GA. This quiet little town just a few miles north of Atlanta REQUIRES it's citizens to own a firearm...

http://www.wnd.com/2007/04/41196/

As the nation debates whether more guns or fewer can prevent tragedies like the Virginia Tech Massacre, a notable anniversary passed last month in a Georgia town that witnessed a dramatic plunge in crime and violence after mandating residents to own firearms.

In March 1982, 25 years ago, the small town of Kennesaw – responding to a handgun ban in Morton Grove, Ill. – unanimously passed an ordinance requiring each head of household to own and maintain a gun. Since then, despite dire predictions of “Wild West” showdowns and increased violence and accidents, not a single resident has been involved in a fatal shooting – as a victim, attacker or defender.

The crime rate initially plummeted for several years after the passage of the ordinance, with the 2005 per capita crime rate actually significantly lower than it was in 1981, the year before passage of the law.

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I live in Kennesaw,

I live in Kennesaw, GA...thanks for the local pride post!!

One world, under government, with power and money for the elite

Which VA Tech Massacre are you referring to?

"As the nation debates whether more guns or fewer can prevent tragedies like the Virginia Tech Massacre"

Is it the one that made big news a few years back when 32 people died or the one a year before when it was ok to carry and someone carrying killed a shooter and ended a massacre after he shot only one person?

article is 5 years

article is 5 years old...refers to the mass shooting at vatech.

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

You missed my sarcasm

I was casually mentioning that the year before the VA Tech massacre they had an open carry policy. During that time, they had a similar shooting but the shooter was immediately shot by a person that just happened to be carrying. It ended in 2 deaths. One by the shooter and the shooter himself. No media.

ah... sort of like

ah...

sort of like this...

http://www.dailypaul.com/267875/the-san-antonio-theater-shoo...

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

Cool, but...

I don't agree at all with laws requiring people to own and maintain a gun. There aren't to be any laws requiring someone to do something. It's like seat belt laws. Law is only supposed to be punishment for immoral actions which harm other people, not for regulating or creating behavior.

Please come join my forum if you're not a trendy and agree with my points of view.

law is symbolic. Citizens

law is symbolic. Citizens are 'encouraged'...and I'd be willing to bet that more than not have a firearm. They aren't going to go door to door checking though.

The Swiss require their citizens to own a firearm...and they don't play around. They also have one of the lowest crime rates in the world.

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

Whether you agree or not

Whether you agree or not they're constitutional.

The government is explicitly authorized - and encouraged - to have a militia requirement. This is a prime example of one, and far closer to the traditions of the Founders than not having such a law.

I note, also, that this particular law (according to news reports when it was passed) explicitly allows conscientious objection. If you find guns morally abhorrent, you are not required to arm yourself.

Now if you believe in anarchy you're being consistent. From an anarchist perspective a government shouldn't be able to mandate arming yourself because it shouldn't be able to mandate anything.

After about 46 years of political activism, though, I've decided I'm willing to settle for constitutional minarchy. So I don't have a problem with it - especially since it's primarily an authorization and recommendation, rather than an actual requirement with enforcement teeth.

I usually oppose passing laws to "send a message". (That's what resolutions are for.) But it CAN be done right. B-)

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

I lived there for 5 years and

I lived there for 5 years and it's a great city. Now I live in the city right next to it, Marietta, which is the county seat. Kennesaw is growing. It's home to the state's third largest university. Yes you are required to own a gun but no one comes to check. The fact that no one knows who may or may not have one keeps people from messing with anyone.

"no one knows who may or may not have one"

How many people is this statement keeping safe?

I don't own a gun, but criminals don't know this.

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That is kind of what I was wondering

I think it is a great success story for the anti 2nd amendment folk, but I was wondering how much they enforce it. I do not like spending my money on almost anything, especially not when a governing body tells me I have to, so I would hate to be in a city like that if the enforce that law strictly. However, just the idea that everyone is supposed to be armed keeps people from causing trouble... that is really a good idea.

They don't enforce it. In my

They don't enforce it. In my 5 years of living there never once did I get a knock on my door asking to check and see if I have my gun. So no money is being used to enforce this law. However, everyone knows that the law is in place in Kennesaw but you're not sure who is actually carrying inside their home. Good luck picking the ones who aren't.

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Yeah,

I really like the sounds of that. I really have no desire to have a gun, but in a town like that no one would have to know that and because it is thought that most people have guns people are less likely to cause trouble. I shared this like with a few liberal type friends... still waiting for responses from them lol

I actually have relatives

I actually have relatives living there. The law is mostly symbolic...as another poster stated...nobody is going to fine you for not having a firearm...but ownership is encouraged and I'd say most have taken to heart.

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

Oh that's inconvenient...

Mods: Please move this to the front page.

would that now be

30 YEARS

With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

Nope. Sorry. A little web

Nope. Sorry. A little web searching shows:

They had a murder in April of 2012: A 53 year old man in his driveway. Police arrested three 18-year-olds from Woodstock (with different last names). The victim's son said he didn't know of any connection between the victim and (at least one of) the accused perpetrators: “I don’t know Jalin Collins. I’ve never seen the man in my life,”

In January of 2010 they had a small "mass murder". An ex-employee of a Penske truck rental store shot the store up, killing three and wounding two more. The store was in a 1,000 foot gun-free "school safety zone" around Kennesaw State University. (Gee, what have we all been saying all along?)

City-data (http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Kennesaw-Georgia.html) shows four murders between 1999 and 2005 (each the only murder in its year). Even in the years where they had a killing their murder rate was still far below the national average (as are the other crime stats).

So mandating a gun in every home doesn't make the town invulnerable. But it sure seems to help a whole lot.

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

Thanks Michael.for the research'n

By the way, and FYI,My last name is McCann, and I have a brother named Michael.

With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.