below. It’s about the city of Kennesaw, GA, close to where I grew up.
passed the ordinance in response to an ordinance passed earlier that year in a
town in Illinois banning all guns.
amazing about the drop in crime after the gun law below passed is that, if I’m not
mistaken, the population of the town has gone up considerably since 1982.
The town is noted for its unusual gun legislation. In 1982 the city passed an ordinance [Sec 34-21]
(a) In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition therefore.
(b) Exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who suffer a physical or mental disability which would prohibit them from using such a firearm. Further exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who are paupers or who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony.
Gun rights activist David Kopel stated that there is evidence that this gun law has reduced the incident rate of home burglaries citing that in the first year, home burglaries dropped from 65 before the ordinance, down to 26 in 1983, and to 11 in 1984. The overall crime rate had decreased by more than 50% between 1982 and 2005. Another report observed a noticeable reduction in burglary from 1981, the year before the ordinance was passed, to 1999. A 2001 media report stated that Kennesaw's crime rates continued to decline and were well below the national average, making citizens feel safer and more secure. The city's website says that the city has the lowest crime rate in Cobb county.[23
So...pretty interesting, huh? what do you think?
Z (Thanks, Hal!)