Mandated Gun Ownership: A Tale of Two Cities


Over the past week I have written several articles on gun control. This all stems from the tide that rises after events such as those that took place in Aurora, Colorado this past weekend. However, there needs to be real comparisons made for the claims I've made and so I am offering a real life comparison of the liberal approach to gun control and the conservative approach to the Second Amendment.

Let's take a city all the way across the country from Aurora, Colorado: Kennesaw, Georgia. Instead of having gun control laws, the city has actually mandated gun ownership. What a revolutionary idea (pun intended)!

In 1982 the city of Kennesaw passed an ordinance [Sec 34-21] that read:

(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.

This was in response to the town of Morton Grove, IL, which is located near Chicago, another city that wants to keep guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens, which sought a handgun ban. Notice the ordinance does provide exemptions of certain people, but overall they make sure that each homeowner has the ability to protect themselves.

David Kopel, a gun rights activist, claims that the law reduced the rate of burglaries in the first year. The number of burglaries prior to the ordinance were 65. The following years, 1983-84, showed dramatic drops in burglaries down to 26 and then 11. Newsmax also confirms the drop that Kopel claims.

The city now proclaims on its website,

Kennesaw once again was in the news on May 1, 1982, when the city unanimously passed a law requiring "every head of household to maintain a firearm together with ammunition." After passage of the law, the burglary rate in Kennesaw declined and even today, the City has the lowest crime rate in Cobb County.

Gary DeMar, who lives near Kennesaw writes about the virtually non-existent murder rate,

In fact, from 1982 through 2009, Kennesaw had been nearly murder free with one murder occurring in 2007.

There were three murders in 2010 committed by the same man in what is described as a “school safety zone,” an area extending 1,000 feet from any school, including adult colleges and technical schools. This means that even though Kennesaw has the most liberal gun laws in the United States, employees at the facility where the murders were committed could not have a gun on the premises.

All of this and Kennesaw, Georgia is nothing like the stories of the Wild West, which truthfully really weren't that wild.

Now compare a city like Kennesaw to New York City, a place where the mayor says that police should "go on strike" until people demand more gun control laws from their legislatures. In 2010 alone, New York City saw 515 murders! As of May 18, 2012 there were already 136 murders in the city, and if we go back to 1990 there were 2,245 murders. Compare that to DeMar's numbers cited for Kennesaw where over the course of nearly two decades they had only one murder and then they saw three in a "gun free zone."

Not only is the murder rate an issue in New York City a problem, but their ridiculous gun laws turn law abiding citizens into criminals.

For instance, remember Mark Meckler, the Tea Party leader who was arrested back in December for having his weapons declared and in a locked box with ammunition as he traveled from New York to California? Mackler faced up to fifteen years, but instead plead guilty and was fined $250 and given a one-year conditional discharge.

Take former Marine Ryan Jerome, who traveled to New York City with his .45 Ruger for protection as he was handling $15,000 worth of gold. When he attempted to do the right thing and check his weapon at the Empire State Building he was also arrested. This was a misdemeanor charge. In his case, he plead guilty and was fined $1,200 and required to perform 10 hours of community service. It's ironic that one entrusted with weapons for the defense of the nation is not looked at the same way when he is out of uniform.

Ironically in Jerome's case, another young lady from Tennessee also had a misdemeanor charge but walked out with no community service and only a $200 fine. What do you think the state of New York City is really trying to teach in this situation?

I confirmed with Kennesaw Police Department that they employ 63 officers, while New York City has a small army with 35,000 uniformed officers in its counterterrorism unit alone.

So let's see here, would you rather live in a place that employees a small army and is practically a police state that can't protect you, infringes upon your Second Amendment rights and has hundreds of murders annually or would you prefer one of Family Circle's "10 best towns for families" where the rights of individuals protecting themselves with a firearm are encouraged and even mandated and in the past 25 years there have been less murders than you can count on one hand? Does it appear that more gun laws are the answer or simply more people with guns?

New York City promotes gun control. Kennesaw promotes the Second Amendment. Any questions?

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  • Karenindixie

    I think the message here is very clear. In a city where gun ownership is mandatory, the criminals go elsewhere. Even with the law exempting people the don't want to actual own guns, what criminal is going to take the chance? Kennesaw is not a small town, yet it remains one of the lowest-crime cities in Georgia. The same will happen in Nelson, where the criminal has no way of knowing who does or does not own a weapon. The thought that someone might take a chance, and hope that no one has a gun in the house will deter many criminals. If similar laws were created around the US, you multiply the number of criminals that just aren't going to take the chance. It's comparable to putting an alarm company sign on the house. What criminal is going to take the chance, whether there is an actual alarm there or not. I live in a very small town in Georgia, with a well-respected police and sheriff's force, and crime is pretty much limited to drunk drivers. However, just a few months ago, a mother in our town was forced into the crawlspace of her home with her children, hoping to hide from a home invader. The burglar continued to pursue them (the woman and children), so she shot him 5 times. He was recently sentenced, after pleading guilty, to 25 years in prison with a mandatory time served of 10 years, when they will re-assess the situation. It shook me to the core that this type of crime happened in our little town, but it goes to show that criminals don't care where they are, as long as they think the opportunity is there. This particular gunman was shot 5 times, and barely survived. He picked the wrong house that day. I do have weapons in my house, and know how to use them. Our Second Amendment rights are more important today than ever, and we cannot let the government try to work up a plan that would basically attempt to limit gun ownership. Of course, I agree that the mentally ill should not have weapons, but in Newtown, the shooter did not own the weapons, his mother did.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.rao.92 Tony Rao

    To ALL the reactionary gun-grabbers, progressives -

    Put your money where your mouth is, place a lawn-sign in front of your home, or a large sign in the front window of your home, that states:

    "This house is a gun-free zone. We have no weapons here. Never will."

    But [they] won't do it because, somewhere in the deep recesses of their brains, they realize those signs tell would-be bad-guys, that the family living in that home, are totally defenseless. So, in essence, NOT adding the sign to their home means, they aren't completely with their own agenda. We all know the definition of that last sentence.

    Hypocrites.

  • Nathan51

    It's too bad we can't put razor wire around New York, Chicago and all these other Leftist enclaves and then let the criminals kill all the idiots that worked so hard to make themselves such easy targets. I wonder how long it would take in that situation before the empty headed morons figured it out? You are a big shot Leftist politician and want to pass a gun control law? You and your entire family should be forced to live in the worst neighborhood in the worst end of town without your armed security and you and your family members are not allowed to carry anything for protection. I wonder how long this would last?

  • DLM

    I
    am a strong supporter of the second amendment and opposed to MOST gun control
    but, don’t ya think this is a little like comparing apples to peaches? What is
    the population of Kennesaw, Georgia? How dose Kennesaw, Georgia stack up
    against Morton Grove, IL? Wouldn’t that
    tell a better story?

    • http://www.facebook.com/tony.rao.92 Tony Rao

      Look at England and compare that to Australia and the US. The gun-controlled UK & Aussie's crime is continuing to climb, while here in the US, from 1992 to 2012, violent crime rates have fallen by 42%. That number come from the FBI website.

      Meanwhile, UK citizens have been marching in huge numbers, warning of higher crime if we [the US] loose the rights [they] gave up, by handing in all their hand guns. Those that didn't hand in their gun, that subsequently needed/used it to defend themselves in a home-invasion, will find themselves in jail for many, many years.

      It really isn't difficult to see, if a person can visualize, that defenseless people face oppression by those that feel inclined to subjugate them. Be they average criminals, public-servants, or a neighbor or family member, bent on oppressive acts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1118665095 Paul Jones

      I have lived in Kennesaw for six years and I love this town. You asked the question How does Kennesaw, GA stack up against Morton Grove, IL? I found this article you and others might want to read, called Case Study: Morton Grove, IL v. Kennesaw, GA here is the link ...http://guncontroltruth.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/case-study-morton-grove-illinois-v-kennesaw-georgia/

  • Anon user

    The appalling thing is the "anti-gun" advocates never use hard facts in their completely emotional arguments. Banning gun ownership will make you safer; IT DOES NOT..

    If you really look and work hard to keep emotions out of it; where we all have seen heinous acts committed have been in " GUN FREE ZONES". THAT IS A FACT. The monsters that commit these acts KNOW THIS and THAT IS WHY THEY GO THERE; Even the military shooting by that POS; NO ONE WAS ABLE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES..

    A majority of these monsters will kill themselves when confronted by either Law Enforcement or "Armed" citizen(s)..

    Here is a link to a very interesting article:

    http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/07/mandated-gun-ownership-a-tale-of-two-cities/

    The thing I see is all of these "Liberals" are telling you and I is this..
    We are smarter than you because you are too stupid to take care of yourselves so we will do it for you even if you don't like it..

  • unwillingvictime

    I am hearing Obonehead is again doing an end around with the UN gun theft. I did not hear what he said but supposedly, he alone can sign it WITHOUT SENATE APPROVAL!!! The UN will allow him to sign it and it will be law according to the info I got. How the hell can this happen? I want him out and I want him out NOW!! He has no right to be there and has already proved he is part of the greatest conspiracy ever against the United States! HE MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE!! Enough of this tip toe bull. Sheriff Joe and the military must enforce our Constitution immediately. If he signs that, he IS guilty of high treason and must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

    • vicki

      "The UN will allow him to sign it and it will be law according to the info I got."

      It may be UN law but it can't be US law. Any attempt to enforce it WOULD be against US law.

    • unwillingvictime

      Actually I was informed early this morning that it is a dead issue. According to the NRA the UN got way to much flak about it and knew it would never get support to the ban in the US and that alone would make it a moot point. Supposedly, enough of Congress wrote they would in no way support such a ban if it were to impede our Second Amendment rights. Without this it would take the majority of the strength out of the treaty and as such, useless. What these idiots, such as the Traitor in Chief, don't realize is that money is not what makes the NRA so strong, it's the amount of people who belong to it and share those very values. This is truly "the power of the people".

  • Raymond

    Hillary Clinton Visits School Children.
    Hillary Clinton goes to a primary school in New York to talk
    about the world. After her talk she offers question time.

    One little boy puts up his hand. The Senator asks him what his name is.
    "Kenneth." "And what is your question, Kenneth?"

    "I have three questions: First - whatever happened to your medical
    health care plan? Second - why would you run for President after
    your husband shamed the office? And, Third - whatever happened
    to all those things you took when you left the White House?"

    Just then the bell rings for recess. Hillary Clinton informs the kiddies
    that they will continue after recess. When they resume Hillary says,
    "Okay where were we? Oh, that's right, question time. Who has a
    question?" A different little boy puts his hand up; Hillary points
    him out and asks him what his name is.
    "Larry."

    "And what is your question, Larry?"

    "I have five questions: First - whatever happened to your medical health care plan? Second - why would you run for President after your husband shamed the office? Third - whatever happened to all those things you took when you left the White House? Fourth- why did the recess bell go off 20 minutes early? And, Fifth - what happened to Kenneth?

  • Raymond

    If You Can Not Stand Behind Our Troops , please Feel Free To Stand In Front Of Them!!!!!

  • wildwood one one

    The liberal feds haven't thought yet about taxing you if you don't have a gun. (Think obamacare.) Also, tax those who do have a gun. Our budding dictator need the money.

  • LibConservative

    In essence I agree with your logic, that simply put, anywhere guns are outlawed,
    crime will increase. Has there yet to be an incident where gun control is the
    law. If schools started mandating that their teachers carry firearms (with
    expemtions of course) do you think these people would go to schools. Currently
    there has been a drastic increase of crime at Georgia Tech and the school is
    seriously considering allowing students who have carry conceal permits to start
    carrying for their own protection. However, may liberals would point out that
    Kennesaw, who has a population of 30,916 cannot be compared to a place like New
    York City which has 8,244,910 people. I would further support your argument by
    stating that Kennesaw has one officer for every 491 people and NY City has one
    officer for every 236 people. Obviously a better ratio for NY City, and yet,
    they still have a very high murder rate percentage based upon population
    (Kennesaw = .000097 versus NY City = .000272). Those numbers make it seem
    insiginifcant but I believe it further enforces your point and dispels any
    liberal though pattern that might exist in protest to your article.

  • Big Rod

    I live in Phoenix AZ & we just had a home invasion where one bad guy shot his thug buddy (very badly) as they were trying to get into the home.

  • Marj0120

    When I lived in Phoenix, AZ, we had a major influx of folks from California because the job market was so bad there. There was a rash of car jackings and home invasions at first but the number quickly went back down to it's normal levels when car jackers found out many drivers kept their hand guns in their cars and home invasions did not go so well with most citizens being well armed. lol

  • Gray Ryder

    I wonder if anyone in Kennsaw has attempted to send this article to Mayor Bloomerbritches of Nwe Yak City.

    • TOO INFORMED

      If Bloomberg thinks that all New York City inhabitents should NOT own a gun, why is he (Bloomberg) surrounded with a squad of ARMED police whenever he steps out of Gracie Mansion or the Mayors Office? Must be all the ARMED criminals and NOT the armed honest citizens. Bloombergs idea of gun control is to remove the second amendment and I am sure all armed criminals will then turn in their illegal guns.

    • IddiKlu

      I am surprised no one has pointed out thus far, that the proof of how law abiding gun owners are, that no one has yet taken a shot at either Bloomberg or Feinstein. Talk about marvelous restraint! ;-)
      As opposed to the other side already threatening the NRA CEO.

  • ARMYOF69

    I don't remember where I saw this in the past, " An armed populace, is a peaceful populace". I compare that with todays' DETENTE, between us and the former USSR. It works.
    Otherwise, another ancient famous saying comes into play:
    MAN IS WOLF TO MAN.......Roman days

  • JohnC

    No one in their right mind would even think about burglarizing a house knowing that they might get shot...It is easier to go down the road to the next town that doesn't have such an ordinance an 85% decrease. Switzerland has such a law and their numbers are equally low, Australia has a country wide ban and shooting's are up 44% what are they shooting with, guns are banned, except criminals have them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christine-Kroeker/1239032574 Christine Kroeker

    Although I agree wholeheartedly with the main point of this article, it is unfair to compare absolute numbers (of murders & police officers) in Kennesaw to absolute numbers in New York City because of the huge difference in their respective populations. The author should use per 1000 residents or something to compare apples to apples. The gun rights people have the facts behind their point of view. It doesn't serve the cause to use unfair comparisons. There are enough real facts to defend the position. It makes us look disingenuous.

    • Appalacian Woman

      I made the same observation as I was reading. I'm sure per capita figures would reflect his point just as well (maybe better) and be more convincing.

    • VT Patriot

      Christine, When 'rates' are included, things really get interesting. The 2 states with the lowest crime rate per 100,000 people for violent crimes are AK (#1) and VT (#2).
      These are not the lowest populated states, but the safest to live in. They also have another thing in common, they have the most intelligent gun laws in all 50 (or is it 57) states. Our liberal state govt doesn't even want to approach this, as they'd be out of office by 5:00 o'clock.

    • The big Easy

      @-c k---------Why don't ya'll use some COMMON SENSE? ? ? ? ? If YOU are a criminal in a town that has a MANDATORY GUN OWNERSHIP for every household,doesn't the idea that YOU are 99% more than likely going to get SHOT for YOUR criminal doings ,enter your MENTAL-MIDGET MENTALITY,as opposed to the more than 99% likely that the household in such as n.y.,WILL NOT HAVE A LEGAL WEAPON,because of such TYRANTS as that jerk mayor, doom-berg, has a very STRONG ANTI-GUN MENTALITY for the citizens by that police state gubermint .Just a question for you,what would be a better outcome, 1) a RAPEST comes into YOUR house and you have NO LEGAL WEAPON to protect YOURSELF,or 2) a RAPEST comes into YOUR house and YOU DO have a LEGAL WEAPON,and you PUT DOWN that criminal poor excuse for a human being.---------Give that some time to sink in before YOU answer.--------------Regardless of 'the huge difference in their respective populations'.Do some research on the difference between the countries that have ANTI-GUN LAWS,and the countries that DO HAVE LESS GUN OWNERSHIP CONTROL.It may surprise YOU a lot as to what YOU find out.------------GUN CONTROL IS WHEN I HIT THE TARGET-----------

    • LibConservative

      Your assumption is that criminals have common sense. The reality is that they act like animals, and, once a few of their friends are shot or killed, they tend to stay away from that area out of fear for their own lives (like the example above in Phoenix, AZ posted by BigRod). It's a shame that gun owners have to resort to shooting someone just for criminals to get the idea that maybe this is not the best place to commit a crime.

  • librtyship

    Morton Grove, or should that be Morton Grave????

  • http://www.facebook.com/jerry.sutton.3304 Jerry Sutton

    Stay the hell out of New York....they are anti-American....and you wonder
    why they have so much crime? Because the good guys get more punishment
    than the bad guys. WOW...what a state.....I think I'll move and tell all
    them-there yankees to vote for me....I'll give them everything...and I'll
    become their next senator. I hate to say this....those people are wacky
    up there.

    • librtyship

      Want to see what a truly Anti American place is? I can think of two right offhand namely Hollywood or San Francisco California!!

    • WASP

      No argument from me, but that is theleft-coast Peoples' Socialist Republic of Mexifornia, America's version of Greece on steroids.

    • Wildwood 1 1

      No argument from me. I'v lived in Hollywood since 1953 except for my hitches in the Marines.