Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Firearms (aka guns) Required in Georgia Town

An article by Matthew Bigg (Reuters) points out that Kennesaw, Georgia north of Atlanta "had little prominence until it passed a gun ordinance in 1982 that required all heads of a household to own a firearm and ammunition." The article goes on to state that, "The Kennesaw law has endured as the town's population has swelled to about 30,000 from 5,000 in 1982. 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,' said police Lt. Craig Graydon. ' We are sure it is one of the lowest (crime) towns in the metro area.'”

It doesn't sound like Kennesaw is a town for the weak and wimpy. "There's been no move to get rid of the law. Why would you?" said Robert Jones, president of the Kennesaw Historical Society. "The law is a great tourist attraction. It's the town with the Gun Law. People in Europe feel they need to be protected by the government. People in the U.S. feel they need to be protected from the government," said Jones, the owner of a .357-caliber Magnum.

Kennesaw is a place that the mythical Dirty Harry or the non-mythical Wyatt Earp (picture left) would have been proud to call home. It might have been a bit troublesome for Wyatt because he have posted ordinances that said no guns in certain parts of Dodge City. In any event the famous lawman would have been able to display his Colt 45 or other weapon of choice.This is not something just for the men, as one lady who works in a Kennesaw shop, said she lived alone and was taking no chances. "I wouldn't hesitate to use it," she said of the gun she keeps loaded with hollow-point bullets. "My little .22. It'll do whatever I want it to." Annie keep your gun!


Dana said...

Egads! I'm a huge "Right to bear arms" advocate, but that law makes me want to stay far, far away from Georgia!

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