- The New American magazine reminds us that March 25th
marked the 16th anniversary of Kennesaw, Georgia's ordinance requiring
heads of households (with certain exceptions) to keep at least one firearm
in their homes.
- The city's population grew from around 5,000 in 1980
to 13,000 by 1996 (latest available estimate). Yet there have been only
three murders: two with knives (1984 and 1987) and one with a firearm (1997).
- "After the law went into effect in 1982, crime against
persons plummeted 74 percent compared to 1981, and fell another 45 percent
in 1983 compared to 1982. And it has stayed impressively low. In addition
to nearly non-existent homicide (murders have averaged a mere 0.19 per
year), the annual number of armed robberies, residential burglaries, commercial
burglaries, and rapes have averaged, respectively, 1.69, 31.63, 19.75,
and 2.00 through 1998."
- With all the attention that has been heaped upon the
lawful possession of firearms lately, you would think that a city that
requires gun ownership would be the center of a media feeding frenzy. It
isn't. The fact is I can't remember a major media outlet even mentioning
Kennesaw. Can you? The reason is obvious. Kennesaw proves tha! ! t the
presence of firearms actually improves safety and security. This is not
the message that the media want us to hear. They want us to believe that
guns are evil and are the cause of violence. The facts tell a different
- What is even more interesting about Kennesaw is that
the city's crime rate decreased with the simple knowledge that the entire
community was armed.
- The bad guys didn't force the residents to prove it.
Just knowing that residents were armed prompted them to move on to easier
targets. Most criminals don't have a death wish. There have been two occasions
in my own family when the presence of a handgun averted potential disaster.
In both instances the gun was never aimed at a person and no shot was fired.
Yet, in both cases the thugs bent on criminal mischief decided to take
their ambitions elsewhere and my family remained safe. Only God knows what
would have happened if a firearm had not been handy.
- Yes, there are times when gun accidents occur. There
are many more accidents involving automobiles, airplanes, bathroom shower
stalls and backyard swimming pools, however. And let's not forget that
freedom is risky business. Freedom allows people to make mistakes recognizing
that the alternative is worse.
- A local newspaper columnist recently said that other
nations are free without possessing firearms. He fails to see the obvious
fact that people who are not free to own firearms are not free. Many people
live their entire lives and never know a day of real freedom. And, while
I'm sure that there are those who would choose to live without freedom,
there are some of us who would rather die free than live enslaved.