We’ve written before about Kennesaw, Georgia, the town that since 1982 has had an ordinance that requires gun ownership among its residents. Part (a) of the ordinance read:
“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.”
Part (b) listed those who were exempt from the statute that included those who were physically or mentally disabled such that they were incapable of safely using a firearm; those who “conscientiously opposed” the ownership of guns; and those who were felons.
Now there’s another city actually not far from Kennesaw that’s doing the same thing. Nelson, Georgia sits on the borderline between Pickens and Cherokee Counties, and for this reason, police response time is low. Nelson has one police car that patrols the city during the day for 8 hours, but for the remaining 16 hours, they have no one. This is why the city is requiring its residents to own firearms, and their ordinance is modeled after Kennesaw’s.
If you asked someone like Piers Morgan, he’d say that these kinds of ordinances are all about money. They’re all about padding the pockets of the evil gun lobby. Now, I’m all about following the money, but you have to know when it applies. Money is in every transaction, and just because there is a money connection, doesn’t mean that it must be bad.
If a city encouraged its residents to start growing their own food as a way to lessen the blow associated with an economic meltdown, would they just be padding the pockets of the “garden lobby?” It would no doubt be good for those companies selling seeds and gardening supplies, but it would also be good for those starting a garden.
You follow the money with things like Obamacare. It’s a federal mandate that will eventually apply to every single American. It’s a mandate that will increase the cost of healthcare and drastically lower the quality all at the expense of the American taxpayers. It harms the American people and benefits large corporations. Those are the instances where you “follow the money” to find out why we have such stupid laws.
A city ordinance requiring its residents to own a gun does not harm them in any way. It benefits them. And yes, it benefits gun manufacturers. This is a win-win situation, and therefore the money connection isn’t relevant.
One Nelson, Georgia resident was complaining that this ordinance is over the line. He said, “This is big government at its worst. Government mandating what a free individual can and will have in his home.” Oh please. I can think of far worse mandates from a government. Like mandating that everyone get rid of his guns.