How extreme does it sound for there to be a town with mandatory firearms? That's what the Council in Nelson, Ga. are proposing for the community of 1,300. According to a March 7 report by MSN, Neslon City Councilman Duane Cronic, said it would help keep the town's residents safer if there was a mandatory ordinance for gun ownership in every household.
"It's a deterrent ordinance," Cronic said. "It tells the potential intruder, 'You better think twice.'"
A mandatory firearms law was already passed in the neighboring city of Kennesaw back in 1982. It's referred to as the Family Protection Ordinance. Kennesaw has 30,000 residents.
A local Tea Party leader described that law as follows:
"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."
Exceptions are excluding those with mental or physical disabilities, the poor who can't afford a gun, those with felony convictions, and people who "conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine."
Nelson has only one police officer and Kennesaw's crime rate dropped dramatically after the mandatory firearms ordinance was enforced. The vast majority of crimes there are burglaries and larcenies, but nothing gun-related like murders or manslaughters.
How do you feel about small American towns and mandatory firearms?