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This city, half an hour’s drive north of Atlanta, is unique: it is the only place in America where it is compulsory to own a gun. In 1982, Kennesaw City Council unanimously passed an ordinance requiring households to own at least one firearm with ammunition. The law states that its purpose is to “protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants”.

The article is definitely worth reading – HERE

Oh and surprise surprise, the crime rate is low there relative to similar sized towns near by. I wonder why? *sarcasm*

Good to see perfect trigger discipline in all of the pictures for a change.

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Summary:

  • Murders total – 13636
  • Murders with handguns – 6452 (47.32%)
  • Murders with rifles – 348 (2.55%)
  • Murders with shotguns – 418 (3.07%)
  • Murders with unknown firearms – 1928 (14.14%)
  • Murder with knives or cutting instruments – 1825 (13.38%)
  • Murders with other weapons – 1864 (13.67%)
  • Murders with hands, fists, feet etc.. – 801 (5.87%)

Summary of the 2009 crime statistics – HERE

List of Murders by state and types of weapon used – HERE

Can’t say I’m shocked at the results, nor the ranking of each individual state. Nice to see there was a decline in violent crime at least.

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  1. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.
  2. Gun laws affect only law-abiding citizens.
  3. When more households have guns for self-defense, crime goes down.
  4. In high-crime urban neighborhoods, guns are as easy to get as fast food.
  5. Repealing Chicago’s handgun ban will dramatically increase gun crimes.

Full twisted load of BS – HERE

Of course the Brady Campaign agrees with every word of it – HERE

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Linoge investigates the common assertion – HERE

I still don’t know what to think.  There are so many external variables involved when you’re dealing with guns and people, that I don’t like to be like the anti gun nuts (and the NRA on at least on occasion) and make statements about the correlation between guns and crime just to further promote my own views.

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When the police act as though cameras were the equivalent of guns pointed at them, there is a sense in which they are correct. Cameras have become the most effective weapon that ordinary people have to protect against and to expose police abuse. And the police want it to stop.

The legal justification for arresting the “shooter” rests on existing wiretapping or eavesdropping laws, with statutes against obstructing law enforcement sometimes cited. Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland are among the 12 states in which all parties must consent for a recording to be legal unless, as with TV news crews, it is obvious to all that recording is underway. Since the police do not consent, the camera-wielder can be arrested.

Check out the full Story – HERE

Absolutely insane that laws like this were able to pass. Police are public servants who are being paid to enforce the law.  Pretty disgusting that some of them think they can break the law and suffer no consequences.

If you want to raise your blood pressure check out the Photography is Not A Crime blog – HERE

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The NRA-ILA issued a statement today referencing an article in the Charlotte Observer talking about the success of the recent NRA convention in Charlotte.

I agree, that the convention appeared to be a huge success, and all the reports I saw on it were very positive.  I wish I was there, not only for the incredible gun show, but also the great presentations.

Anyways…my gripe:

With that many visitors in town, you might be thinking that there must have been some serious problems — maybe some opportunistic criminals preying on preoccupied tourists making their way around an unfamiliar city.  Well, crime was actually lower during NRA’s convention — much lower.

According to the CharlotteObserver.com article, Captain Jeff Estes, commander of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Central Division, said crime for the week was 45 percent lower than the same week a year ago.

For those who know that NRA members are among the most law-abiding of citizens, and that more guns often equates to less crime, then that figure should come as no surprise at all.

That is directly from the NRA press release.

I am all for the “More guns less crime” movement, but why try to correlate a drop in crime to the fact that the convention was there for 3 days? I really don’t think that had anything to do with it, considering the Charlotte Observer article goes on to say that crime in central Charlotte is down this year as a whole from 2009.  I highly doubt the criminals in and around Charlotte were sitting at home saying “Man, I should really be out there robbing and stealing.. but there are so damn many gun owners in town.  Too Risky for me!”

Maybe I’m just feeling in a nit picking mood, but this type of cause-effect reporting seems very Brady-esque. I expected more from the NRA.

*Puts on and zips up protective flame suit* :P

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