It’s Illegal NOT to Own a Gun in Nelson, Georgia

Nelson Georgia

Nothing says freedom like a law requiring you to own a gun! Nelson, Georgia’s city council voted Monday night to make gun ownership mandatory.

Whereas some cities are pushing for stricter gun laws in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, Nelson, Georgia has decided to take a drastically different route and stand up for/misinterpret the Second Amendment. Council members voted unanimously to approve the “Family Protection Ordinance” which will require the head of every household to own a gun and ammunition.

The ordinance, however, is largely symbolic. No penalties will be inflicted on anyone who doesn’t comply with the law. The ordinance also exempts convicted felons and those who suffer from certain physical or mental disabilities. Phew.

City Councilman Duane Cronic, who sponsored the measure, believes it will make the town (population: 1,300) a safer place.

“I likened it to a security sign that people put up in their front yards. Some people have security systems, some people don’t, but they put those signs up,” he said. “I really felt like this ordinance was a security sign for our city. Basically it was a deterrent ordinance to tell potential criminals they might want to go on down the road a little bit.”

First, I wouldn’t call a town of 1,300 a city. Second, crime in Nelson, Georgia, which only has one police officer, is very low and consists mainly of petty theft. But the police chief doesn’t agree. Even though the last homicide was over 5 years ago, Police Chief Heath Mitchell, the town’s sole police officer, believes that having a gun would deter crime and also help residents take their protection into their own hands. Protection against petty theft? Maybe Nelson should stop spending money creating symbolic laws and invest in a more useful police officer.

Via: The Toronto Star

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