Friday, April 20, 2007

25 years murder-free in 'Gun Town USA'














Of course, anyone with any sense and who doesn't react with rabid emotion realizes that these mass shootings always occur in gun free zones. A law does not stop an insane person. Mass murder is already illegal. But these laws do, of course, cause reasonable people to weigh the pro and cons of carrying a gun.

A reasonable person worries about getting expelled from school, having the trouble and expense of being charged with a misdemeanor for accidentally flashing when leaning over or someone seeing it in your purse when writing a check.

A reasonable person who carries is also usually a decent shot who practices from time to time, knowing where the pressure will be in an emergency.

A reasonable person worries about such things; a nut case does not.

Most people do not recall the other mass shooting at a Virginia college that was stopped short because two people there had guns in their car. It may have been stopped sooner had the guns been on their person. This is just a fact.

Quot from John Lott's book, More Guns, Less Crime

“The fast responses of two male students, Mikael Gross, thirty-four, and Tracy Bridges, twenty-five, undoubtedly saved many lives. Mikael was outside the law school and just returning from lunch when Peter Odighizuwa started his attack. Tracy was in a classroom waiting for class to start. When the shots rang out, utter chaos erupted. Mikael said, ‘People were running everywhere. They were jumping behind cars, running out in front of traffic, trying to get away.’”

“Mikael and Tracy were prepared to do something quite different: Both immediately ran to their cars and got their guns. Mikael had to run about one hundred yards to get to his car. Along with Ted Besen [who was unarmed], they approached Peter from different sides. As Tracy explains it, ‘I stopped at my vehicle and got a handgun, a revolver. Ted went toward Peter, and I aimed my gun at [Peter], and Peter tossed his gun down. Ted approached Peter, and Peter hit Ted in the jaw. Ted pushed him back and we all jumped on.’”
Anyway below is an article on Guntown

25 years murder-free in 'Gun Town USA'
Crime rate plummeted after law required firearms for residents

As the nation debates whether more guns or fewer can prevent tragedies like the Virginia Tech Massacre, a notable anniversary passed last month in a Georgia town that witnessed a dramatic plunge in crime and violence after mandating residents to own firearms.

In March 1982, 25 years ago, the small town of Kennesaw – responding to a handgun ban in Morton Grove, Ill. – unanimously passed an ordinance requiring each head of household to own and maintain a gun. Since then, despite dire predictions of "Wild West" showdowns and increased violence and accidents, not a single resident has been involved in a fatal shooting – as a victim, attacker or defender.

The crime rate initially plummeted for several years after the passage of the ordinance, with the 2005 per capita crime rate actually significantly lower than it was in 1981, the year before passage of the law.

Prior to enactment of the law, Kennesaw had a population of just 5,242 but a crime rate significantly higher (4,332 per 100,000) than the national average (3,899 per 100,000). The latest statistics available – for the year 2005 – show the rate at 2,027 per 100,000. Meanwhile, the population has skyrocketed to 28,189.


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