Did you know that almost 30 years ago (1982) a small town in Georgia, just north of Atlanta, passed a law requiring each head of a household to own and maintain a gun? At the time this little town was home to some five thousand residents.
The small town of Kennesaw was blasted by the gun control crowd with dire predictions such as 'Wild West' type showdowns, increased violence and shooting accidents and called the pistol-packing capital of the world, by the Washington Post. Even the wacko liberal Phil Donahue requested that the Mayor of Kennesaw appear on his show. At the time this small town was experiencing a skyrocketing crime rate well above the national average.
So what’s happened in the past 28 years? The crime rate has dropped dramatically, by well over half, and get this, not a single resident has been involved in a fatal shooting - not as a victim, attacker or defender. Yes, in the entire 28 years since the law went into effect!
When the Kennesaw law was passed in 1982 there was a substantial drop in crime … and we have maintained a really low crime rate since then. - Kennesaw Police Lt. Craig Graydon
But that’s not all. The little town of Kennesaw has seen an increase in population. From some 5,000 in 1982 to over 31,000 today. Hum, seems like the liberals are wrong on this issue too.
In his two books, More Guns, Less Crime and The Bias against Guns, Author John Lott makes the case for carrying canceled weapons using actual statistics, sound analytics and empirical evidence. If you want to know the truth, check out these books.
Police are extremely important in deterring crime but, as the [Virginia Tech] attack showed again, they almost always arrive after the crime has been committed. Annual surveys of crime victims in America by the US Bureau of Justice Statistics continually show that, when confronted by a criminal, people are safest if they have a gun. Just as the threat of arrest and prison can deter criminals from committing a crime, so does the fact that victims can defend themselves. - John Lott, Author and Economist as well as senior research scientist at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Research, as well as common sense (one of the many virtues absent in most liberals) show that an armed society is indeed a polite as well as safer society.