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03-07-13, 04:58 AM #1
One-cop Georgia town considers making gun ownership mandatory
Nelson, Ga., might require homeowners to have a gun. The idea that people should be ready to protect themselves while waiting for police to come is percolating in gun-rights circles.
The national debate about gun control has taken an unusual turn in the small, rural town of Nelson, Ga., where the city council is considering a measure to require homeowners to own a firearm.
For city councilman Duane Cronic, the proposal is a simple matter of math. The town has one police officer who is on patrol eight hours a day, leaving residents largely to fend for themselves the rest of the time.
"It takes a while for them to get there, Mr. Cronic told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Earlier this year, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke made the same plea to residents: Arm yourselves, because we might not be able to get there in time. And right-wing agitator James O'Keefe, the man behind video stings against Acorn and NPR, has released a new video in which secretly recorded police officers in the New York region acknowledging that homeowners are "on your own" until help arrives.
As gun-rights advocates retrench after the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Conn., some are turning to "on your own" as their mantra. Their message is that Americans can't afford to wait for police to come and that their surest defense is self-defense.
That mind-set concerns many police chiefs, dozens of whom have signaled their support for gun-control measures proposed by President Obama. The result is additional tension, particularly in big cities, where police departments feel they are in an arms race with civilians.
"The fundamental idea at work here is citizens' relationship with the state, and that informs this gun debate in part because when you have a gun you don't need to dial 911," said Jennifer Carlson, a professor at the University of Toronto who studies gun culture. "So, the idea of police dependency is changing, and that's also why you're hearing from pro-gun rights folks that you shouldn't have to ask for police permission to have a gun."
One-cop Georgia town considers making gun ownership mandatory - Yahoo! News
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03-07-13, 12:24 PM #2
I'm as against this as I am gun control.
I don't want my choice to exercise my God given rights dictated to me, one way or the other. It is my choice to exercise my rights in the manner I see fit for me. If someone chooses to not own a gun, that makes them no more right or wrong than me, who chooses to own guns. Non gun owners should deal with the consequences of being unarmed in a one cop town, but that should be their choice.The world would be much cleaner if blind people carried brooms instead of sticks.
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03-07-13, 12:39 PM #3Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.
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