Town Could Require Every Household to Own a Gun

An ordinance proposed in the town of Nelson, Georgia, would require that every head of household in every home in the town own a gun and ammunition.

This is not the first time such an ordinance has been proposed: officials in the small town of Spring City, Utah, came up with the same idea back in January, and Nelson’s law is modeled closely after a 1982 law passed in Kennesaw, Georgia.

The city of Nelson has created the ordinance because there is only one police officer on duty for eight hours a day, and there is concern that sheriff deputies cannot provide enough protection during the other sixteen hours.

The Nelson ordinance reads: “In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition.”

There are some exceptions: anyone with a “physical or mental disability,” felons, “paupers” and those “who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine” might not be required to own a gun.

Gun As Deterrent?

WSB-TV reports that Nelson City Councilman Duane Cronic, who drafted the new law, sees it as a deterrent, a way of telling a potential intruder to think twice. Other residents are angry that the government is trying to strip individual citizens of their freedom by telling them what they must have in their home.

But there’s a bigger issue.

Do the authorities in Nelson really believe that introducing more guns into their small town will get rid of gun violence?

More Guns Leads To More Gun Deaths

As numerous studies have shown, where there are more guns, there are more gun deaths. Furthermore, a gun in the home is more likely to be used in a homicide, suicide or unintentional shooting than to be used in self-defense.

From The Brady Campaign:

•    An estimated 41% of gun-related homicides and 94% of gun-related suicides would not occur under the same circumstances had no guns been present.
•    Higher household gun ownership correlates with higher rates of homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings.
•    Keeping a firearm in the home increases the risk of suicide by a factor of 3 to 5 and increases the risk of suicide with a firearm by a factor of 17.
•    Keeping a firearm in the home increases the risk of homicide by a factor of 3.

Furthermore, the US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world: at 89 guns for every 100 Americans compared to 6 in Britain, 31 for Canada and Norway.

And guess what? The US also has the highest rate of gun-related deaths in the world. The 2012 figure for total number of firearm-related deaths including both suicides and homicides was 10.2 per 100,000 in the US; in France the comparative figure was 3.0;  in Britain, 0.25.

Then there are so many tragic stories like this one, about a four-year-child in Kansas City accidentally shot in the head, which could not have happened if no gun were in the home.

Can somebody please pass this information along to officials in Nelson before April 1, when this mandatory gun ordinance could be approved?


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Robert Pavlick
Robert Pavlick4 years ago

The fact IS that if nothing else, guns are at least an equalizer.

An elderly couple cannot possibly defend themselves from crack-crazed thugs breaking into their home and the Sloman Shield will get police out there long after the couple is dead.

Likewise a 110 pound 5 foot 3 young lady is no match for a 250 pound rapist just released from prison because he "found God" while in prison.

A gun in the hands of someone who knows how to use it gives a certain degree of peace of mind and half a chance at staying alive.

Unless the police departments of all 50 states can assure us that they have disarmed all of the criminals and that they can guarantee that they will get to us within 5-10 minutes, then no one has any right to deny a US citizen the right to defend themselves and their families.

Crime rates would be a lot lower if every person could display a sign which read: "Protected by Smith and Wesson."


Andrew F.
Andrew Farley4 years ago

while I am not a fan of the gov forcing people to do stuff that should be a choice, it should be noted that a decrease in private gun ownership usually coincides with an increase in violent crime as evidenced in the UK and Australia. And Kennesaw has only had 4 gun murders in the past 30 years. 3 of then in "gun free" zones.

There are multiple sources out there to show that the Brady Campaign twists the data, and sometimes just outright lies.

The FBI states that millions (yes, Millions) of crimes are prevented by guns in the hands of private citizens. and we actually have a declining murder rate and an increase in gun ownership. According to UN data every country with a murder rate at least 5 times greater than the U.S.'s has at least 5 times fewer firearms per person than the U.S.

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The murder rate is historically low and is already trending downward. In fact, the murder rate in 2011 was the lowest since 1961: 4.7 murders per 100,000 people. In only 5 years since 1910 has it been lower: 1955-59, when it was only slightly lower at 4.5 or 4.6.

2007: 14,916
2008: 14,224
2010: 12,996
2011: 12,664
2012: Data not compiled yet

some great info here

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G4 years ago


Wanda B.
Wanda Bagram4 years ago

Success! Gun Ban Bill by Senator Dianne Feinstein to renew the ban "has less than 40 votes" in the 100-member chamber. US citizens get to keep their Rights!

Robby K.
Past Member 4 years ago

Excellent video Wanda. Yes, I doubt many here will take the 2min to watch, in the event they actually may learn something... Fact is, its all about the same goal of no guns b/c some people are scared of them. Hey, 9/11 worked well for cell phone companies & big govt control. Now, gun confiscation is helping to sell a TON of guns- more guns & ammo out there right now than EVER before & by HUGE margins. Much like trying to systematically stop abortion completely & totally. And both sides continue their push for more power, pitting everyone against each other & taking no prisoners. It's ok, I'm sure a few more laws will fix everything right up...

Wanda B.
Wanda Bagram4 years ago


This short video shows why this 'Assault Weapons Ban" is a complete farse based on fear mongering to those with very limited knowledge.

By the way, for those who quickly say "I am not going to watch this video because of propaganda reasons", what you really mean is "I donot wish to even attempt to learn something about the false asumptions on Gun Bans as I prefer to remain ignorant in order to infringe on other peoples Rights."

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby4 years ago


Jennifer U.
Jennifer A4 years ago

I would really like to see the government try to create a country where there isn't a need for guns as opposed to mandate everyone having one.

Jim N.
James N4 years ago

It's a silly thing to mandate, but I'd take this law over one that says I have to live in a town with very little police, but I can't have any guns. I think it's overstepping to make it this a law, though. You are the government; you stay OUT of my house.

David King
David King4 years ago

Good morning Janice!

Yes... This is the Republican plan for smaller government that gets the government out of your life... (They just have to invade your home to check for guns, and your vagina to check for fetuses).

It would be silly for us to use all that manpower/womanpower on things like policemen, firemen, teachers, school lunches, roads, bridges, etc...