Do you live in Nelson, Georgia? You should probably go buy a gun. An ordinance making gun ownership mandatory recently passed in the small southern town and will go into effect in 10 days.
The Family Protection Ordinance, which requires the head of every household to own a gun and ammunition, was unanimously approved by council members in Nelson. The new law requires gun ownership so that people can “protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants.”
According to MSN, the mandatory gun law won’t actually require people to buy guns. No penalties will be levied against people who decide not to buy a gun and the law does not make it any easier for people to acquire guns.
The town, with a population of 1,300, passed the ordinance in order to make a statement to the federal government. The council said that the new law clearly states that the city is in “opposition of any future attempt by the federal government to confiscate personal firearms.”
City Councilman Duane Cronic acknowledged that the new ordinance won’t really be enforced in the town.
Cronic said: “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 … I really felt like this ordinance was a security sign for our city.”
City Council member Jackie Jarrett added that the new law could help prevent crime in the city.
Jarrett said: “We’re making a statement. If you plan on doing us harm, we’ll be armed … Crime is moving on up the road … Subdivisions are opening up, and we don’t know who those people are.”
What do you think of the mandatory gun law? Will Nelson, Georgia be a safer place when everyone owns a gun?