It’s a tale of two cities.
First, Aurora, Colorado. The city is in the news.
It is not in the news for this. Here is a list of laws that the city has passed several years ago. The following are prohibited.
1. “Dangerous weapon” includes firearm
2. Revocation of license for furnishing a firearm to a minor or someone under the influence.
3. Window displays cannot include firearms with barrels less than 12 inches long.
4. Unlawful to carry concealed “dangerous weapon”
5. Unlawful to discharge firearms, unless by law enforcement on duty or on shooting range.
6. Unlawful to possess firearm while under the influence of intoxicant
7. Unlawful to have loaded firearm in motor vehicle.
8. Unlawful for a juvenile to possess a firearm.
As Dr. Phil likes to say, “How’s that working for you?”
Disarmed, the movie theater’s patrons were defenseless.
The murderer broke this law: “Unlawful to discharge firearms, unless by law enforcement on duty or on shooting range.” I guess he will be prosecuted under this law.
The patrons, law-abiding all, were shot to pieces. None of the survivors will be prosecuted. They obeyed the law.
This is gun control in action.
In contrast, is Kennesaw, Georgia. It passed a law in 1982 requiring residents to own a handgun. Crime fell. It has stayed down.
Gaey DeMar writes:
I live just a few miles from the most pro-gun city in the United States – Kennesaw Georgia – where gun ownership is mandatory. It’s not the “Wild West” like some people predicted when it passed a mandatory gun ownership law. “The city of Kennesaw was selected by Family Circle magazine as one of the nation’s ‘10 best towns for families.’ The award was aimed at identifying the best communities nationally that combine big-city opportunities with suburban charm, a blend of affordable housing, good jobs, top-rated public schools, wide-open spaces, and less stress.”
In 1982 the city passed the following ordinance [Sec 34-21] which was in response to a handgun ban in Morton Grove, Ill.
(a) 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 the city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition therefore.
(b) Exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who suffer a physical or mental disability which would prohibit them from using such a firearm. Further exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who are paupers or who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony.
The city’s website states that Kennesaw “has the lowest crime rate in Cobb County,” one of the most populace counties in Georgia. In fact, from 1982 through 2009, Kennesaw had been nearly murder free with one murder occurring in 2007.
Where would you rather live?
I live close to Kennesaw. I used to live in Colorado, before the gun control zealots took over. I feel a lot safer where I live today.