Friday, April 20, 2007

25 years murder-free in 'Gun Town USA'

25 years murder-free in 'Gun Town USA'
Crime rate plummeted after law required firearms for residents

In March 1982, 25 years ago, the small town of Kennesaw – responding to a handgun ban in Morton Grove, Ill. – unanimously passed an ordinance requiring each head of household to own and maintain a gun. Since then, despite dire predictions of "Wild West" showdowns and increased violence and accidents, not a single resident has been involved in a fatal shooting – as a victim, attacker or defender.


Its... uh... probably just a coincidence...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The headline proclaims "25 years murder free". The facts? Despite statistics on the city's website http://www.kennesaw-ga.gov/crime-statistics it sure looks like they had at least one murder in 2012. http://kennesaw.patch.com/topics/Kennesaw+murder http://kennesaw.patch.com/topics/Kennesaw+homicide I suppose it is possible that the charges were dropped or the suspect was lynched before a trial could be held but something is fishy here. It looks like 2012 wasn't the only year they had a murder either. http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Kennesaw-Georgia.html I can't help wondering what became of the data for 2006-2010. And what about Morton Grove, which banned handguns instead of requiring them? http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Morton-Grove-Illinois.html Looks like crime is a little lower there and they haven't had a murder since 1999 at least.

Fletch said...

You know, Anon? Sometimes when I get bored, I like to look up SIX YEAR OLD posts on random blogs that are pro-gun success stories, and shit on their parade with data that wasn't available at the time of the post.

Then after that, I like to post links to one single instance where anti-gun legislation has not yet produced in increase in murders. Like Morton Grove, and the Assault Weapons Ban, but when I do so, I'm sure not to provide any other relevant data such as existing crime trends or other changes which might affect the numbers.

The reason I do this is because my side is LOSING. BADLY. And is getting so desperate that I probably get paid to do exactly what I said, but it's probably only a few pennies per post.

Or maybe, I'm really doing it out of my own personal convictions, which, while admirable, are absolutely, provably, unequivocally WRONG. Because I could fight honestly and passionately for 2+2=5, but the facts are still against me, along with a vast preponderance of test cases, and just common sense.

It wouldn't make me right, but it would still make me stupid.