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March 6, 2013 - 9:47 am

The small town of Nelson, GA straddles two counties and therefore two sheriff’s departments jurisdictions. Nelson is so small that it only has one police officer, and he only patrols for 8 hours per day. So one of the town’s leaders has a solution to the long response times from the sheriffs, and the lack of police during two-thirds of every day: Require all heads of household to own firearms.

Bill McNiff lives in Nelson, carries a pistol and supports the law.

“I think every city should do it. I think it should go countywide too,” McNiff said.

The Nelson ordinance is modeled closely after the 1982 law passed in Kennesaw.

It requires gun ownership, but allows several outs, like if you’re not physically or mentally able to handle a gun, or if you’re a felon or have religious objections.

“It’s a deterrent ordinance,” Cronic said. “It tells the potential intruder you better think twice.”

Calling it a “deterrent ordinance” indicates that the city would not actually enforce it, which would require an invasiveness worthy of a police state. But doesn’t that put the local government in the position of passing a law that may breed contempt of the law and government in general?

Not that I’m against contempt of government, of course. Government officials keep proving why they deserve to be held in contempt. They should strive not to go out of their way to breed more contempt, though.

But here’s my question: How is this ordinance materially different from the ObamaCare individual mandate?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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How is it different from Obamacare? The government has authority to regulate the militia, including the required arms. The government has not such authority with regards to health insurance.

I think a better law would be that you have to own a gun in order to vote, and you have to bring it to the polling place. Record the serial number (no names) so that a group doesn't pass the same gun around to circumvent the law. Another bonus, because of the Constitution's prohibition on poll taxes the government would be required to supply you with a gun. Who would have a problem with free guns?
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Kennesaw, GA, a city in the metro-Atlanta area, has had this same law in effect since 1982. According to Wikipedia, in 2007, Family Circle chose it as one of the "10 Best Towns for Families," no doubt because of its remarkably low crime rate - half the rate of the nation, and the lowest rate in the county.

Funny how that worked.
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"How is this ordinance materially different"

Answered earlier in the article:
"It requires gun ownership, but allows several outs ..."
And the several outs to OCare are ... what?

"may breed contempt of the law"

The symbolic nature of the law is so obvious that most people capable of taking themselves to the toilet will recognize it as such. Its intent is clearly to counteract the stigma of firearm ownership being pushed by the MSM. It's just that the writers of the law didn't want to come right out and say it.
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This one is at least somewhat justifiable under the constitution and US Code, whereby every male of military age is legally considered to be a member of the unorganized militia (unless otherwise employed militarily), and could thus be required to have a weapon, some basic training (for myself, I'd put gun training as part of the normal k-12 curriculum), and turn out for an annual muster.
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