Target: City Council of Nelson, Georgia
Goal: Reject proposal that would force every household of Nelson, Georgia to own a firearm
Continued concern over rampant gun violence has prompted a series of policy debates surrounding the issue. A small town in the state of Georgia has taken it upon themselves to consider one of the more bizarre and worrisome bills about guns. Leaders of the city of Nelson are proposing that every household in the town own a firearm.
Supporters of the controversial plan point to slow response times of law enforcement as a reason to require every home have a gun. The law would provide exemptions for felons, people physically or mentally unable to handle a gun, or those with religious objections. City Councilman Duane Cronic calls it a “deterrant ordiance,” claiming that potential intruders will be less inclined to commit home invasions and other crimes. The city of Kennesaw, Georgia already has a mandatory gun ownership law, although it is rarely enforced.
The small town of Nelson, with a population of 1,314 people, borders two counties which can cause delays in police response times. One resident of the town has called the proposal “big government at its worst.” The concept that the presence of more guns will lower crime rates is one long championed by conservatives and gun enthusiasts. There is however little evidence to substantiate that claim. In fact, many academic studies suggest there are more homicides in places where there is a high concentration of firearms.
Introducing more weapons to an area is not an effective strategy for fighting violence and crime. Ask the City Council of Nelson, Georgia to scrap their mandatory gun bill.
Dear Nelson City Council,
We admire the dedication you have in keeping the citizens of your town safe. However, the mandatory gun proposal is not the way to honor that commitment. More guns in your town means more access to weapons for children, criminals, and others who should not have access to them. More guns in your town will likely mean more homicides and more threats of gun violence.
We urge you to seek other ways to address the issue of slow law enforcement response times. We understand the desire to want to protect the families of your town, especially given the horrific gun violence that is escalating in our country, but mandating people to keep guns in their homes is no solution to that problem. Please reject this dangerous proposal.
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