A Tale of Two Towns

Twenty five years ago, there were two towns trying to deal with violent crime: Morton Grove, Illinois, and Kennesaw, Georgia. Morton Grove chose to ban all hand guns except those maintained by police officers. Kennesaw, in reaction, passed a unanimous ordinance that required all heads of households to own and maintain a gun. Guess what happened to the crime rates in each city:

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.

The crime rate initially plummeted for several years after the passage of the ordinance, with the 2005 per capita crime rate actually significantly lower than it was in 1981, the year before passage of the law.

Prior to enactment of the law, Kennesaw had a population of just 5,242 but a crime rate significantly higher (4,332 per 100,000) than the national average (3,899 per 100,000). The latest statistics available – for the year 2005 – show the rate at 2,027 per 100,000. Meanwhile, the population has skyrocketed to 28,189.

By comparison, the population of Morton Grove, the first city in Illinois to adopt a gun ban for anyone other than police officers, has actually dropped slightly and stands at 22,202, according to 2005 statistics. More significantly, perhaps, the city’s crime rate increased by 15.7 percent immediately after the gun ban, even though the overall crime rate in Cook County rose only 3 percent. Today, by comparison, the township’s crime rate stands at 2,268 per 100,000.

This was not what some predicted.

That’s because the pointy headed elitists who think they know everything about everything are convinced that murders are caused by guns, when in reality, they are caused by the people who have evil intent. If a delusional madman wants to go on a rampage for the purpose of killing as many random people as he can, he will go to a “gun-free zone” where he knows no one there will have the ability to defend themselves. I guarantee you, he won’t go to Kennesaw, Georgia.

As The Globe Warms, Episode 463
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