roberta x has a great post highlighting the incongruities inherent in a system of popularly elected representatives without regard to capacity for logical, consistent thought...whaddaya gonna do? after reading that, the following seems like a perfect illustration...
an anniversary just passed involving another grove in ill...morton grove. that's the city that banned handguns completely in 1991 in the hoplophobic (hate that word, it doesn't sound nearly dumb enough) belief that their innert existence was causing a high crime rate...
outraged by such ignorance, a north georgia town decided in 1992 to pass it's own law; that the head of every household should possess a gun and ammunition...later amended for the usual conscientious objectors, it was nevertheless not challenged, and in the 25 years until 2007 remained in effect.
in the interceding years, the violent crime rate in morton grove, ill. soared while in kennesaw, ga. it plunged...and while the passage of the gun requirement in kennesaw earned a lot of derisive coverage and the nickname "gun town usa", little mention has been made on the results and the unscientific but obvious implications.
so while in roberta's story ms. davis purports protection of others from the existence of guns, she sees no need to protect them from (her) religion...and her ignorance is her bliss and her mistake...her religion might well be based entirely on goodness and altruism, but it might not, and in any case she doesn't get to decide for me...
and that goes for mr. sherman too; his activism can and should be limited to defense from public implementation of any religion, because what you inferred is true roberta, that non-religion is a religion itself, and also must not be inserted into any public policy that can limit or diminish the individual freedom of ms. davis, mr. sherman or anyone else...jtc
Nice that little town in Georgia is civil and thoughtful enough to allow a person not to own a firearm and ammunition if they really believed that was best. Shameful that Morton Grove, Illinois isn't as enlightened to allow a person to their Right to keep and bare arms even in the face of the majority of citizen-victims that like to be preyed upon.
I think criminals are also turned out by the understanding that not only are the individual citizens of Kennesaw well armed, it's known that together they're also a well armed community, and they care for each other as a group.
There is strength in numbers, and a cohesive community possesing the ability to resist is something that a battalion of gangbangers wouldn't dare to mess with.
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