Tonight on 20/20, John Stossel, author of “Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity,” had a story on the fallacy of the efficacy of strict gun control. Of personal pride, the city of Kennesaw, GA was highlighted. You see, Kennesaw was one of the first cities in the country that enacted an ordinance that mandated each household to obtain and keep a firearm within each home in the city limits of Kennesaw.
Oddly enough (and much to the chagrin of 2nd Amendment opponents), the crime rate in Kennesaw dropped precipitously and immediately upon the adoption of that city ordinance. Now granted, people weren’t jailed or fined for NOT having weapons in their homes, but the true outcome was clear: a burglar or a menacing criminal looking for an easy target in Kennesaw was not so sure they would have an easy time committing whatever crime it was that was in their minds, but they were far less likely to commit that crime in Kennesaw. Stossel also showed a snippet of convict interviews of who they were and were not most likely to rob. In other words, Kennesaw residents would not probably be a target.