Town Officials Make Gun Ownership Mandatory
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on April 05, 2013 @ 6:37PM
Created on April 05, 2013 @ 4:57PM
Ever since the tragedy in Newtown, the government has been trying to put stricter laws on gun ownership and the use of guns. But there are some other areas who are responding a little bit different. There was a town in Georgia that passed a law earlier this week that requires gun ownership.
"Everybody has that right and that opportunity to begin with so the government trying to interfere I just find that being a little absurd," said Ron Watson, Harrison County Commission President.
A small town north of Atlanta voted unanimously on Monday to make it mandatory that every head of a household have a gun and ammunition.
"I don't necessarily feel it's a good idea. certain people don't feel comfortable with a gun. So I don't see why they should be forced to have a gun," said Jacob Rankl, Harrison County Resident.
There are some restrictions on this law. Convicted felons and people who suffer from physical or mental disabilities aren't required. And there are no consequences if someone objects to this law, especially if it's because of religious beliefs.
"it should always be optional, it's your amendment right. But I don't think it should be mandatory," sad Rankl.
Council members said this was put into affect so the gun owners can "provide for the emergency management of the city" and "to provide for and protect the safety, security, and general welfare of the city and it's inhabitants."
"I think it's a great idea, everyone needs protection. they can get people hurt, I know that, but they are also great for protection and they will make people feel safe," said Dustin Isenhart, Harrison County Resident.
There was a similar proposal in a small town in Maine, but it was rejected last month.
"I am optimistic that other states will not follow," said Watson.
This example goes to show how a response to any action has multiple reactions.
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