Georgia Town Prepares For Federal Government Invasion, Makes Gun Ownership Mandatory (VIDEOS)

Nelson Photo Video Screenshot

Source: YouTube video screenshot

Conservatives think the government should have no authority in gun control, right? Or do they support government interference in gun ownership if it goes in an unexpected direction…a direction that pleases them? Does that make it different? Can your government make it MANDATORY for you to own a gun?

Indeed it can. And apparently a town full of conservatives in Georgia is totally OK with government interference…in this case.

Nelson, Georgia passed a law on Monday that will require every adult resident in the town to own firearms and ammunition to “provide for the emergency management of the city” and to “provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants.” (Family Protection Ordinance)

Nelson boasts 1,300 residents and is approximately 50 miles north of Atlanta. A quiet community (don’t they all say that…until?), Nelson residents are surprised by the attention that their controversial ordinance is receiving. Really? It never crossed anyone’s mind that the rest of the country might find this, oh, NUTZ?  No one wondered if this would raise some eyebrows?

One concern that Nelson residents have is that they do not have 24/7 police officers. Police Chief Heath Mitchell is their only officer. So, even though Nelson hasn’t experienced a homicide in more than five years, I do understand why they would want to have access to firearms. Sort of. (Wouldn’t the Lord protect them? Just sayin’….) But a mandatory ownership?

See video discussion on HuffPost Live:

Here is what the Family Protection Ordinance Sec. 38-6 says:

Sec. 38-6.  Heads of households to maintain firearms.

(a) In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain and firearm, together with ammunition therefor. [sic]

There is another agenda behind this, though. According to the Huffington Post, this measure allows “opposition of any future attempt by the federal government to confiscate personal firearms.”


Screenshot of the Family Protection Ordinance, from the official Nelson, Georgia website:

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Nelson residents aren’t opposed to this government interference at all, though one gentleman seemed a bit concerned and quietly said that he feels that gun ownership should be voluntary (I’m with you, buddy!). See the video:

A city councilman said he knows the ordinance won’t be enforced but that it makes the town safer. (???)

“I likened it to a security sign that people put up in their front yards. Some people have security systems, some people don’t, but they put those signs up,” said Duane Cronic, who sponsored the measure. “I really felt like this ordinance was a security sign for our city. Basically it was a deterrent ordinance to tell potential criminals they might want to go on down the road a little bit.” (Huffington Post)

Since Sandy Hook, several states have declared alarming ideas about gun ownership, and some cities have suggested that every home should have a gun. Keyword in that sentence being SHOULD. I’m not even comfortable with the “should” being inserted in that sentence, to be honest, but when a municipality makes it mandatory? A bit much. To be fair, the law does allow exemptions and includes no penalty for residents who are non-compliant.

(b) Exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who suffer a physical or mental disability which would prohibit them from using such a firearm.  Further exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who are paupers or who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony.

That’s good to know, I guess. But what if they suddenly decide one day that everyone who doesn’t have a gun gets arrested? With the law in place, how hard would it be for them to just make a little change to it?

I guess if you’re just an average, able-bodied woman like myself and you don’t want to have a gun in your home, you could just pretend to be mentally ill or of a religious faith that prohibits gun ownership. Of course, in a town that size, fibbers would quickly be exposed. And if you’re a pauper, you don’t have to have a gun, naturally, per the law. Like most good governments do, they likely prefer that their paupers be unarmed. If the security of the town is soooo important, why aren’t they going to provide for the “paupers.” Well…

Oops! I’m beginning to sound as paranoid as the righties, aren’t I?

According to Councilman Jackie Jarrett, however, no one should be concerned. “”Most everybody around here’s got guns anyway,” Jarrett said.

I’ll just bet they do.

I noted that the official Nelson, Georgia website indicates that the Kiddie Park is closed for renovations. My opinion? The longer it stays closed, THE BETTER.


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