An Armed Society is a Polite Society

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
–Robert A. Heinlein

Six years ago, Michigan made it much easier to get a license to carry a concealed weapon. Since then, the number of Michigan residents carrying legal concealed weapons has increased more than six-fold. The usual anti-gun rhetoric would tell us that there must be a lot of increased violence in Michigan. In fact, surely every morning the police are busy picking up the bodies that are scattered about … victims of gun-wielding citizens.

Sorry … the typical anti-gun rhetoric would be wrong.

According to law enforcement officials, the incidence of violent crime in Michigan since the law went into effect has been below the rate of the previous six years. In other words, there was less crime once citizens were able to arm themselves. The overall incidence of death from firearms has also gone down. The police chief says that the general consensus is that things were not as bad as they expected.

Well that’s not surprising. After all, studies of concealed weapons laws show that crime rates reduce when citizens are allowed easier access to concealed weapons. Let me correct that though. It’s only “not surprising” to people who have a clue. Predictably, Leftards and Nanny-Staters are flabbergasted by this development.

In a letter to the Detroit Free Press in July 2001, one Kenneth Levin referred to the “inevitable first victim of road or workplace rage as a result of this law.” Last month, Levin said he suspected “it probably hasn’t turned out as bad as I thought. I don’t think I was wrong, but my worst fears weren’t realized.” [emphasis mine]

In other words: “Just because the catastrophic scenario I claimed was going to come about never actually came about, that doesn’t mean I was wrong!” Where have I heard that before?

P.S. A note to responsible gun-owners. If and when it finally sinks in for these lefties that they were just plain flat-out slap-me-stupid wrong, they are liable to become despondent. Please keep your weapons where they cannot get at them, for their own safety.

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15 Responses to “An Armed Society is a Polite Society”

  1. Ash Says:

    If citizens can be armed, they can assist in preventing crime because criminals realise there may actually be some serious consequences.

    Please keep your weapons where they cannot get at them, for their own safety.

    Already do Spot. Not only is it a severely strict legal requirement, it’s common sense with small children about the area. Not that she can hold one yet, but better to learn my habits now than later.

  2. tizona Says:

    OH I do, I do. My weapons are not where ‘they’ can get to them…THEY are where ‘I’ can get to them. It’s kinda’ the whole idea behind having the weapons, in the first place.

  3. Ash Says:

    Tizona, I suspect you don’t go as far as I have to.

    To be stored properly, and we can get drop-in safety checks at almost any time, the weapons have to be properly dismantled and be under lock and key at all times.

    It’s a nanny-state here.

  4. Angus Dei Says:

    In my house, I can get to a loaded weapon in fewer steps that it would take me to reach a phone… no matter what room I’m in. In fact, I’d have to be ON the phone for that not to be the case.

  5. Ash Says:

    Angus, I’m jealous. I think I’d prefer to be able to teach my daughter about gun safety than have to go to the lounge room to defend myself.

  6. tizona Says:

    To solve that problem my friend Angus, my phone is the damnedest, most authentic replica of a Smith and Wesson 9MM, I have ever seen….(mainly because it is an actual Smith and Wesson, 9MM…lol).

    For dialing, one must put a full clip in and have a second clip loaded and ready to insert, when the first clips ‘time’ has expired. One thing though, the sound isn’t to clear. Have to get that fixed, somehow…LOL.

  7. Ash Says:

    Tizona: don’t shoot yourself.

    I’ll be so pissed off if you do.

  8. Angus Dei Says:

    Tiz: (Yeah, I know you love that)

    I have the sweetest Colt Trooper .357 that I inherited from my dad. He carried it in Viet Nam. It’s a really early one with a 4.5″ bbl and no vented rib, so it’s circa 1965 or so. Shooting .357 mag. out of it is punishing, so I use .38 spl. Anytime any serious gun guy sees it, he recognizes it’s rarity and historical significance and asks, “How much you want that?!” Not for sale. At any price.

    Then, I have a pair of Taurus five-shot DA-only stainless steel snubs for CC purposes. They have hammers and no shrouds, but the hammers have no spurs. You could fish ’em out of the Mississippi river after a year of submersion and they’d still work.

    Then… Shit, I could go on like this all day.

  9. Rebecca H Says:

    Last month, Levin said he suspected “it probably hasn’t turned out as bad as I thought. I don’t think I was wrong, but my worst fears weren’t realized.”

    Kenneth Levin sounds positively disappointed that the citizens didn’t come up shooting in a modern day version of the Gunfight at the OK Corral. The simple truth is, criminals are going to be way less likely to commit violent crimes if they think they might get killed.

  10. tizona Says:

    Don’t blame you one bit on your honorable fathers weapon, Angus. NEVER for sale, passed on to another in the family, perhaps with the stipulation that it…never, ever is to be sold….Or someone is gonna come back to haunt’em.

    And you no doubt friend Angus, would be fearsome, in a return of that kind.

    Kick ass, take names and have’em goin’ to church every damn Sunday, even if they didn’t believe in church goin’, they’d be there…:).

  11. tizona Says:

    Ash…do not fear…OMG…the blog is all yours, people….LOL.

  12. SandiM Says:

    KENNESAW, Ga – Several Kennesaw officials attribute a drop in crime in the city over the past two decades to a law that requires residents to have a gun in the house.
    KENNESAW, Ga – Several Kennesaw officials attribute a drop in crime in the city over the past two decades to a law that requires residents to have a gun in the house.

    In 1982, the Kennesaw City Council unanimously passed a law requiring heads of households to own at least one firearm with ammunition.

    The ordinance states the gun law is needed to “protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants.”

    Then-councilman J.O. Stephenson said after the ordinance was passed, everyone “went crazy.”

    “People all over the country said there would be shootings in the street and violence in homes,” he said. “Of course, that wasn’t the case.”

    In fact, according to Stephenson, it caused the crime rate in the city to plunge.

    Kennesaw Historical Society president Robert Jones said following the law’s passage, the crime rate dropped 89 percent in the city, compared to the modest 10 percent drop statewide.

    “It did drop after it was passed,” he said. “After it initially dropped, it has stayed at the same low level for the past 16 years.”

    Mayor Leonard Church was not in office when the law was passed, but he said he is a staunch supporter of it.

    “You can’t argue with the fact that Kennesaw has the lowest crime rate of any city our size in the country,” said Church, who owns a denture-making company in Kennesaw.

    The author of the ordinance, local attorney Fred Bentley Sr., attributes at least some of the decrease in crime to the bill.

    “I am definitely in favor of what we did,” he said. “It may not be totally responsible for the decrease, [but] it is a part.”

    Although he is pleased with the outcome, Bentley said he was originally opposed to drafting the law.

    “I didn’t think it could be written in a constitutional fashion,” he said. “Obviously, it was constitutional, because the American Civil Liberties Union challenged it in court and we won.”

    Jones said the ACLU challenged the law in a federal court just after it was passed. In response, the city added a clause adding conscientious objectors to the list of those exempt.

    Although the law is now being credited with a drop in crime, Jones said that was not the law’s original purpose. He also pointed out that Kennesaw did not have a big problem with crime before.

    “The crime rate wasn’t that high to start with. It was 11 burglaries per 1,000 residents in 1981,” he said.

    According to the Kennesaw Police Department, the city’s most recent crime statistics show 243 property crimes per 100,000 residents in 1998, or .243 per 1,000.

    The city’s crime rate continues to be far below other metro Atlanta city’s with similar populations, like Decatur. In 1998, Decatur recorded 4,049 property crimes per 100,000 residents.

    Jones said one motivation for the council passing the ordinance had to do with publicity.

    “It was done in response to a law passed by Morton Grove, Ill., outlawing gun ownership within the city limits,” he said. “Several council members were upset Morton Grove had gotten a lot of attention with their ordinance so they decided to top them.

    “They figured the gun ownership ordinance would knock that city right off the front pages. They were right.”

    Jones said the ensuing publicity surrounding the law has given Kennesaw worldwide name recognition.

    “I have been to Australia and Europe and when I tell people I am from Kennesaw they recognize the name as the place that requires everyone to own a gun,” he said.

    But Stephenson said the issue was not publicity-driven but issue-driven.

    “We believed in the right of people to own guns,” he said.

    Jones said he has sold 550 copies of a 1994 book about the first-of-its-kind law, “The Law Heard ‘Round the World.”

    He said the law in its final form has many loopholes, so not everyone is required to own a gun.

    “There are many outs,” he said. “When you look at it, almost anyone could fit into one of the exempted groups.”

    Kennesaw Police Chief Dwaine Wilson said no one has ever been prosecuted under the ordinance.

    Among those exempt are residents “who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine.” Others exempt include the physically and mentally disabled, paupers and those convicted of a felony.

    The law contains no clause addressing punishment for violating the law. If convicted, City Clerk Diane Coker said punishment would be determined by the general penalty clause of the Kennesaw Code Ordinance – probably a fine of about $100.

    Jones said the unusual law has not deterred anyone from moving to Kennesaw.

    “Our population has increased just like everyone’s in Georgia in the past 20 years,” he said. “The law really hasn’t done any harm to the city’s growth.”

    The city’s population in 1998 was recorded at 14,493 – a sharp increase over the 8,936 residents recorded in the 1990 census.

    Cobb Chamber of Commerce president Bill Cooper said odd laws are typically not counted as strike against a city when a business is looking to relocate.

    “These laws don’t have laws don’t have an impact on a company’s decision to move to Cobb County,” Cooper said.

    “Many communities have strange laws that are out of date. Businesses look at many factors when relocating, such as quality of life, education, infrastructure and available workforce.”

    Bentley said the law actually may have helped business development.

    “Kennesaw is home to more manufacturing businesses than any other Cobb city,” he said. “Companies have said they want to be located in conservative areas.”

    And Kennesaw isn’t the only city in Cobb with an unusual law on the books.

    According to Jeff Koon, who runs a Web site specializing in funny laws,, Acworth has a ordinance requiring residents to own a rake.

    In Marietta, it is illegal to spit from a car or a bus, but perfectly legal to spit from a truck.

    OTOH, statistics demonstrate that crime rates in Australia have increased substantially since the government there instituted a gun buy-back program in 1997.

  13. spot_the_dog Says:

    Thank you for posting that, SandiM! I had heard about a town which had enacted a law like that but I didn’t know where it was, or any of the details. Now I’ve got your link well and truly bookmarked for the next lefty who tries to come at me with “more guns = more crime” arguments.

  14. tizona Says:

    There was also a decent sized Civil War battle in Kennesaw

  15. tizona Says:

    In other words, you don’t find to many, if any things in Georgia, named William Tecumseh Sherman.

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