Tuesday, April 02, 2013

They Hung a Sign Up in Our Town

 "If you live it up, you won't live it down".

Or, maybe, at all.

From TPM:
Guns Are Now Required For Citizens Of Nelson, Georgia


NELSON, Ga. (AP) — Backers of a newly adopted ordinance requiring gun ownership in a small north Georgia town acknowledge they were largely seeking to make a point about gun rights.

The ordinance in the city of Nelson — population 1,300 — was approved Monday night and goes into effect in 10 days. However, it contains no penalties and exempts anyone who objects, convicted felons and those with certain mental and physical disabilities.

City Councilman Duane Cronic, who sponsored the measure, said he knows the ordinance won’t be enforced but he still believes it will make 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,” he said. “I really felt like this ordinance was a security sign for our city.”

Another purpose, according to the city council’s agenda, is “opposition of any future attempt by the federal government to confiscate personal firearms.”

Council members in Nelson, a small city located 50 miles north of Atlanta, voted unanimously to approve the Family Protection Ordinance. The measure requires every head of household to own a gun 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.”

Nelson resident Lamar Kellett was one of five people who spoke during a public comment period Monday night and one of two who opposed the ordinance. Among his many objections, he said it dilutes the city’s laws to pass measures that aren’t intended to be enforced.
I'm sure their new pretend-law will also keep them safe from fake Creeping Sharia in the same way the Waving a Chicken Over Your Head Law now keeps them safe from elephants:
Why are you waving that chicken around over your head? To keep the elephants away. Does it work? You don’t see any elephants around here, do you?
Because nothing shouts "Respect the rule of law" louder than a town full of paranoid Limbaugh ditto heads passing laws which they have no intention of enforcing.


Anonymous said...

I listen to one other podcast besides yours, and they had a quick line about someone, I think a European religious leader, who said that the Prosperity Gospel is a sign of the spiritual infantilism of the United States.

I think that sentiment can be spread thick and wide. I know I've sent an email before about my thoughts that religious and political fundamentalism are ideologies of children by necessity and for marketing reasons.

And, so, this is just one more thing cranked out by people who's social development fossilized at childhood. This is no different from cities passing laws against Agenda 21 or Presidents Without Birth Certificates, or fundamentalists casting out demons of evolution and Darwinism, or from children hanging a "NO NERDS ALLOWED!" sing on their fort. Honestly, I'm getting ready for a mayor to make a proclamation that Jesus casts Sharia out of their town. (And, yes, I live near the town that tried that with Satan.)

Because religious and political views have long been sacrosanct in this country, and we have such an anti-intellectual history, people think they can dump a pile of crap anyway, tape a Bible verse or plastic Jesus or Reagan action figure to it, and everyone has to politely agree with them. We have completely lost any history of anyone telling them, "Don't dump that crap in public! What the Hell is wrong with you?!?"


Fritz Strand said...

Prior to the 'internets' living at the edge of our awareness were the crazy local politics and politician all over the country. They have always been with us. Remember 'blue laws', like you can't get keys made in Virginia on Sunday? How many does your local area still have?

I'm not sure how much attention we should pay to the local loud mouth politician who got elected because his last name was first on the ballot.

Even in relatively highly educated areas local elections can be won by a handful of dedicated nut jobs.

Unknown said...

Well I think this may be a little more serious that the previous two posters do.
This may be an indicator of the brilliance of the South's long game. To wit: In Ct., some serious anti-gun legislation passed the other day, with even the Republicans on board. Note the stark contrast.
So the plan is working. Soon the North will be mostly unarmed and the South will be armed to the teeth. . .
THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN! as promised (and planned).

Joeklahoma said...

I suppose that the obvious joke is to say that the new law will be refered to as a "Cronic Condition".

Anonymous said...

I'm amused by the press trying so hard, over the last several months, to portray the NRA as beginning to lose its singular level of absolute sway over the corruptible. I've seen/heard a lot of pundits suggesting that CLEARLY the NRA's influence is waning, it's a dawn of a new era, and other awesome cliches. HOWEVER...No assault weapons ban, no gazillion clip ban, no change in the laughable lip service that passes for background checks. And the ace: no change in regulation (sic) of arms sales at gun shows.

Yeah, the NRA is moribund.

chrome agnomen said...

more arguments against evolution, but you sure can't call it intelligent design either, can you? we just haven't evolved much as a people. in fact, we got incredibly lucky in our choice of founding fathers. can you imagine, in your most fevered opium dreams, a document like the declaration of independence, or the constitution, being drafted today?

watchdog said...

And yet these Luddites are totally against any kind of gun control because those laws are never 100% effective, yet they readily pass a 100% unenforceable feel-good law to prove a political point. These people are truly sad.