3/8/2013 - by Bill McNiff
I have heard the claim by the opposition that this ordinance expands government. They say that this is a "big government" issue. That claim is false. By passing the Family Protection Ordinance our local government affirms our citizensí right to bear arms under the second amendment to the U. S. and the Georgia constitutions. This ordinance simply follows the law as we know it. This affirms the God given right to self defense. The ordinance does not require residents to purchase firearms if they do not want to. It has many exceptions, it does not allow the mentally ill to own a firearm. It also prohibits felons from owning a firearm. There is also an exception for people with a physical handicap, religious or philosophical objections to owning a firearm. I cannot see a down-side to this ordinance unless you are an ideologue in favor of big government and high taxes and see it as a threat to your cause.
Nelson is 1.45 miles square. It spans two counties, Pickens and Cherokee. We have one police officer who diligently works 40 hours a week. During the evening and night hours we rely on the respective county Sheriffs departments to respond to 911 issues. Being on the edge or two counties means that response time by the sheriff's deputies is somewhat delayed simply due to geography. I am not faulting the respective sheriffs. I commend them. It is simply a time and distance issue. They patrol in high crime areas. Nelson is not a high crime area so response time often can be delayed. Furthermore I do not advocate for more patrols and higher costs to taxpayers through increased property taxes. This ordinance is a no cost proposition for Nelson.
This ordinance is a deterrence. It says to the criminal element " don't come to Nelson. If you do come you may be sorry if you beat on the wrong door. We may be armed." This ordinance also speaks to times when there is a widespread emergency and communications are interrupted or limited. Nelson residents will be able to protect their lives and property.
It also says that an intrusive federal government cannot confiscate our firearms.
How anyone can spin this issue into a big government issue is beyond my comprehension. This is a win-win situation for the citizens of Nelson. It affirms their rights and it doesn't require an expansion of government and higher taxes.
I commend the members of the Nelson City Council for acting in the best interest of the citizens of Nelson. They are truly righteous citizen legislators. We need more people like them in government.