[Vision2020] Guns in Greenleaf

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Mon Sep 25 09:50:35 PDT 2006

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>From: Chasuk <chasuk at gmail.com>
>To: Vision2020 <vision2020 at moscow.com>
>Subject: [Vision2020] Guns in Greenleaf
>Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2006 23:24:27 -0700
>Proposed Ordinance asks Each Household to Have a Firearm
>Greenleaf, Idaho -- All Americans have the right to bear arms.  Some
>towns have even gone as far as to require each household to have a
>gun.   Now a small Idaho town is contemplating a similar idea-- it's
>called the Civil Emergencies Ordinance. And although gun ownership is
>just one piece of this ordinance, it's the part that's getting the
>most attention.
>"We've blessed to be a fairly rural area of the state, so we don't
>have a lot of crime and I think we'd like to keep it that way," said
>Lee Belt, Greenleaf city clerk.
>Drive about 10 minutes west of Caldwell and you'll run into Greenleaf,
>Idaho, population 860.  If city council member Steve Jett has his way,
>each head of household that can legally own a gun, will.  Along with
>that they're encouraged to have ammunition and appropriate training.
>"I think the city council is hoping it will happen and that it will be
>a deterrent to crime as the city and region increases in population,"
>said Belt.
>The proposed ordinance is modeled after a similar plan that went into
>place in 1982 in Kennesaw, Ga.  In that instance there was a dramatic
>decrease in criminal activity.  Although crime isn't a huge problem
>for residents of Greenleaf, the growth in neighboring counties leads
>them to believe they too are in for some changes.
>"There's not a lot of crime here, but I think it's coming, it's
>getting worse everyday," said Art Bailey, owner of the Greenleaf
>While the plan does encourages firearm ownership, the ordinance goes
>beyond that.
>"The largest part itself deals with emergency capabilities," said Belt.
>The plan will establish an emergency response plan, and promote its
>citizen response teams and neighborhood watch volunteer groups, a
>proactive approach to keep the crime rate to a minimum.  So how have
>residents responded?  According to almost everyone we spoke to, they
>already owned a gun or multiple guns, so this would have no effect on
>them either way.
>"I don't know if it is good for every household, but we being hunters
>have always had guns," said Bonnie Cagle, a Greenleaf resident.
>"I think it is an excellent idea," said Bailey. "If the citizens are
>armed were not at a disadvantage."
>We did ask to speak with the city council member who proposed the
>ordinance but he was out of town.  In November, the council will
>decide whether or not to adopt the ordinance.
>"Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause." -- Mahatma Gandhi
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