Have you bought your gun yet? Better hurry. If the news reports are any indication, the firearm business is brisk. Folks seem to be afraid the powers-that-be in Washington may try and take away their right to bear arms. No doubt that has driven the price of a pistol sky-rocketing. (Say, you don’t suppose the most vocal political gun opponents secretly invested heavily in Glock stock a few months ago, do you? Nah, that would never happen. What was I thinking? Our elected officials are much too honest and forthright to pull a stunt like that. They would never try and profit from their positions. Forget I even mentioned it.) Way ahead of the curve on this issue was the city of Kennesaw. In case you don’t remember, back in 1982, the Kennesaw City Council unanimously passed a law requiring heads of all households to own at least one firearm with ammunition. It’s not a law that’s enforced, but it’s fair to say that crime rates in Kennesaw tend to be a lot lower than in other cities. There are, of course, passionate people on both sides of the gun issue. Many individuals and groups feel there are not only way too many guns in this country already, but that certain types of guns and ammo should be banned outright. Others, most prominently the National Rifle Association and its 4 million or so members, generally speak up vociferously whenever anyone attempts to step on what he or she feels is a Constitutional right to own whatever firepower desired. Not to get off on a tangent, but, love ’em or loathe ’em, did anybody else notice that with the NRA’s December suggestion that all public schools in the U.S. employ an armed guard, it accomplished in roughly 15 seconds what Washington has been unable to do in over four years: Create roughly 100,000 real new jobs? But I digress. The subject is guns and does everybody need one? I certainly don’t have the answer to that question. But I do have some suggestions as to how we might reduce the national crime rate and perhaps prevent further atrocities. Arm more women: Perhaps you heard the story about the suburban Atlanta Mom who was home alone with her two young children when a man broke into their house. She grabbed the kids, her phone, and her gun and ran upstairs to hide in a closet. When the “perp” (as we who watch cop shows call him) opened the closet door, Mom filled him full of lead, shooting him five times. She and the kids took off while the man somehow stumbled out of the house. But he didn’t get far. Police picked him up a couple of driveways down the street. Given that there aren’t too many instincts stronger than a mother protecting her offspring, maybe putting guns in the hands of all who can bear children and teaching them how to use them isn’t such a bad thing. Robbers might think twice if they realize they could become Swiss cheese by evening’s end. Prescription drug test: This would be in addition to the regular criminal background check that is currently required in every state. I’m no expert on what drugs should be considered. That’s up to the fine folks who deal with mental issues all the time. But generally speaking, if someone is taking medication to control, say, acute craziness (that would be a layman’s term), perhaps it would be best if he or she weren’t allowed to purchase so much as a BB gun. Dogs for all: Thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of happy, friendly, protective canines are euthanized every month. If each household in America (from mansions to one-room apartments) had a dog, it’s a good bet crime would go down. How many burglars want to face-off against a growling set of large teeth in the middle of the night? Train those jaws to take a hunk out of a bad guy’s leg and he’s not likely to hang around long. I wonder if the Founding Fathers ever envisioned the impact their Second Amendment would have on the nation’s collective conscience. Back in the late 18th century, they basically just wanted to keep the Redcoats from coming back. And it worked. (Well, except for 1812.) Now, of course, we have bigger concerns. Hmmm. I wonder if my Mom still has my Roy Rogers six shooters hanging around the attic. They came with cool leather holsters, too. Bill Lewis is a freelance writer in Marietta.