Gun Barrel City Is Officially Urging its Residents to Buy Guns

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The official logo of Gun Barrel City, a small town on the banks of the Cedar Creek Reservoir, is a pair of crossed revolvers. Its slogan is "We Shoot Straight With You." One of its main drags is Gun Barrel Lane, where you'll find the Carry Right Gun Shop. Its mayor's business attire is an American flag shirt.

But city leaders fear that their position on firearms might not be quite clear. And so they spelled it out.

According to WFAA, the Gun Barrel City City Council voted unanimously last night to pass a resolution urging every head of household -- felons, the mentally ill and conscientious objectors excluded -- to buy a gun and bullets "[i[n order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants."

City officials don't actually seem to think that firearms enthusiasts who choose to live in a place called Gun Barrel City need the government's encouragement to arm themselves. It's a marketing move more than anything, something the town is familiar with.

This approach is nothing new for a city that apparently was incorporated in 1969 to sell beer and wine to visitors to the newly completed Cedar Creek Lake. In the process, the city jettisoned "Old Bethel Community" in favor of its current, more memorable name, an homage to the outlaws who frequented the backwoods during Prohibition.

Mayor Paul Eaton explained to WFAA that he doesn't want to return to the lawlessness of those days, but he does want to fill up some of the town's empty storefronts. Preferably with guns.


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internationalpoet
internationalpoet

Actually this idea came by way of a Gun Barrel resident in mid-April of this year.  It was passed on to the city manager of GB after the individual read of a city in Georgia that had passed the same resolution.  The citizen realized the city was in dire need of growth in areas of being more than a resort community in order to provide growth and employment for its residents.  Of course, the individual who rendered this idea was never told it was going to be used until he read it in the local paper almost two weeks afterward the idea was given to said City Manager.  What is so funny is that the Mayor himself, was such an ego freak he had to say in a public way that he was the "idea" person. Another great example of honesty in our local governments.  In spite of the less than quality of individuals in city goverment, the ploy has been successful so far in Governor Perry sending his personal respresentative to GB to further discuss bring gun and ammo manufactures into this small city in East Texas. 

Jannie
Jannie

As long as I get my free birth control pills what difference does it make?

dennisdouglaspepc
dennisdouglaspepc

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russell.allison1
russell.allison1

The folks that developed Gun Barrel City had a great business plan-sell beer to the God-fearing folk from Mabank and then set up a speed trap on the road from Mabank to the beer store.  It may not be a garden spot, but it began with a couple of strokes of genius. 

.357
.357

POW POW!

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Wasn't this the same city that elected a high school kid as mayor several years ago?

mcdallas
mcdallas

I'm glad I don't live in Toadsuck, Arkansas.  Hopefully, their City Council won't follow suit...

Sebastian Gluzman
Sebastian Gluzman

this would make a great joke if it wasn't the sad reality of this country

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

No big deal. When you exclude felons and the mentally ill that can't leave more than a handful of their citizens.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@MushMouth1Gun Barrel City 6,057 and 15 total law enforcement officers  - Crime Index of  492.1  (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 302.7)

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