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Bill would require all S.D. citizens to buy a gun

"The measure is known as an act "to provide for an individual mandate to adult citizens to provide for the self defense of themselves and others."
The goal, I surmise, would be to improve the citizenry's ability for personal defense against the criminal element, and to reduce the financial burden of increased police presence, and that other first responders, upon the taxpayers.

Of course, the bill would have to be passed before citizens could know what's in it.

Progressives will most certainly cheer such a govt. mandate.


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We're all Swiss now?... (Below threshold)

We're all Swiss now?

Sorry, individual mandates ... (Below threshold)
John S:

Sorry, individual mandates are unconstitutional.

Not according to Barry Mand... (Below threshold)
914:

Not according to Barry Mandatella. And he's the brightest scholar of all.

hahaha I love the line of r... (Below threshold)
Conservachef:

hahaha I love the line of reasoning- if the feds can force you to buy insurance, why not? After all, not buying a gun affects commerce just like buying one does. This bill is even nice enough to let you pick the type, caliber, and whatnot.

From the article- quoting the sponsor of the bill:
“Do I or the other cosponsors believe that the State of South Dakota can require citizens to buy firearms? Of course not. But at the same time, we do not believe the federal government can order every citizen to buy health insurance,” he said.

In medical terms, I suppose this is what they might call "a taste of your own medicine."

They passed that law in Ken... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

They passed that law in Kennesaw, GA - but there's no penalty for not obeying it. No fine, no ticket, not even a stern look.

Crime dropped.

It makes sense, when you think about it - if you're looking to rob someone, are you going to hang out where people MIGHT be armed?

<a href="http://ww... (Below threshold)
JLawson:
Opinion: Welcome to Kennesaw, Georgia – We’re Packin’

In 1981, Morton Grove, IL passed a law prohibiting citizens within the city limits to own firearms. In response, the city council of Kennesaw, GA unanimously passed a city ordinance in 1982 requiring heads of households to own at least one firearm with ammunition. The crime rate in Kennesaw at the time was already quite low, with only 11 burglaries per 1,000 residents in 1981; but nonetheless, the crime rate dropped even lower (by 89%) after the ordinance was passed.

In 1998, Decatur, GA, (another Atlanta suburb with a population of comparable size to that of Kennesaw) reported 4,049 property crimes per 100,000 residents, while Kennesaw had merely 243 property crimes per 100,000 (that is .243 per 1,000). In contrast, Morton Grove has a crime rate of about 10 times that of Kennesaw.
I'd say the crime rate in South Dakota's about to go down.
I'm waiting for the governm... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I'm waiting for the government to declare that since healthcare is an issue of national economic importance and diet impacts health, therefore all food purchases will be made in ratios of meat,grain, dairy, fruits & vegetables etc prescribed by the USDA. By enforcing these ratios we can help ensure that people are eating right.

Furthermore the FDA will be licensing grocery stores to ensure that they sell food appropriately.

Waivers will be granted to SEIU members so they can continue to purchase beer and chips in large quantities.

John S.: "Sorry, individual... (Below threshold)
Drago:

John S.: "Sorry, individual mandates are unconstitutional."

That's the actual point of the SD proposed legislation.

To draw attention to the insanity of forcing individuals to purchase health insurance.

The idea that you can use the Commerce Clause to claim that essentially, "not buying an apple" is the same as "buying an apple".

State mandates are constitu... (Below threshold)

State mandates are constitutional, if albeit ill-advised. Federal mandates, absent a constitutional amendment are not. I wish South Dakota would pass the law just to see the self-proclaimed prodessor of constitutional law soill his nappies.

It's a good thing for lefti... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

It's a good thing for leftists that states can't mandate people to have common sense, for in that event there would be whole lotta' non-compliance goin' on.

jim m, I have no doubt that... (Below threshold)
Hank:

jim m, I have no doubt that that is the "logical" next step if Obamacare is implemented. Mrs Obama is already laying the groundwork for that.

As for the gun law, love it!

Arizona passes a law on bor... (Below threshold)
914:

Arizona passes a law on border security and Barry small pee pee Holder went ballistic.

The only thing more threatening to leftist then 'gun rights' is Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann beating Hillary as 1st Woman President and their unholy grail, a Womans right to pickle her bab...Scuse Me, 'fetus'.

Love the theater of this!</... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Love the theater of this!

I just hope the Feds don't mandate purchase of Windows Vista.

I can only hope that this '... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I can only hope that this 'law' is being done as a gag.

Well, Bill might require it... (Below threshold)
epador:

Well, Bill might require it, but I bet Barry wouldn't.

In fact, I believe that the... (Below threshold)
sam:

In fact, I believe that the federal government can mandate purchase of gun under the Militia Act of 1792.

Sorry, Militia Clause of 17... (Below threshold)
sam:

Sorry, Militia Clause of 1792, not Militia Act.

Here's more detail:<p... (Below threshold)
sam:

Here's more detail:

Leg history of Militia Act of 1792
Posted by David Hardy · 5 August 2005 06:20 PM

The Militia Act of 1792 (in effect until 1903) required essentially every male of military age to own a musket or rifle and ammunition. I recently found some of its legislative history (beginning in 1790) and it is interesting. Major themes were (1) what to do about people too poor to own a gun? (2) If we have the federal government just give issue them guns, wouldn't that let the federal government disarm them at a later date? (3) Various States let Quakers out of militia service if they pay a fee. Should we let them off the fee, or would that be a benefit to one religion (they neither serve nor pay), and how do we make up the lost revenue?

I've been thinking of so... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

I've been thinking of something witty to chime in with but bugger me if that bloke Tzar Nick didn't come up with the winner at 10. Well done your highness,

I don't like it, theater or... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

I don't like it, theater or not. Government mandates such as this are no joking matter.

@10 - MA, CA and NY come to... (Below threshold)
Olsoljer:

@10 - MA, CA and NY come to mind immediately.

As this would be a state la... (Below threshold)
oldpuppymax:

As this would be a state law, it may well be passable and constitutional. Some areas made gun ownership mandatory 250 years ago.

My objection to this otherw... (Below threshold)
dunce :

My objection to this otherwise good idea is that many households have someone like jared loughner that must be prevented from any access to a gun.The best way is to not have a weapon in the home.Putting them in an institution is often not an option.Another example of one size fits all failing.




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