South Dakota Bill: Every Adult Must Own a Gun
Republicans try to make a point with mandatory gun law
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 1, 2011 10:17 AM CST
A man shops for guns in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Josh Anderson)

(Newser) – South Dakota lawmakers have introduced a bill that would force all of the state’s citizens to buy a gun “to provide for the self defense of themselves and others.” (Wait, is it still self-defense if you’re defending others? Isn’t that just defense?) The law would apply to all adults age 21 or older, except for those legally prohibited from buying them, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports. It leaves it to each individual to pick a gun “suitable to their temperament.”

Of course, the five lawmakers who introduced the bill don’t actually expect it to pass. The point, according to one Sioux Falls Republican, is to prove that the federal mandate to buy health care insurance is unconstitutional. “Do I or the other cosponsors believe that the State of South Dakota can require citizens to buy firearms? Of course not,” he says. “But at the same time, we do not believe the federal government can order every citizen to buy health insurance.”

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updoc101
Feb 14, 2011 3:17 PM CST
But they can make you buy automobile insurance. Hmmm, why is that, do ya think?
Richard Mote
Feb 14, 2011 1:02 PM CST
@LezleyY: I find it ironic that the right-wingers and teabaggers so instrumental in eliminating a single payer system in which at least a basic level of health care would be provided to all citizens regardless of income, at no charge to the citizen, and allowing the option to purchase private supplemental insurance, now piss and moan over the "unconstitutional" nature of attempting to provide that health care using the only method that the Republican'ts left open. If you pile garbage across the road in front of your house, don't whine at me about driving around it and across your lawn. If you obstruct the best, second-best, and every other method of providing those the insurance companies refuse to cover with health care, don't whine at me when I use the only method you haven't shut off. You know, the one designed to funnel money to the Republicans' buddies in the health care industry. If you want to blame someone for federally mandated health insurance purchases (which don't exist in the form you imagine, but we'll leave that aside), blame the Republicans who forced the use of that method by filibustering every other, better way of accomplishing the goal.
LezleyY
Feb 2, 2011 10:05 AM CST
Health insurance doesn't save lives any more than guns take them... DOCTORS/NURSES save lives and PEOPLE kill people... This law has absolutely NOTHING to do with actually trying to mandate the purchase of firearms and EVERYTHING to do with: 1) Getting a "you can't do that, it's unconstitutional" response from the liberal left-wing supporters of Obamacare, and 2) setting precedent law in preparation for the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the current version of healthcare reform due to the unconstitutional mandate to purchase health insurance included therein. When are people, of all ideologies, going to understand that "universal coverage" does not equate to "universal health care?" The government can't force a physician to see Medicaid patients, so all of those people who were placed on the Medicaid rolls by Obamacare will have coverage but truly no more access to healthcare than they had before... It will now take 10 times longer to get an appointment with a physician who takes Medicaid... and those physicians are becoming more and more scarce as physician reimbursements continue to decline below the cost (time/materials/overhead) to see those patients...