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Mocking health reform, Republicans propose mandating gun ownership

By David Edwards
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 11:07 EDT
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In a measure apparently mocking the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance mandate, Republican lawmakers in South Dakota want to force everyone over 21 years of age to buy a gun by 2012.

If the measure passes, those turning 21 would have six months to buy a firearm “sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.”

Residents would be required to pick a gun “suitable to their temperament, physical capacity, and preference.”

The bill was intended to be a form of protest against President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, which required that every American purchase health insurance by 2014 or face a penalty.

South Dakota state Rep. Hal Wick (R-Sioux Falls) was sponsoring the measure. He told The Sioux Falls Argus Leader that he knows the bill won’t get far.

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

A federal judge in Florida ruled Monday that the individual health insurance mandate was unconstitutional, and the entire law must be voided. South Dakota was one of 26 states that filed the lawsuit.

US District Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola, Florida went even further than a federal judge in Virginia last month who also struck down the law.

The Obama administration has announced plans to appeal the rulings, and the Supreme Court could eventually take up the case. Two other federal judges have upheld the law.

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday that if the health care law is allowed to stand “then Republicans should turn around and mandate all citizens be forced to purchase a gun and a Bible.”

“There’s a lot more evidence that owning a gun and a Bible is better for society than everyone having to own health insurance,” she said.

This video is from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast Jan. 31, 2011.


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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    This is not stupid or a joke. Although they trying to make a point that mandating health care is just as ridiculous as mandating everyone to own a gun is unconstitutional …this will backfire and here is why; There is a law already in the US in Kennesaw, GA, Cobb County. It was voted and passed in 1982.
    City passed an ordinance [Sec 34-21]
    In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits and over 21 is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition. Exemptions include disabilities and/or religious beliefs.

    Of course it went to the supreme court which ruled that it was in fact constitutional. This law is still in place and on another note the crime rate dropped and its the safest city its size in the US.

  • Anonymous

    Its not just Switzerland. Although they’re trying to make a point that mandating health care is just as ridiculous as mandating everyone to own a gun is unconstitutional …this will backfire and here is why; There is a law already in the US in Kennesaw, GA, Cobb County. It was voted and passed in 1982.
    City passed an ordinance [Sec 34-21]
    In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits and over 21 is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition. Exemptions include disabilities and/or religious beliefs.

    Of course it went to the supreme court which ruled that it was in fact constitutional. This law is still in place and on another note the crime rate dropped and its the safest city its size in the US.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting how you want statistics, yet you are so quick to use complete generalized and derogatory words like “carpetbaggers”. Ramblings about suits in Atlanta are confusing at best. Atlanta is an international city with one of largest international airports. The law passed in 1982 in Kennesaw GA was symbolic in nature. A kind of sociology experiment. People said that neighbors would shoot each other over lawn care and a rise of violence in the streets if such an ordinance passed. Well in 1981 the crime rate was 11 per 1,000 residents and in 1998 it had dropped to .2 per 1,000 residents. Kennesaw passed this in response to a handgun ban in Morton Grove, Ill. – which passed a law banning gun ownership within the city limits. Since then, despite dire predictions of chaos and increased violence, after 25 years not a single resident has been involved in a fatal shooting – as a victim, attacker or defender. On the flip side after Morton Grove passed their ban on guns- crime increased 15.7%.

    Note that the law in Kennesaw is not enforced, but more a psychological deterrent for criminals. If you are intent on committing a crime- are you going to perpetrate it in a city where you know you have a 50% chance of being shot or killed or go to Morton Grove where your chances are better and you will be long gone for police arrive?

    Also by your condescending and generalized statements concerning “gun nuts”, “crying and wailing like little babies because in their addled brains, daddy wants to take away their teddy bear.” I would have to assume you have not been a victim of a crime where you look back and think only if I had had a gun to protect myself….

    You might want to get off your sanctimonious box for a while. Comments like yours gives liberals a bad name.

  • Guest

    Well, troll, it’s nice to see the profanity-laden post from you that I still have in my inbox is at least removed from this page, so that even if I had to look at it, at least nobody else does.

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