SUSAN NIELSEN, 2007 JENNINGS FELLOW, ON A NEW PROVOCATIVE GUN BILL

Unhealthy power: Individual mandate should unnerve liberals, too

A provocative new bill in South Dakota would require all adults 21 or older to buy a gun for self-defense. Most any kind of firearm will do. But get one within six months, please, or you’ll be in violation of state law.

A Republican dreamed up this bill on a hunting trip, and supporters intend it as a half-serious slam against health care reform. Yet the idea raises a serious constitutional question for any Democrat who defends the individual mandate tucked inside President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement:

Are you sure the federal government should have the permanent authority to force people to buy stuff from private companies?

Full article at OregonLive.com.

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  1. John says

    In 1982 Kennesaw, Ga. Passed a law requiring all Head of Households to own a firearm and ammunition. The Crime rate dropped drastically. It was challenged by the ACLU, went to Federal court and the challenge was defeated. In 2007 Family Circle Magazine named it one of the 10 Best Towns for Family's in America…

    Other towns where it is compulsory to own a gun, include Love, UT and Virgin, UT; Greenleaf, ID; Gueda Springs, KS; and Cherry Tree, PA.

    Jus Sayin'