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.