A Brilliant Idea From South Dakota

Just a quick reminder:

The government requiring you to buy insurance: unconstitutional Socialism.

The government requiring you to buy a gun: totally kosher.

Five South Dakota lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require any adult 21 or older to buy a firearm “sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.”

The bill, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2012, would give people six months to acquire a firearm after turning 21. The provision does not apply to people who are barred from owning a firearm.

First off, I am on the fence about gun control. While it is true that gunfreaks are mostly comprised of horrifically stupid fruitloops, I don’t see how banning guns would curb gun violence. If banning stuff worked, we wouldn’t have drugs or backalley abortions.

Also, my misanthropic side loves the self-weeding nature of gun culture.  Most gun owners are statistically far more likely to remove themselves or close relatives from the gene pool. When I consider that, I think this bill is a wonderful idea. Give the stupid voters of South Dakota the means to off themselves with.

Yeah, yeah, eliminationist rhetoric. Give me a break, I’ve been snowed inside the house for two days straight and I’m going CRAZY.

Anyway, turns out this is grandstanding to make a point about health care.

Rep. Hal Wick, R-Sioux Falls, is sponsoring the bill and knows it will be killed. But he said he is introducing it to prove a point that the federal health care reform mandate passed last year is unconstitutional.

“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.

…so yeah where are those jobs you folks promise us? Is that after you’re done redefining rape and making kamikaze bills?


(Unrelated: I have this thing in the paper today. Also check out this letter by JoHelen Umphenour.)


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