South Dakota Takes Aim at Obamacare – Introduces Bill Mandating All Residents Purchase Firearms

You gotta’ love it!:

S.D. GOP’s gun bill takes aim at ‘Obamacare’
Ploy would require arms ownership
Washington Times

Unlike conservatives who reflexively rail against the mandate in President Obama‘s health care initiative that all American buy insurance, South Dakota Republicans say they are looking at the big picture.

If the government can require Americans to buy health insurance, the reasoning goes, then why can’t the same government require them to purchase something a bit higher on the conservative wish list? That is why five GOP state legislators have introduced a bill that would require every South Dakotan age 21 or older to purchase a gun.

The legislation, known as “An Act to provide for an individual mandate to adult citizens to provide for the self-defense of themselves and others,” sounds like the stuff of Smith & Wesson’s fondest dreams, or perhaps the result of a very large campaign contribution from the National Rifle Association.

For firearms buffs, however, it turns out that House Bill 1237 is instead a commentary on the constitutionality of the federal health care law.

“If the federal government can order everyone in the United States to buy health insurance because everybody needs medical care,” said the bill’s chief sponsor, state Rep. Hal Wick, “it makes just as much sense for South Dakota to make this requirement to provide for everyone’s protection.”

Some state and federal judges undoubtedly would argue with that logic.

Mr. Wick said he doesn’t expect the bill to pass, but he hopes the debate will make Americans think about the unintended consequences of what critics deride as “Obamacare.”

“We’ve put this bill in to make a point and to help people understand why what the federal government is doing is unconstitutional,” said Mr. Wick.


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4 Comments on “South Dakota Takes Aim at Obamacare – Introduces Bill Mandating All Residents Purchase Firearms”

  1. tgusa Says:

    You gotta humor the people of South Dakota, they still think the law matters. LOL

  2. Israeli atheist Says:

    Man our neighbour Egypt is doing bad and right now our peace with them is in danger . Even Obama says Egypt will never be the same . I knew this will happen some day… at least we have Jordan…still…

  3. PB-in-AL Says:

    It’s an interesting exercise. Even though they’re just doing it for show, what if this were passed and enforced?

    Sure there’d be a flurry of accidental, or not, shootings. But as long as the concept of personal responsibility were adhered to, no law suits against the gun manufacturers, etc., people would be much more likely to mind their P’s and Q’s. I would bet that crime would drop precipitously.

    I don’t recall who said it, “an armed society is a polite society.” Maybe so.

    • Kennesaw, Georgia has already done it and it seems to be working out just fine for them:

      However, if gun control advocates really want to push the issue, I’m sure they could make the case that Kennesaw’s gun law is unconstitutional. But then, that would expose the unconstitutionality of Obamacare, now wouldn’t it? Quite the conundrum for Lefturds…


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