South Dakota Takes Aim at Obamacare – Introduces Bill Mandating All Residents Purchase Firearms
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S.D. GOP’s gun bill takes aim at ‘Obamacare’
Ploy would require arms ownership
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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