Vermont has the right idea

pro2A

Hell, It's about time!
#1
I got this in an E-mail yesterday so I can't cite a source... I thought it was amusing. I think its a non-binding resolution at best, but still a spit in the face of anti-gunners.

Vermont State Rep. Fred Maslack has read the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as Vermont 's own Constitution very carefully, and his strict interpretation of these documents is popping some
eyeballs in New England and elsewhere.

Maslack recently proposed a bill to register "non-gun-owners" and require them to pay a $500 fee to the state. Thus Vermont would become the first state to require a permit for the luxury of going about unarmed and assess a fee of $500 for the privilege of not owning a gun.

Maslack read the "militia" phrase of the Second Amendment as not only affirming the right of the individual citizen to bear arms, but as a clear mandate to do so. He believes that universal gun ownership was advocated by the Framers of the Constitution as an antidote to a "monopoly of force" by the government as well as criminals

Vermont 's constitution states explicitly that "the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State" and those persons who are "conscientiously scrupulous of bearing arms" shall be required to "pay such equivalent." Clearly, says Maslack, Vermonters have a constitutional obligation to arm themselves, so that they are capable of responding to "any situation that may arise."

Under the bill, adults who choose not to own a firearm would be required to register their name, address, Social Security Number, and driver's license number with the state. "There is a legitimate government interest in knowing who is not prepared to defend the state should they be asked to do so," Maslack says

Vermont already boasts a high rate of gun ownership along with the least restrictive laws of any state .. it's currently the only state that allows a citizen to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. This combination of plenty of guns and few laws regulating them has resulted in a crime rate that is the third lowest in the nation

" America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards."

This makes sense! There is no reason why gun owners should have to pay taxes to support police protection for people not wanting to own guns. Let them contribute their fair share and pay their own way.
Go Vermont!

 
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Duke1985

EatsApplePieShitsFreedom
#2
That is the most retarded thing I've ever seen. I actually own a gun, but thats the most ass backwards proposal I've ever seen.

This is my favorite part...

Under the bill, adults who choose not to own a firearm would be required to register their name, address, Social Security Number, and driver's license number with the state. "There is a legitimate government interest in knowing who is not prepared to defend the state should they be asked to do so," Maslack says
Yeah because there is such a high probability of a ground war in Vermont. Yeah the Mexican Drug Cartels are on their way up right now with all their way on up through the heartland of America right into Vermont. Terrorists decided they weren't just gonna blow up bombs attached to dudes in crowded malls anymore, they're going to take the fight to America right on into Vermont.

Who the hell is Vermont defending itself from?

America is about choices you have a choice to own a gun, you have a choice to carry a gun. I have a choice not to. I have a choice to guns don't necessarily make me safer and I have a choice not to arm myself with a gun.

There is no reason why gun owners should have to pay taxes to support police protection for people not wanting to own guns. Let them contribute their fair share and pay their own way.
I have a baseball bat and a riot baton. Tell me am I exempt or do I have to be able to kill anyone who enters my home to not have to pay the fine.
 

CaptainObvious

Son of Liberty
V.I.P.
#3
I love this idea, the government needs to make sure every citizen purchases a gun and fine those that don't, everyone needs to be prepared to defend their state and register for their respective state militia.
 

MAgnum9987

Do What Thou Wilt
#4
As much as I believe this is a good idea, I believe this a clear violation of people's rights. It is wrong for the government to force people to own a firearm. Imagine all the stupid people who will have this tremendous responsibility on their hands. Accidents will go up, as will gun related crimes. This is just a wrong idea. Besides, imagine the malcontenet for the taxes and fees. More people will just be pissed at the government than the people satisfied.
 

Major

4 legs good 2 legs bad
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#6
I'm not against guns by any means, but this is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard of and I don't see how anyone can support it.
 

SmilinSilhouette

Registered Member
#7
How funny! I like the turnabout is fair play idea. You don't have to be prepared to defend yourself, you can choose to pay the extra tax. Ha Ha.

Really not a good idea, but poetic and amusing.