01 February 2011

South Dakota Catholic?

OK, all you comboxers out there, if you thought my USCCB/gun control post was bad, check out this story from the South Dakota Argus-Leader:

Bill would require all S.D. citizens to buy a gun

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.

Nor does the measure specify what type of firearm. Instead, residents would pick one “suitable to their temperament, physical capacity, and preference.”

The measure is known as an act “to provide for an individual mandate to adult citizens to provide for the self defense of themselves and others.”

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.


Anonymous said...

The city of Kennesaw, Georgia has a law on the books that requires the head of every household to own a handgun. Of course, they do not enforce it, but the gesture is interesting to say the least.


doughboy said...

let's all move to rapid city.

Anonymous said...

Yes, please. You all move to Rapid City.

StGuyFawkes said...

This law is identical to the one in the uber-neutral state of Switzerland. Having each household own a gun is but a condition of soldier-citizenship which we Americans have forgotten since we threw the responsibilities of defense off on the lower classes with our "volunteer army."

No aristocratic or monarchist society would ever remove death and the necessary honor of bloodshed from the responsibilities of the higher orders.

Yes, everyone should be armed and everyone should be draftable who is not a woman or a child or an invalid.

Anonymous said...

When I lved in SD a man was arrested for shooting geese on his front lawn. He lived opposite the Govenors house and bullets were missing the geese and crossing a road. I remember driving down the freeway with pickups going by with hoofs sticking in the air. At dawn at dusk some would shoot pheasants that came by the side of roads to pick up gravel for their crops. It didn't seem to matter that there was traffic on the road.
Men are men in SD and feel manly killing things. Taxidermy is common pastime. They even stuff pets and fish. Maybe in 20 years when everyone has shot eachother because "well he had a gun, it was self defence" they will stuff people as well.

Anonymous said...

The St. Louis Blues should host a Gun Night the next time they play the Chicago Blackhawks. Everyone would be required to bring a gun to the game, so that each and every person there can defend themselves against every other person there. Throw in a rowdy game and a lot of beer

... oh wait, that basically happens every day in the US, with over 45,000 people a year getting blown away.

thetimman said...

Anon at 8:45,

I suggest taking a walk with a loved one through the winter wonderland today, have a brief but playful snowball fight, come home and drink some hot chocolate in front of the fire, and have a glass of chartreuse while you're at it, thanking God for the beauty of life.

Then you won't be so upset.

Anonymous said...

Yes, take that walk, enjoy that hot cocoa (or even a cognac), pray a bit, and also recall that the reason we all feel so strongly, one way or the other, about this question, doesn't have that much to do with guns, but with the fact that we Americans do not trust our government!

Anonymous said...

You know, there is medicine available for people who don't trust "we the people."

Unfortunately, paranoia is the hardest thing for psychologists and psychiatrists to cure, simply because the paranoid quickly think that these doctors are part of "them."

I'm curious - is this "trust issue" you have at 04:22 something that comes and goes with various administrations, or is it pervasive?