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hogrider 01-03-2013 03:59 PM

Vermont's take on gun ownership
 
I received this the other day and have no idea if it is fact or joke but I like the idea.:D

A NOVEL APPROACH TO THE GUN OWNERSHIP ISSUE

THIS MAY MAKE YOUR DAY!

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 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. Sounds reasonable to me! Non-gun owners require more police to protect them and this fee should go to paying for their defense!

In God We Trust

Garadex 01-03-2013 05:28 PM

I like it!

jack80 01-03-2013 06:03 PM

That's how it should be!!!!

fmj 01-03-2013 06:14 PM

Goose meet Gander! :p

Popeye77 01-03-2013 07:24 PM

Talk about great wailing and gnashing of teeth!!!!

oldman10mm 01-03-2013 09:48 PM

Fred Maslack for President 2016

gunsmoke11 01-03-2013 10:20 PM

I love Vermont and their almost non existent gun laws. What I just can't understand is how in the hell can they constantly keep on re-electing that card carrying socialist Rep. Bernie Sanders and to add insult to injury re-elect the most anti-gun President in history?

drvsafe 01-03-2013 10:47 PM

"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."

Reading that just made me laugh and shake my head in disbelief at the same time. If THIS works in Vermont, why won't it work in NJ, or EVERY OTHER STATE for that matter?

clem_ 01-03-2013 10:59 PM

A good IDEA!.

goldenboy 01-10-2013 12:12 AM

I like the idea. My neighbors would be shelling out some cash but not me I'm loaded for bear. I really hope it come down to it n goes thru


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