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A novel idea - Register non-gun owners....

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Brian in Oregon, Feb 11, 2010.

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    (Yes, it's a wee bit dated, but I don't recall seeing it posted here before.)

    A Novel Idea. Register non-gun owners<br>
    Posted by D. Wayne Crook on October 21, 2009 at 9:34pm<br>
    View D. Wayne Crook's blog<br>
    Subject: A Novel Idea<br>
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    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!<br>

    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.
     
  2. Bushmaster1313

    Bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

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    If all law abiding citizens had guns (a very nice idea by the way) the job of the police would be to protect the criminals from decent people over-reacting to crimes.

    If all law abiding citizens had guns only the criminals
    Would be disarmed.
     
  3. jhoward

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    If you register everyone who does not have a firearm, you are by default also creating a list of everyone who does own a firearm.
     
  4. wayneo

    wayneo Active Member

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    This has been on here a lot over the years. Fred is no longer a VT. State rep. He proposed this in 2000. Its still a good read though, google a search for Fred Maslack. Wayne
     
  5. noknock1

    noknock1 Active Member

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    I like it. We gun owners are already on multiple lists. I like the idea of non gunowners being fined.
     
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