BELLEVUE, WA â€“ The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today said a proposal before the South Dakota Legislature that would require all adults in the state to buy a gun â€œshould make perfect sense to anybody who supports Obamacare.â€
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb said legislation sponsored by five South Dakota lawmakers that would require anyone over age 21 to purchase a gun for ordinary self-defense seems reasonable.
â€œIf you can mandate that people must buy health insurance,â€ Gottlieb observed, â€œthen you can mandate that people must buy a firearm. After all, they both can keep you alive and well.â€
The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported that the requirement, if adopted, would become effective on Jan. 1, 2012. The provision exempts people who are legally prohibited from owning guns.
â€œAnyone who argues that such a proposal is nonsense should apply the same standard to Obamacare,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œThat goes double for anyone who thinks mandatory gun ownership is unconstitutional.
â€œThere is no place in the Constitution I can find where it mentions that having health insurance is a protected civil right,â€ he noted, â€œbut the right to keep and bear arms is right there in the Bill of Rights. We know, thanks to last Juneâ€™s ruling by the Supreme Court, that the Second Amendment right to have a gun applies to all citizens in every state.
â€œAnybody who thinks the health care mandate is constitutional, but doesnâ€™t think the Second Amendment is an individual civil right apparently has trouble reading the Constitution and the Supreme Court rulings,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œMaybe those individuals want that government-run health care so they can get their eyes checked.â€