December 19th, 2012

Think About It…….                                                                                                                December 19, 2012

Alaska leads the way in its approach to gun ownership including being one of only two states that allows a citizen to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.  However, a bill facing the Vermont legislature is a novel approach to the gun ownership issue and is a really great idea for Alaska and could have worked well in the Connecticut tragedy.

Vermont State Representative 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 definitely makes a lot of sense.

Malack has proposed a bill to register all “adult 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 access 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 to 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 an 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 resister their name, address, Social Security Number, and driver’s license number with the state and pay the $500. Fee. The representative says “There is a legitimate government interest in knowing who is not prepared to defend the state should they be asked to do so.”

Vermont already boasts a high rate of gun ownership along with the least restrictive laws of any state…’s currently one of only two states that allow 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.

Maslack says “America is at that awkward stage.  It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.” This really makes good sense when you think about it! 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.  Certainly non-gun owners require more police protect them and this $500 registration fee should go to paying for their defense!

One can only wish that the principal and teachers in that Connecticut school would have had the means to protect the innocent children and themselves in that terrible tragedy.

Think About It!      JCD   12-19-2013

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