Monday, October 19, 2009

New bill proposes fine for citizens who don't own guns.

While California is making gun ownership more burdensome and expensive, a Vermont legislator seeks to do the opposite: Make not owning a gun, more burdensome and expensive.

...a Vermont state legislator recently introduced a bill requiring all unarmed Vermont citizens to pay $500 for the privilege of not owning a gun.
Under the bill, adults who choose not to own a weapon would be required to register their name, address, Social Security number, and driver's license number with the state. Those of military age, with the exception of police and members of the armed forces, would be required to pay the $500 fine...

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, right? If you can burden people for making the choice of owning firearms, isn't only "fair" that you can burden people for not making the choice?

I think it's a good idea. Those people who don't own guns are essentially making the state solely responsible for their safety, requiring more protection than gun owners. Naturally, they should pay the state for the extra protection. I do wish that he had worked fingerprinting in there.

This legislation will probably never pass (nearly everyone in VT owns a gun anyway), but it's a good discussion starter.

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