South Dakota Considers Requiring Gun Ownership

You know what the problem with the right to bear arms is? It's not a requirement. Luckily, a few South Dakota lawmakers are hoping to change that with a law that would require anyone over 21 to buy a gun.

House Bill No. 1237, introduced today by Republican State Rep. Hal Wick of Sioux Falls, asks that

each citizen residing in the state of South Dakota who has attained the age of twenty-one years shall purchase or otherwise acquire a firearm suitable to their temperament, physical capacity, and personal preference sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.

Sounds like the raddest bill ever, right? And one that would definitely make South Dakota the safest state in the union, partly because everyone would either move away, or die, from being shot.

But, of course, it's a "stunt" engineered by Wick to, I guess, "prove" that the government can't require you to buy health care. (Does Rep. Wick know that the federal government and the state government of South Dakota are two different things imbued with different rights and powers? I mean, who does he think requires him to own car insurance? You know what, don't answer that.) Another promise broken by a politician!

[Sioux Falls Argus Leader; image via Shutterstock]