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ZRX61
12-21-2009, 9:18 PM
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! 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.

RideIcon
12-21-2009, 9:27 PM
hehehe

ZRX61
12-21-2009, 9:30 PM
I'm betting that if that passed in California they would raise so much $$$ we could sort out the budget crisis ;)

Maybe we should pass that along to Arnold...

Walker
12-21-2009, 9:56 PM
Third lowest crime rate in the nation? That has to be a lie. I mean all those people walking around armed and lack of regulation it should be a third world war zone.

ALSystems
12-22-2009, 7:53 AM
The only law California would ever pass would require "This is a gunfree home" signs be posted on doors. :wacko: Such a list would then be publicly posted on the internet eventually. :( Maybe, if the Brady types would start doing this, the criminals would know who to target. :rofl2:

vantec08
12-22-2009, 8:09 AM
register liberals, not guns. . .. they do more damage

Decoligny
12-22-2009, 8:25 AM
OLD NEWS - ALMOST TEN YEARS OUT OF DATE

Why do people insist upon re-posting old out of date, regurgitated e-mails that have been forwarded to them from somebody their brother's friend's cousin's boss knew 9 years ago?

Fred Maslack IS NOT currently in the Vermont Legislature. While he did indeed put forth such a bill, back in 2000, it went absolutely nowhere, never even made it out of committee.

The original article was written in "The American Prospect" back on 27 March 2000.

http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=vermonts_right_not_to_bear_arms

ALSystems
12-22-2009, 8:29 AM
register liberals, not guns. . .. they do more damage
How about, "Guns don't kill, People kill but Liberals kill all guns without discrimination"

ZRX61
12-22-2009, 2:39 PM
OLD NEWS - ALMOST TEN YEARS OUT OF DATE

Why do people insist upon re-posting old out of date, regurgitated e-mails that have been forwarded to them from somebody their brother's friend's cousin's boss knew 9 years ago?


I have no idea, why don't you tell us?