THIS MAY MAKE YOUR DAY!
Vermont State Rep. Fred Maslack has read the Second Amendment to theU.S. Constitution, as well as Vermont's own Constitution verycarefully, and his strict interpretation of these documents is poppingsome eyeballs in New England and elsewhere.
Maslack recently proposed a bill to register "non-gun-owners" andrequire them to pay a $500 fee to the state. Thus Vermont would becomethe first state to require a permit for the luxury of going aboutunarmed and assess a fee of $500 for the privilege of not owning agun. Maslack read the "militia" phrase of the Second Amendment as notonly the right of the individual citizen to bear arms, but as'a clearmandate to do so'. He believes that universal gun ownership wasadvocated by the Framers of the Constitution as an antidote to a"monopoly of force" by the government as well as criminals. Vermont'sconstitution states explicitly that "the people have a right to beararms for the defense of themselves and the State" and those personswho are "conscientiously scrupulous of bearing arms" shall be requiredto "pay such equivalent." Clearly, says Maslack, Vermonters have aconstitutional obligation to arm themselves, so that they are capableof responding to "any situation that may arise."
Under the bill, adults who choose not to own a firearm would berequired to register their name, address, Social Security Number, anddriver's license number with the state. "There is a legitimategovernment interest in knowing who is not prepared to defend the stateshould they be asked to do so," Maslack says.
Vermont already boasts a high rate of gun ownership along with theleast restrictive laws of any state .... it's currently the only statethat allows a citizen to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.This combination of plenty of guns and few laws regulating them hasresulted 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 thesystem, but too early to shoot the bastards." This makes sense! Thereis no reason why gun owners should have to pay taxes to support policeprotection for people not wanting to own guns.
Let them contribute their fair share and pay their own way. Soundsreasonable to me! Non-gun owners require more police to protect themand this fee should go to paying for their defense!