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A modest proposal

Treating guns like health insurance

Surveys indicate that gun ownership is not spread evenly across U.S. households. In fact, chances are that a substantial proportion of U.S. gun owners have more than one weapon, so it’s quite possible that fewer than 200 million Americans own those 260 million guns. That means there may be more than 100 million citizens left unprotected against their gun-owning fellow citizens.

Surely everyone can agree that this is an outrage. Moreover, it is an outrage that Congress can easily fix, without months of committee meetings, town halls or tea parties. All that is required is a bipartisan, pro-constitutional bill to extend the Second Amendment’s protection of gun ownership to all Americans, whether they like it or not.

Under such legislation — let’s call it the Gun Insurance Act of 2009 — every American would be required to buy some kind of gun. Those who cannot afford even the simplest weapon — say, those whose 2009 annual income is less than twice the federal poverty level — could be issued $500 vouchers that would be valid only at gun shops or gun shows, and would have to be used before the 2010 Census.

You non-gun-owning people aren’t doing your part so the Feds should make you.

8 Responses to “A modest proposal”

  1. Cargosquid Says:

    And socialize lawyers. The high price of lawyers is damaging poor Americans. Use Medicare as the template.

  2. Joe Huffman Says:

    That’s too extreme. All I really want is the middle ground.

  3. JKB Says:

    Nice and anyone who wants to opt out can become a felon or reveal their mental defect.

  4. Oscar Says:

    Sounds like a good bill to me.

    Anyone who refuses to purchase or obtain a gun will be charged with a federal felony punishable by a fine up to $250,000 and/or 5 years in prison.

    Oh, the howls we would hear then….

  5. Huck Says:

    Would we get a tax break for every gun we own? 🙂

  6. Ride Fast Says:

    Huck – Every gun owner would be sent a $500 check for each gun they own and own no federal taxes until 2011.

  7. Phenicks Says:

    $500? What are you liking the other bailouts? How about just $200 for a shotty or Highpoint (ugly but get the job done).

  8. Gun Shy Tourist Says:

    Such a great idea that I had to link to it:

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