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Vermont bill - unarmed skackers should pay for their defense :)

Vermont 's $500 Unarmed Permit

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 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 ...  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. Sounds reasonable to me!
Non-gun owners require more police to protect them and this fee should go to
paying for their defense!

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It's good to see so many pro

It's good to see so many pro gun initiaives poping up around the country. South Dakota I think, Wyoming, Arizona,Utah and in the last couple of days Colorado has a proposal for no longer needing a permit for concealed carry.

Many or most of these will not pass but it is definately a start in the right direction.

I had thought according to some statistics I read somewhere recently that Utah had the least restrictive gun laws.

Call your representatives and help all you can.

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I can see sence in this. I

I can see sence in this. I think people have the right to decide for them selfs to own a gun or not but if they choose not to that they have to register and pay a permit fee, In fact I really like this idea. I remember a while back there was a bill in Oregon that would make gun owners pay a tax on there fire arms on a yearly basis. Of course it didnt pass because outside of portland there are a lot of gun owners. One thing I hate about my state is there is always a tree hugging hippie group tryingto change the state to how they want it to be. Heres an idea. How bout you bastartds live your life the way you want and let everyone else live theres the way they want. Quit trying to change people.

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We need

We need more state Reps like this guy!!  Thumbs up

Interesting thing about Vermont and it's gun laws is that Vermont isn't known as a gun violent state.  Yet no permits are required for lawful conceal carry.  Just more proof that guns don't cause crime, the criminal mind does.  Arms are the great equalizer.  Even the Roman Empire understood this concept, their motto was "Si vis pacem, para bellum" (translation - if you wish for peace, prepare for war).  In modern understanding - An armed society is far less likely to become victims of crime.

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Your right, we do!!

Ask this guy if he'd like the weather here in sunny California and see if he has a sister!!!!

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