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Got this by e-mail...what do you think?

Sensible Gun Registration Plan That Will Work

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.

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Sounds good on the surface but frankly I don't trust about 80% of the people on the road who have cars and drivers licences and I remember all too well the pack of morons who showed up on the rifle range 2 weeks before deer season every year when I was a benchrester with Old Betsy under one arm and a six-pack under the other. I think there may be a better way to achieve the same ends.

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Just an educated guess but Maslack is more than likely posturing for re-election. And Fred, you are so right about that huge portion of the population that should not be on the road unless they were seatbelted into the rear seats of a short school bus.
Morons trying to drive a 5000 pound weapon...

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Well the Antis won't have a legal footing to fight against it. :D

As long as they give us the $500 to buy more guns and ammo to defend the brainless I'm happy with it! :D
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