Rep. Hal Wick, R-Sioux Falls, is sponsoring the bill and knows it will be killed. But he said he is introducing it to prove a point that the federal health care reform mandate passed last year is unconstitutional.
“Do I or the other cosponsors believe that the State of South Dakota can require citizens to buy firearms? Of course not. But at the same time, we do not believe the federal government can order every citizen to buy health insurance,” he said.
Because if you're a winger, the state of South Dakota requiring you to buy a gun for defense is the same thing as the federal government requiring you to purchase health insurance. It's not...but these are wingers. They know it's unconstitutional, but they can't discern the difference between firearms and health insurance and are purposely not doing so.
Only one problem...like Steve M. here I'm betting a large number of Tea Party folks think passing this bill and the notion that it's unconstitutional and will be ruled as such is a travesty and a stupid idea. I'm betting a whole lot of folks on the right think the federal government should require all Americans who are legally allowed to own a firearm to have one.
It's bad enough this is coming on the heels of Tuscon. But this entire thing is going to backfire on the wingers.