Mandating Gun Ownership A Second Look

Posted: March 14, 2013 in Uncategorized
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The article from yesterday about a city making looking to make it mandatory to own a firearms led to a lot of discussion and comments. I made the opinion that the idea opens a slippery slope of future government requirements that could have no bounds. I, in good conscience, cannot support a mandate like requiring the purchasing of firearms and oppose government healthcare. So I decided to look further into it and came up with a surprising fact that it would in fact not be unconstitutional to require citizens to own firearms.

We need to look at The Militia Act of 1792

That every citizen, so enrolled and notified, shall, within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch, and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder; and shall appear so armed, accoutred and provided, when called out to exercise or into service, except, that when called out on company days to exercise only, he may appear without a knapsack. That the commissioned Officers shall severally be armed with a sword or hanger, and espontoon; and that from and after five years from the passing of this Act, all muskets from arming the militia as is herein required, shall be of bores sufficient for balls of the eighteenth part of a pound; and every citizen so enrolled, and providing himself with the arms, ammunition and accoutrements, required as aforesaid, shall hold the same exempted from all suits, distresses, executions or sales, for debt or for the payment of taxes.

To put it in modern terms if you were 18-45 years old you had to own a rifle, bullets, powder, belt, knapsack, and a bayonet. Essentially this law requires the common man to own the same items issued to a solider.

Now, do I walk back my opinion on the government requiring ownership of specific property in today’s modern age? No. Would I be super pissed if my city, county, or state passes a law requiring such? Again, no. I would welcome the likely hood of crime rates dropping like when we look at Kennesaw, Georgia. In 1982 Kennesaw passed a law requiring every head of household to own a firearm. Here you can see their crime stats.

I still have a problem having the government requiring me to do something. I blame it on my desire to have as little government in my life as possible.

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