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June 23, 2019

Moving The Overton Window In The Other Direction: Mandating Firearms Ownership

It's a cute but ultimately dumb idea, mostly because mandating anything is anathema to a free society. The article is actually well reasoned (aside from a factual error), and while it will never happen it is worth thinking about.

Must Pack Heat: The Case for Mandating Gun Ownership

Obamacare is the perfect model for Republicans to follow to settle the gun issue once and for all. Using the same legal reasoning as the Affordable Care Act, pro-gun legislators can win this war by pushing for an individual gun ownership mandate. Such a mandate can be from the top-down, a Federal mandate. Or, like Romneycare, it can be instituted on the state level first—West Virginia, here’s looking at you. We’ve seen this happen recently with this very issue. At first, concealed carry laws were only allowed in certain states. Now, all fifty states allow for such licenses. A gun-ownership mandate could play out the same way.
See the error? Concealed carry is technically legal, but in reality impossible in New Jersey. And there are a few other states that make it extraordinarily difficult. This may seem to be a trivial quibble, but a lot of people in America live in places that have thoroughly demonized guns.

But just the conversation shifts the Overton Window just a bit, and I am all for that, especially in an era of rabid hoplophobia, and when the authoritarian Left is gleefully attacking our basic freedoms.

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