Five South Dakota legislators introduced a bill requiring adults to own a firearm “sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.”
Many readers didn’t understand that this was tongue-in-cheek. One bill sponsor expects the bill to fail, but he introduced it to make a point about ObamaCare.
“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.”
Reading the article comments, it appears they made another point: Those who think it’s okay to mandate buying health insurance will hyperventilate over mandating gun ownership.
It’s also clear that many readers couldn’t comprehend the article, which was only 191 words long. This makes another, even sadder point: We’re losing the ability for civil discourse partly because so many people can’t read. The way public education is going, don’t look for this to change anytime soon.