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Howard Nemerov


February 1, 2011 - 7:31 am

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.

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.
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