Everyone who knows me knows how much I despise banning certain guns for law abiding Americans. But, what if a politician mandated that you must own an AR-15? Hmmmmm, I would say I oppose this too. Why you ask? Because liberty!
- Mandating folks to own something – a weapon, a watch, a health insurance policy, anything – is as antithetical to liberty as forbidding them from owning that same thing. What is not banned is not mandatory. What is not mandatory is not banned. That’s not how a free society works.
- You don’t have to be Milton Friedman to figure out what a subsidy of 75% of the rifle’s price would do. Prices of AR-15s would skyrocket, fast.
- Why only an AR-15? What if I wanted to defend home and hearth with a Winchester 94 in .30-30, one that I’ve owned for decades and with which I am an absolutely deadly shot?