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Defense – A personal obligation for everyone?

Came across this little gem yesterday that came from an unknown source AND ITS A HOAX…

“Vermont State Rep.  Fred Maslack has read the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as Vermont’s own Constitution very carefully, and his strict interpretation of these documents is popping some eyeballs in New England and elsewhere.   Maslack recently proposed a bill to register “non-gun-owners” and require them to pay a $500 fee to the state.  Thus Vermont would become the first state to require a permit for the luxury of going about unarmed and assess a fee of $500 for the privilege of not owning a gun.  Maslack read the “militia” phrase of the Second Amendment as not only the right of the individual citizen to bear arms, but as ‘a clear mandate to do so’ …

NOW, just because this is untrue, and Mr. M. is not a current member of the Vermont Legislature… HMMMMMMM.  Got me to thinking.

Is it wrong to expect citizens, in a land of citizen soldiers, an all-volunteer armed forces, to be prepared to defend the state?  And, shouldn’t I be prepared to defend myself… since I am FIRST on scene?  I really appreciate my police officers, but as fast as they are, seconds count.

Whose duty is it to defend our neighborhood, our city, our state, our country when all heck breaks loose?  Somebody else?  Or can and should we depend on each other?  The government tries its best, but take another look at the response to Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy…

What do you think?

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