[The new] Republican House should pass a law requiring the entire populace to purchase a gun. "But Mr. Limbaugh, guns kill." Yeah? So do diseases...The fact that disease kill more people than guns do, did not stop the fact that congress passed the "must purchase" mandate. I wonder if this will cause an increase in malpractice considering we have all seen the email that doctors are more likely to commit malpractice than a gun is to kill someone? Yet, that was the "death sentence" handed out.
While I realize that some district courts have ruled for Obamacare, and others against it, I am not certain that the current SCOTUS will over turn this law. Please take the proceeding sentence at full face value, and then consider how absurd the quote from Limbaugh is, to out and out require an individual to purchase and own a firearm based on federal (key word) law. Now, Rush isn't advocating for a passage of such a law and did not debate the merits or negatives behind it, but merely used this as a metaphorical example of how slippery and steep the Commerce Clause has become with regards to regulation.
Yes, we have all heard the auto insurance arguments, but to my knowledge, this is by and far the first federal law requiring an individual to purchase any item or service. Therefore, it stands to reason, as us libertarians and fiscal conservatives have said, where will it stop? While the suggestion to pass laws mandating "conservative" ideals are noble in philosophy, they to are infringements upon the free man, and should never be considered in the context of constitutional government. Just because the precedent has been set, does not mean that it should be followed, contrary to SCOTUS dicta or political leadership.