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We typically frown upon symbolic legislation (it’s just another form of government waste if you ask us), but a group of lawmakers in South Dakota are using a symbolic bill to make a damn good point.

According to the The Argus (S.D.) Leader, five state lawmakers are sponsoring legislation that would mandate gun ownership for all citizens 21 years of age or older “to provide for their ordinary self-defense.”

Yup, you read that right … mandatory gun ownership.

Not surprisingly, the bill is a rather clever protest of the individual mandate included in U.S. President Barack Obama’s socialized medicine law – which was struck down in its entirety earlier this week by a federal judge in Florida.

“Do I or the other cosponsors believe that the State of South Dakota can require citizens to buy firearms?” lead sponsor Hal Wick said of the bill. “Of course not. But at the same time, we do not believe the federal government can order every citizen to buy health insurance.”