So I have a little story to tell. It's a fictional story, but well, you never know how fictional.
A woman, let's call her Suzy, just bought her first home. Suzy's a single mom and the house she and her daughter will now call home is farm house just outside the city limits of your typical American small town. Suzy's excited about having a home and a yard where her daughter can play, but she's concerned about the safety of her family. She knows that living in rural America, if she calls 911, it'll be 10-15 minutes before anyone would actually arrive at her house. Suzy doesn't own a gun, but has been around them all her life and knows well how to be a responsible gun owner. Suzy decides to buy a gun.
But wait... in the town where Suzy lives, there are no gun shops. Due to laws recently passed, the nearest gun shop is a two hour drive from her home. So Suzy waits for her next day off from her job as a waitress in the town's diner, arranges to have a neighbor watch her daughter, and drives the two hours to the nearest gun shop to buy a gun.
When Suzy gets to the gun shop, she has already done her research and generally knows which gun she wants to buy. She talks to the owner and gets some additional information about her potential purchase. She picks out a gun and prepares to make her purchase.
"There's a three day waiting period to buy a gun, ma'am. Need to do a background check. So you need to fill out this form and come back in three days," the shop owner informs her.
"Couldn't I have filled this out at home," Suzy asks?
"Nope," responds the gun shop owner. "Needs to be filled out in person so I can check your ID."
"But I had to drive two hours to get here. I'll have to take another day off of work to come back."
"Sorry ma'am. There's nothing I can do about it. And I hate to be the one to tell you, but you have to attend a gun safety class, too."
"Yes, ma'am. After you fill out this form, you also need to attend a gun safety class before I can sell you a gun."
"But I've been handling guns my whole life." Suzy is getting frustrated. "Who offers the classes? And how long are they?"
"There's a place just down the street that offers the classes. Class is only a few hours long."
"Down the street? But I told you I live two hours away. I have to come back and take the class and then come back again to buy the gun? This is ridiculous."
"I know ma'am. We're not a fan of the law either."
"Well, ok. I'll fill out the form, but it might be a couple months before I can get back twice for both the class and again to buy the gun."
"Um, I'm afraid that won't do. After you fill out the form, you need to buy the gun within 10 weeks or the process expires and you have to start all over again."
"What! That's crazy! I work two jobs, I had to find someone to watch my daughter, and I had to drive two hours to get here. Now you're telling me I need to do that two more times in the next 10 weeks as well as attend a class that will tell me a bunch of information I already know just to buy a gun! This is ridiculous! It's like they're trying to make it impossible to buy a gun legally."
"Yes, ma'am. I agree. It really is ridiculous."
Suzy filled out the form, left the store, and began her two hour drive back home.
Now I don't know how you feel about gun rights in America, but regardless of your position on the subject, owning a gun is legal in this country. So any laws we enact should be aimed at making it safer for gun owners and non-gun owners, should help us ensure that criminals don't buy guns, and should prevent people from becoming victims of gun violence. Laws should not be put into place where the sole intention is to make it harder for people to do what is 100% legal in this country: buy or own a gun.
But wait, there's more...
100% of what I just said absolutely, positively applies to the rights of women in this country to get an abortion. No matter your personal opinion about the morality of a woman's choice to have an abortion, it is 100% legal in this country. So no woman should have to drive two hours to see a doctor, only to be told that they have to come back three days later. No woman should be told that in those three days, they have to go see another group who will council them against the decision that they are making. No woman should have to jump through hoops designed, not to provide them with more information or better healthcare, but only designed to make it harder for them to choose to have a medical procedure that is 100% legal in this country.
So South Dakota, let me suggest that you put into place the same laws for your gun owners as you do for women in your state. My guess is that voters in South Dakota would never stand for such blatant disregard for their rights as Americans.