Joe Doakes, of Como Park, emails:
Gun control proposals never die, they just rest a while. Mandatory insurance has staggered back to life.
The notion is that guns cause injuries which require medical attention which the public must pay for; therefore, gun owners should have insurance policies to pay the cost of treating those injuries. It’s like car insurance, see?
Of course, unlike car insurance, the real hope is that such insurance would be so expensive, nobody would buy guns and if nobody has a gun, gun violence ends.
First, unlike driving, gun ownership is a Fundamental Right protected by the Constitution. We don’t require journalists to buy insurance in case an inaccurate, misleading article ruins someone’s life. On the contrary, under the New York Times v. Sullivan standard, the more likely the harm, the harder we make it for victims to recover. Remedies for problems caused by privileges don’t apply to problems caused by rights.
Second, I am forced to buy uninsured motorist coverage to subsidize law-breakers who drive without insurance. I am forced to buy Obama-care compliant health insurance to subsidize scoff-laws who lack health insurance. Neither of those schemes eliminated the uninsured, they simply shifted the cost to me. Similarly, forcing gun purchasers to subsidize criminals using guns to commit violence won’t eliminate gun violence.
It’s wrong and it won’t work. So naturally, Democrats are all over it.
Voluntary gun insurance, driven by the free market, makes sense.
Mandatory gun insirance is nothing but back door gun control.
The left must be counting on the idea that Second Amendment advocates turn over every couple of years, so all of these ideas sound new.