Democrats Want Mandatory Insurance Policies For Guns


The strategy of the anti-gun crowd isn’t an outright ban on guns. They’d pass one if they could, but they know that’s an impossibility politically. So what they’re aimed at instead is policies making gun purchases, gun ownership and gun use more difficult and expensive.

Case in point, mandatory insurance policies for gun owners:

If you can’t force people to do what you want, force them to buy insurance: That seems to be the strategy of the liberal left in the Obama era. We refer not only to the ObamaCare health-insurance mandate but to the latest bright idea under consideration in mostly Democrat-dominated state capitals.

“Democratic lawmakers proposed legislation Tuesday that would require California gun owners to buy liability insurance to cover damages or injuries caused by their weapons,” reports. The idea isn’t brand new: “Bills have been offered unsuccessfully in Massachusetts and New York since at least 2003,” according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

But the idea has drawn added attention amid the inevitable delirium following a horrific crime involving firearms: “Similar bills have been introduced in other states after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. They include Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York.

Mandatory insurance would make owning a gun more expensive which, in turn, would mean that fewer people would own guns. Fewer people owning guns means more generations of Americans growing up without a heritage of gun ownership. Which, in turn, means more future voters clueless about the necessity and importance of guns to our society.

Which, of course, is exactly what the gun grabbers want.

Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and the host of the Rob (Re)Port on Fargo-based WDAY AM970 from 1-2pm weekdays.

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