Of all the Democrats in the US House of Representatives, it’s probably safe to say that Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is the most anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment of them all. Among her previously introduced bills is the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act. This bill would require anyone that is selling or transferring ownership of a firearm at a gun show to report it to the Attorney General’s office and make it subject to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Now Maloney is off on another anti-gun crusade by introducing a bill that would require all gun owners to carry liability insurance. She explains her reason, saying:
“We require insurance to own a car, but no such requirement exists for guns. The results are clear: car fatalities have declined by 25 percent in the last decade, but gun fatalities continue to rise.”
“An insurance requirement would allow the free market to encourage cautious behavior and help save lives. Adequate liability coverage would also ensure that the victims of gun violence are fairly compensated when crimes or accidents occur.”
Like many liberals, Maloney has twisted the data to support her anti-American agenda. Her comparison to the reduction in auto fatalities is completely bogus. The main reason auto fatalities are down from some previous records is directly due to improvements in safety features built into many of today’s vehicles. If you look at the total number of vehicular accidents, you will find that the numbers are higher than previously.
There is also a huge difference in owning a vehicle and owning a firearm. Many of us use our vehicles on a daily basis to get to and from work, school and shop. The vast majority of gun owners are not using their firearms on a daily basis. Many sportsmen only use their guns during hunting season or to target shoot. The number of citizens with conceal carry licenses represents a minority of gun owners.
Maloney using this absurd comparison is just another ploy made to force many gun owners to give up their guns due to the high cost of liability insurance. She is also hoping that this would help force the registration of many guns so the government knows who has what.
However, most of the gun owners I know would not comply and never let Maloney and the government know what guns they own or where they store them. Fortunately, there are enough conservatives in the House that still support the Second Amendment rights of Americans to own firearms without government intrusion. Both of her bills are destined for the congressional scrap pile, which is where they belong.