- Posted December 28, 2012 by
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Gun Liability Insurance - A Plausible Idea?
Ran across an interesting idea being promoted by a couple of web bloggers yesterday. The idea is in reaction to the series of mass shootings over the last year, including the recent Newtown massacre of innocents.
What the bloggers, Jean Ann Esselink and Allie McNeil, propose is mandatory gun liability insurance for all gun owners. This would be similar to requiring all automobile owners to maintain vehicle liability insurance. Under the proposal each gun owner must purchase liability insurance for each gun owned. This would then provide a fund for gun victims as well as a way to more likely ensure only those who should have guns have guns. It would also result in a database of gun registration and serial numbers along with the names and addresses of gun owners across the country kept by insurance companies, not the government.
The hope is that by requiring gun owners to have insurance it would also make them more responsible gun owners. They would be more likely to keep the guns safe and secure from little hands and from inquisitive snoopers. Gun owners may be less likely to keep a loaded gun in a nightstand next to the bed which a child may accidentally find. Perhaps a gun owner would make sure their firearms are under lock and key and less accessible to burglars as well.
Not really sure if this is a plausible idea, but it is worth exploring.
For more information you can read the article by Esselink at The New Civil Rights Movement website.
From the Cornfield, to me this seems like a rational discussion to have and an idea that needs to be given due consideration.