San Jose Mayor Is Asking Residents To Buy Gun Insurance Voluntarily

This is as Sam Liccardo is attempting to make it law

Commentary: I’m asking San Jose residents to insure their guns

Mayors who experience such suffering in their communities after senseless gun violence do not have the luxury of waiting for Congress to act, as lawmakers offer their “thoughts and prayers.” Cities demand problem-solving over posturing. So this month, I proposed an oft-considered but as-yet-never-implemented idea: require every gun owner in the 10th-largest city in the United States to buy liability insurance.

Every U.S. state mandates that automobile drivers buy liability insurance; we should require no less of gun owners. Cars and guns have exacted a similarly grim human toll, each causing about 40,000 deaths in 2017. If San Jose’s gun owners can’t get liability insurance, they can comply with the mandate by paying a fee to compensate taxpayers for the “gun violence subsidy” borne by the public.

That is, for decades, taxpayers have subsidized gun ownership and the harms that accompany it. Direct costs of gun violence to California taxpayers—for ambulances, cops and emergency rooms—exceeded $1.4 billion last year, according to a study from gun-control advocacy group Giffords. While the Second Amendment protects a right to bear arms, it does not require taxpayers to subsidize the exercise of that right. Courts routinely uphold the imposition of reasonable, nonobstructive fees or taxes on constitutionally protected activities, such as forming a tax-exempt nonprofit, selling a newspaper and purchasing a gun.

Insurance can provide a useful mechanism for harm reduction. Risk-adjusted premiums provide financial incentives that reward good driving and installing air bags, and discourage parents from handing the keys to their risk-taking teenagers. Similarly, insurers could use premium discounts to prod law-abiding gun owners to take gun-safety courses, purchase gun safes and install child-safety locks—a welcome improvement for a nation where more than 4.6 million children live in a household where a gun is kept loaded and unlocked. Insurers would also hike the premium on a 19-year-old looking to buy his first semiautomatic weapon, someone such as the Gilroy shooter.

Except, they all know that the cost of insurance would be so high as to make it unaffordable, which would mean a citizen could not exercise their 2nd Amendment Right, and you could bet that the “fee” would also be too high. Heck, some even say the insurance would be racist, and make a good argument for this.

Essentially, this is, at the top, requiring citizens to pay to use their Constitutional Right. Do you need insurance to speak and practice your religion? To petition for redress of grievance? What it really is is an attempt at a stealth ban, because too many would not be able to afford to have a firearm.

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5 Responses to “San Jose Mayor Is Asking Residents To Buy Gun Insurance Voluntarily”

  1. Professor Hale says:

    You cannot get any insurance to compensate victims of your intentional illegal acts. Insurance is to mitigate risk. Your intentional illegal acts are a certainty. It’s like getting fire insurance and then intentionally burning your house down and expecting a payout. Insurance doesn’t work that way.

    • formwiz says:

      If you recall, Zippy had that problem.

      That wheeze about Lefties being bad at math is apparently true.

  2. Mad Celt says:

    Their communities? Who died and made them God? They are elected representatives, citizens who handle the communities business affairs at the pleasure of the other citizens. Not only has government officials forgotten that but so has the people who voted them in!

  3. Bill589 says:

    Where there is a ton of gun control, 28 people were killed in an arson attack.
    Clearly, we must ban matches.

  4. Doom and Gloom says:

    Excellent Idea! Perhaps they can offer Illegal Immigrant insurance too! And about as many Criminals who own guns will buy insurance in equal numbers as Illegal immigrants will buy their own insurance.

    Then lets require Antifa to Buy Antifa insurance and how about Snowflake insurance and then you guessed it GLOBAL WARMING INSURANCE because we all know a TAX FIXES EVERYTHING!!!!

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