House Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.) has introduced a bill that would require gun owners to carry liability insurance.
The Firearm Risk Protection Act, unveiled Friday, would require gun buyers to have liability insurance coverage before being allowed to purchase a weapon, and would impose a fine of $10,000 if an owner is found not to have it. Service members and law enforcement officers, however, would be exempt from the requirement.
“We require insurance to own a car, but no such requirement exists for guns,” Maloney said in a statement. “The results are clear: car fatalities have declined by 25 percent in the last decade, but gun fatalities continue to rise.”
Guns are not analogous to motor vehicles. While the total number of deaths from guns and motor vehicles are about the same, their causes are totally different. Motor vehicle deaths are virtually all accidental, from from CDC :
Motor vehicle traffic deaths
- Number of deaths: 33,804
- Deaths per 100,000 population: 10.7
Whereas only three percent of guns deaths are accidental, from About :
There are roughly 32,000 gun deaths per year in the United States. Of those, around 60% are suicides. About 3% are accidental deaths (between 700-800 deaths). About 34% of deaths (just over 11,000 in both 2010 and 2011) make up the remainder of gun deaths and are classified as homicides. Sometimes the 32,000 and 11,000 figures are used interchangeably by gun control advocates. Clearly, the 32,000 figure is a far more dramatic number and it is often used for impact by anti-gun activists.
I dare to say that gun liability insurance will nary prevent a single suicide, nor a homicide with an illeal gun. Ms Maloney quit your war on our constitutional right to keep and bear arms, to cover up for the failure of the liberal social agenda.