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Bryan Preston

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February 6, 2013 - 7:13 am

Having gotten away with forcing Americans to purchase insurance as the price of breathing, the Democratic Party is trying to force Californians to purchase insurance as the price of exercising their Second Amendment right of self-defense.

Democratic lawmakers proposed legislation Tuesday that would require California gun owners to buy liability insurance to cover damages or injuries caused by their weapons.

Similar bills have been introduced in other states after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. They include Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York.

“I was moved, like many others, being the father of two young children, by the Sandy Hook incident and looking for constructive ways to manage gun violence here in California as well as the rest of the country,” said Assemblyman Philip Ting of San Francisco, who introduced AB231 along with Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles. “There’s basically a cost that is born by the taxpayers when accidents occur. … I don’t think that taxpayers should be footing those bills.”

We’re all already paying that cost in the taxes we pay to keep law enforcement, hospitals etc going.

Other states have tried similar laws before, but none have succeeded. But that was before the current gun hysteria — in which another 10-year-old has been snared, by the way — and before the coward John Roberts decided that we all could be forced by our benevolent masters to buy a product as the price of living. So it’s a hysterical, far from brave new world now, and some people are going nuts and others stand ready to take advantage of them.

This policy would hurt the poor, mostly, who live in rough neighborhoods and need a firearm to defend themselves and their families. They would face a choice between putting food on the table or maintaining their self-defense, or going rogue. Women who need a firearm to secure themselves from stalkers and the like would now face what amounts to a tax on their predicament.

But when it comes to attacking the Second Amendment, all is fair game to many Democrats. Pricing people out of gun ownership, followed by confiscation, is the ultimate goal.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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