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Bridget Johnson


April 3, 2013 - 1:26 pm

A staunch advocate of gun control in the House said she has received death threats over her latest bill, the Firearm Risk Protection Act of 2013.

“Yesterday, several death threats were phoned into my New York office in response to news reports about a bill I authored requiring gun owners to have insurance,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.). “The calls were fielded by young interns, who were understandably shaken by this experience.”

Maloney’s bill, introduced March 21, would “prohibit the sale of a firearm to, and the purchase of a firearm by, a person who is not covered by appropriate liability insurance coverage.”

It is co-sponsored by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Mike Capuano (D-Mass.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), Jim Moran (D-Va.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), and Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.).

“Law enforcement has been notified and they are investigating the calls, and so no further comment from me on the details of the calls would be appropriate at this time,” Maloney said, though she told the New York Daily News that her office received three threatening calls.

“I am proud of my work to help curb gun violence. I strongly support the comprehensive package of gun reforms proposed by the Obama Administration and I have authored two common sense pieces of legislation aimed at keeping our communities safer. One bill would put some teeth in the law against gun trafficking and straw purchases. Another would require that gun owners carry liability insurance, just like car owners, to give innocent victims of gun violence some recourse if they are injured. 100,000 Americans are injured by guns every year. Carrying insurance is the responsible thing to do,” the congresswoman continued in her statement.

“Given all the acts of gun violence we have seen in the past two years, the shootings in Aurora and Newtown, the attack on my friend and colleague Gabby Gifford [sic], I take the threat of more gun violence very seriously. But it is not something that I will allow to stop me from doing my work.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"Another would require that gun owners carry liability insurance, just like car owners, to give innocent victims of gun violence some recourse if they are injured."
Um...I hope Rep Maloney is aware of the fact that driving an automobile is a privilege in the United States. That's why the state can require a license and insurance to be possessed. While the right to own a firearm for self defense is a RIGHT. Rights cannot be licensed, rights cannot be taxed, rights cannot be comprimised. Requiring insurance for a god given right is immoral, unconstitutional, and would make me seriously question the mental status of whoever thought up that idea.
One more little tidbit, the vast majority of people using firearms to commit crimes are.....CRIMINALS. Guess who doesn't carry insurance on their cars? Guess who carries guns illegally? Guess who commits crimes as a means of survival? Here's a hint. It ain't the guy working 2 jobs to feed his kids, deal with healthcare premiums that have tripled in cost, lost his house and now pays rent for an apartment in a bad neighborhood all the while his pay check has gotten smaller. No, he's going to try and pay the insurance for the gun he needs to keep his family safe.
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Sure. Where are the recordings of these calls? You have them? OK, not prove they aren't your own constituents making false flag calls. Can't? Didn't think so. On the other hand, how many Conservatives regularly get threats from liberals, not just threats even but actual vandalism and other direct actions?
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The only evidence for these threats seems to be her word of honor. I.e., there is absolutely no evidence whatever.
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