Car owners must carry liability insurance. Why not require gun owners to do that?

Conservatives and many other people trust the “free market” to guide people’s behavior in the right direction.

Laws require car owners to carry liability insurance, because if they handle their car badly or an “accident” occurs some person or property is likely to hurt.  Liability insurance pays for that.  People with bad driving records (many violations, DWIs or accidents) must pay more, according to our “free market” insurance companies, which charge bad drivers more money for their car insurance.

Why not require gun owners to do what car owners must do?  Then the “free market” insurance companies would charge higher rates to people who have especially dangerous kinds of guns (assault rifles, etc.) and people who fail to lock up their guns and people who have restraining orders against them and so forth.  The “free market” insurance companies could do that by considering prudent risks, without the government offending people who are sensitive about their “Second Amendment rights.”

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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093