I guess this on topic since LLM didn’t scold John about it.
If a car had not been present, there wouldn’t be 27 dead people. Indeed, cars kill people.
That’s an appropriate and accurate analogy. We have to buy liability insurance for cars even when we’ve never had an accident or harmed anyone. It ain’t exactly cheap, either. Since gun fatalities (both accidental and intentional) are almost as high every year as motor vehicle fatalities, we ought to require liability insurance on *each* gun just like we do *each* car. Some cars never leave the garage and you can get a break on your licensing if you plan ahead and tell DMV you’re not going to drive the car. How do you do something similar with a gun you bought when so many people say they have the gun for “self protection”. You really can’t say it’s for your self protection, then say you don’t intend to use it for a period of time. If it’s for self-protection, it’s always in use, even if it’s just sitting in your safe awaiting a self-protection event. In that case, you should have to pay liability insurance.
Case example: Yesterday I read a news report about a man who let his 3 dogs out at night. The dogs began to bark and annoy his next door neighbor. The neighbor came over and yelled at the dogs across the fence to shut up and he then kicked the fence. The dog owner emerged with his gun in hand telling the neighbor he couldn’t tell his dogs to shut up and he fired his gun at the neighbor, hitting him in the head, and continued to fire as the neighbor ran away. Fortunately, no one was killed. But the neighbor had a bullet hole that went into one side of his mouth and emerged from the other side. Any liability there? The dog owner ONLY had his gun for his self-protection, which turned out to simply be his excuse for getting a gun. His demonstrated reason for owning a gun was to threaten or intimidate anyone he had a disagreement with. How do you control for that motivation when someone can simply say they want a gun to protect themselves with? Well, you can at least use liability insurance to make that kind of person weigh whether they must have a gun or, say, pay their rent or feed their family or pay them mortgage payment, buy your kid’s cub scout uniform, pay for a college expense, pay for cable television, pay utilities or any of a thousand financial priorities that most people would consider more important than having to pay an insurance premium on something that sits in a safe day-in and day-out.