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We’re Not Banning It, We’re Insuring It


Much as the enemies of liberty have noticed that turning businesses into clients of the state is more effective than nationalizing them, they’ve realized too that banning things raises hackles in a way that putting tall hurdles in the way of their ownership does not. Per James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal:

If you can’t force people to do what you want, force them to buy insurance: That seems to be the strategy of the liberal left in the Obama era. We refer not only to the ObamaCare health-insurance mandate but to the latest bright idea under consideration in mostly Democrat-dominated state capitals.

“Democratic lawmakers proposed legislation Tuesday that would require California gun owners to buy liability insurance to cover damages or injuries caused by their weapons,” reports. The idea isn’t brand new: “Bills have been offered unsuccessfully in Massachusetts and New York since at least 2003,” according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Taranto happily destroys the case here.


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