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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gun fine wouldn’t deter criminals

- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 4, 2013

While there is nothing funny about recent tragedies involving guns and the mentally deranged, the latest Democratic effort at gun control is laughable ("Democrats push for $10K fine for gun owners without liability insurance," Web, Tuesday).

Complete with a picture of an arrogant-looking big-city Democrat, this plan reminds many not only of why they joined the National Rifle Association in the first place, but also of the clear, present and continuing danger posed by Democrats to the ability of honest, sane and law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights.This is so, as many know that the government can rig an insurance market and thus, inflate its cost with regulations that create monopolies and their cousin, oligopolies, a la Obamacare.

This plan could end up pricing many lawful gun owners out of the market while not deterring illegals — and it has no chance of passing a Republican House and a Senate with 40-plus filibustering Republicans. The only effect of its introduction will be to further tarnish the Democratic Party's name in large parts of America.

For a party that historically has been eager to ban guns, Democrats sure do manage to shoot themselves in the foot a great deal.

D.A. SAMS

West Jefferson, Ohio

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