Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has introduced a bill requiring gun owners to purchase liability insurance or face a $10,000 fine. She said this.

“For too long, gun victims and society at large have borne the brunt of the costs of gun violence. My bill would change that by shifting some of that cost back onto those who own the weapons.”

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At face value, the premise is ridiculous as she is essentially saying that a lawful gun owner possibly thousands of miles away must shoulder the burden of paying for gun violence in hotbeds like Chicago. Ahhh, the good old democrat battle cry of shared sacrifice.

Of course, Maloney will employ the standard leftist defense of the auto insurance analogy in mitigating risk by spreading the cost. The Constitution doesn’t guarantee you an automobile but it does guarantee you a right to defend yourself.

Regardless, her defense brings to light the real reason for her introducing this bill. The insurance lobby. Follow the money.

FIRE stands for the finance, insurance and real estate lobby. This political action committee (PAC) spends money heavily on freshman members of Congress, particularly those with coveted committee slots, to help get them elected and thus beholden to the insurance and regulatory industries.

Care to guess who is a ranking member of the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee? Correct, that would be Carolyn Maloney.

Care to guess who received over $815,000 dollars from the FIRE PAC during her election campaign? Correct again, it’s Maloney.

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Nothing new here at all. Maloney is merely repaying her backers that got her elected. Sorry kids in Newtown. For a minute it may have appeared that you had a member of Congress with your best interests at heart. Instead, she’s just another hack politician indulging in some crony-capitalism.