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  •  To me (3+ / 0-)
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    clinical12, DaleNC, Lestatdelc

    Make gun owners have mandatory insurance.

    Rates will go up if children in the house
    Rates will go up for each additional weapon in the house
    Rates will go up if having high number capacity guns
    and if they lose a gun -- triple the rate

    etc etc etc

    Hit them where it
    ll hurt -- in their wallets.

    Society ends up paying for all the murders their guns inflict on other people --

    if they are that mad about their 2nd amendment rights -- make them pay for the damage their guns cause.

    "Proud to proclaim: I am a Bleeding Heart Liberal"

    by sara seattle on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 10:38:37 PM PST

    •  I agree about insurance (2+ / 0-)
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      debedb, DaleNC

      I totally agree with your idea about insurance.
      In general, insurance is required for automobile owners, so you can apply the same idea to firearms.

      If you could require the gun industry to subsidize a portion of the insurance, then they would have a stake in trying to keep the insurance premiums lower, so it does not decrease their profits.

    •  I Think We Should Tax Children (4+ / 0-)

      Want to have 5 kids? Then pay 5 times the taxes of a single person, because you are consuming that much more of the community's resources.  

      There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

      by bernardpliers on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:04:24 AM PST

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      •  but but but (0+ / 0-)

        taxing things we want to have less of, like sugary drinks, usually elicits screams of regressive taxation.

        somewhere in this collective consciousness of the left (and right but that's hopeless) there's a cognitive dissonance I wish would happen but it never does.

      •  You are comparing apples to oranges (0+ / 0-)

        As far as I know children cost as much to raise in the U.S. as other developed countries. And parents tend to pay for these expenses. So there is no role for a tax.

        Meanwhile the U.S firearm death rate is
        10.2/100,000/year

        while in Canada it is
        2.13/100,000/yr

        Wikipedia gun death rate

        So tax the firearms until the death rate goes down to Canada's rate and then get rid of the tax

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