“Spotlight on Legislation I am sponsoring new legislation to require owners of firearms to obtain at least $250,000 liability insurance, re-emphasizing the need for new strategies to address lax gun laws (A5864). The recent murder of NYPD Officer Randolph Holder demonstrates once again the need for tighter restrictions on firearms “ ~ Assemblyman Felix Ortiz
New York State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz proposed a Bill to force gun-owners to possess a quarter million dollars worth of liability insurance or go to jail as a way to stop “reckless gun use and hold gun-owners accountable.”
Former insurance broker and current New York State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King called Ortiz’s proposal “ridiculous”, adding “insurance companies do not insure against criminal acts,” “These guys are talking about things they don’t know anything about.” and argued it would be impossible for gun owners to obtain such insurance.
“Enough is enough,” said Ortiz. “How can we protect our children from gun atrocities without a common-sense approach to provide victim compensation?”
Victim compensation is the notion where insurance companies will pay victims for the crimes perpetrated by the criminal. According to the common sense approach of this law, a rapist would be required to take out rape insurance to compensate the victim if they were ever apprehended. Criminals would need crime insurance. Victims would need victim insurance.
The Ortiz plan require the gun-owner to compensate the family of a murder victim if that gun were used in the crime. By that logic it would have to extend to other inanimate objects like kitchen utensils or power tools except for the fact that they are not protected as an inalienable right guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment of the Bill of Rights. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed..”. The fatal flaw of the Ortiz plan is it is an infringement on the rights of the average American citizen.
“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
– Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776
Additionally, Jeffersonian scrutiny would ask Assemblyman Ortiz questions like this to expose its’ true intent and practical applicability:
What about when Judges release repeat offenders who then go out and commit a crime? Or when lax illegal immigration enforcement allows illegal aliens into the country, who then go on to perpetrate a murder? How about when protesters chanting death to Police Officer’s and Police Officer’s are ambushed and killed as a result of that incitement? Will the Ortiz plan extend to the families of fallen Law Enforcement Officers also? What of gang violence? Does the Ortiz Plan extend to violent drug gangs as well?
Apparently, the Ortiz Plan cannot by any measure in the realm of reality prevent crime nor hold accountable a criminal for a crime or assign blame to an inanimate object, any more than charging a car with drunk driving or indicting the murder weapon for murder in the first degree. Assemblyman Ortiz is no stranger to the misguided use of legislation to assign blame to a problem without addressing how to fix the cause. He introduced legislation aimed to prevent Child Obesity by banning the “Happy Meal.”
It is become abundantly clear that the Ortiz Plan has nothing to do with “Victim Compensation” or a practical means to stop the atrocities associated to violent crime. It is a pre-meditated attempt to erode the Bill of Rights and legislate inalienable rights into oblivion.
In all of human history; no government ever disarmed their own population to protect them or free them. NYS Assemblyman Ortiz would do well to uphold his oath to preserve, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution and not make an insidious attempt to dismantle it through a cowardly expression of cynicism, masquerading as saintly concern for protecting the children.
Assemblyman Ortiz should hold accountable the Judge who let Officer Holder’s killer loose on the streets by forcing her to purchase apology insurance: Judge Who Freed Cop Killer Apologizes