The National Rifle Association (NRA) has long railed against President Obama saying his policies will take away the Second Amendment rights of individuals to have their firearms. They even recently started a new ad campaign urging people to vote for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for that very reason.
Ironically, President Obama actually increased gun owners’ rights earlier in his term signing on a bill allowing individuals to carry their firearms into public parks. While on the other hand Gov. Romney signed an assault weapons ban during his tenure in Massachusetts and raised fees on gun owners and admitted that the NRA is not a fan of his.
To further let gun owners know that he has no intention of taking away their guns, President Obama is implementing the “Self Security and Home Protection” discount for those purchasing home insurance while in possession of a firearm. They will be required to place the above image somewhere visible to outsiders on their property. The only drawback is that if you are to use this discount you must sign a waiver that you do not want public protection, safety, and response of any sort at any time. This is to include, but is not limited to emergency police, fire, and EMT services provided by the purchaser’s local municipality.
This discount is to recognize the “live free or die” mentality many gun owners seem to have. The waiver however does not protect them from wrongful use of their firearm, and if found guilty of using a weapon in any way unfitting of general home protection under the explicit guidelines listed within the program, the wrongdoer will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It basically prohibits as the president stated, “wild wild west antics.” However, President Obama also stated, “if these people want to be on their own, let them… they just won’t receive any back-up.”
It will be interesting to see who takes advantage of this government sponsored program to discount homeowners insurance. It seems to be a conflict of interest for those who say they hate government, so only time will tell if this will be a successful measure.