Craig Hawks wrote that you do not have to buy insurance for any of the rights outlined in the Constitution — thus weapon buyers shouldn't have to buy insurance, because owning guns is a protected right ("Constitutional rights don't require insurance," June 7). We buy car insurance to protect us in case of accident, either caused by us or others. We buy fire and theft insurance to protect our homes and valuables.

Requiring insurance on guns would cover any damage the guns could cause by accident or misuse. A gun owner needs to show that he or she can pay for any damage that results from the firing of the weapon. Otherwise, who pays the hospital or burial bills for the victim(s)?

Truly responsible gun owners should securely lock up their weapons in a gun safe and carry insurance to protect their family and the public.

Patty Elms, Eugene