Dem bill would trigger huge new taxes on guns, ammo
A pair of Democratic lawmakers are proposing steep new taxes on handguns and ammunition, and tying the revenues to programs aimed at preventing gun violence.Because, you know, gangbangers always buy their handguns and ammunition through legal, taxable means, right? See? They don't want to take away your Second Amendment rights! They just want to price them out of the hands of 99% of the population is all. You know what I really love? Republicans calling for voting to require an ID is ridiculed as them wanting to keep minorities from voting (because, presumably, they can't afford the $20 for a state ID); yet Democrats calling for a doubling or quadrupling of a tax on a right gets crickets...
Called the “Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act," the bill sponsored by William Pascrell, D-N.J., and Danny Davis, D-Ill., would nearly double the current 11 percent tax on handguns, while raising the levy on bullets and cartridges from 11 percent to 50 percent.
And, of course:
The bill would exempt all federal, state and local agencies, including police departments, from paying the tax.Gee, who didn't see that coming? I mean, really. They're also talking about raising the NFA rates, because of all of the drive by shootings involving rifles with legally shortened barrels and suppressors. There's also a bleeding heart bit about all the wonderful anti-gun violence programs out there that could work but shucks darn they're starved for money. Here's tip, knucklehead: If they really worked, there would be funding for it.
Once again, they're proposing to stick it to law abiding gun owners. Because Chicago can't control its criminal element, they want you and I to have to pay more to legally purchase a legal product. Imagine if they tried that with alcohol? "Gee. because some people drink and drive, we're going to quadruple the tax on Budweiser". You think folks might take notice if the cost of a case of Bud went to $50? But because it's those EEEEEVIL guns, it's perfectly fine to kick law abiding folks in the shorts.
I've got a better idea - maybe Chicago ought to start incarcerating their hoodlums...
That is all.
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