“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.
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.
“This bill represents a major investment in the protection of our children and our communities, and reflects the long-term societal costs of gun and ammunition purchases in our country,” Pascrell said.
The lawmakers say the bill would generate $600 million per year, which would be used to fund law-enforcement and gun violence prevention.
Gee, how imaginative! Why, it’s almost as if these authoritarian nobodies didn’t realize their anti-gun playbook had been leaked — and that when we see bills titled “Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act” coming from Democrat legislators, we don’t immediately think “cinch your belt and stuff a kevlar plate into the seat of your pants, because these fuckers are looking to bugger the freedoms right out of you!”
Honestly? I’m a bit disappointed these cynical ghouls couldn’t fit “children” into the title somewhere.
Look: we all know what this is: a power and revenue grab masquerading as concerns about gun violence. Because it doesn’t address the source of gun violence, which happens far more frequently in those liberal enclaves that have the harshest gun control laws. Because criminals don’t pay taxes on black market weapons. And they’ll find a way to make or get ammo on the cheap.
This is but another backdoor way to infringe on our rights, and it disproportionately affects those of lower socioeconomic status who tendt to live in more dangerous locales and would probably benefit most from legal gun ownership and proper self defense training. Proving yet again that the Party that pretends it’s for the little guy and is the champion of minorities onlu cares about themselves and their power — and they keep that power by sneaking high-minded sounding anti-liberty measures into law, relying on the fear the GOP cowards have of being labeled “against the prevention of gun violence, and in favor of less safe communities!”
Reagan had it right: “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” Only in this case, the subsidies would go to increasing the power of a police state while diminishing the power of individuals to protect themselves.
Liberal fascism, flashing the smile and assuming the pose of benevolence right before it slaps on the shackles.