New Government Initiative Would Circumvent Second
Amendment By Targeting Ammunition Not Guns
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10 million guns sold in the United States in 2011, violent crime
rising significantly as the economic crisis worsens, and self-defense
killings skyrocketing, its becoming increasingly unpopular
for politicians to call for restrictions on firearms. If anything,
even though government officials in states like Illinois and New
Jersey are attempting to outlaw guns completely, the public outcry
has been deafening, with each attempt met by protests and solidarity
from individual rights and gun advocates all over the country.
that the majority
of Americans support their inherent right to bear arms. But,
even though the strategy of attacking our second Amendment is wholly
unpopular and failing miserably, misguided government officials
are beginning to explore ever more novel ways of circumventing the
US Constitution and Second Amendment altogether.
Like New Jerseys
attempt to ban ammunition, Illinois is now taking aim at ammo.
This latest legislation would add a surtax to every box of ammunition
sold, and if allowed, would set an alarming precedent that effectively
threatens our ability to utilize a firearm for its intended purpose.
Kelly Cassidy, in a bill introduced earlier this month, proposed
a 2 percent surtax on ammunition. The proceeds would go toward
a high-crime trauma center grant fund, which would
then send the tax money to trauma centers in high-crime
is to begin to offset the high cost of gun violence. Mark Walsh,
campaign director for the Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence,
told FoxNews.com that cost often ends up being shouldered by these
urban trauma centers.
money would go) into communities here in Illinois that have been
damaged with gun violence, he said. I think its
a legitimate way to pursue funding.
arent causing the problem. They are, Pearson said.
Its an attack on firearm owners and their rights.
They think that because we like to target shoot and hunt,
were bad people, and we should pay for all the ills of the
city of Chicago.
owners in Illinois have to have a special ID card which requires
a background check to obtain, Pearson said those committing crimes
of gun violence arent likely to be paying much into the
proposed tax fund.
not buying their ammunition (legally). Theyre not paying
any part of the tax. Theyre getting their stuff illegally,
a typical box of ammo runs for about $25 in Illinois, meaning
the average tax per box would be about 50 cents.
of the new legislation argue that proceeds from this small tax will
be used to help the greater community. In this case, we would argue
that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The risks of
an abusive government having the ability to essentially set the
price of a product through taxation is a scary proposition. Anytime
government has ever identified a new good or service to tax, if
it is allowed to do so, it unabashedly continues to raise those
taxes in perpetuity. Gasoline, alcohol and cigarettes are key examples
of this. In New York, for example, you pay more in taxes for a pack
of cigarettes than the actual cigarettes. This same model will be
introduced to ammunition if the sycophants in our local, state and
federal government arent stopped.
You can be
assured that if legislation like this isnt stopped swiftly
and unequivocally, it will spread like a cancer throughout the rest
of the country. Like cigarettes and booze, ammunition, it will be
argued, is a danger to public health and the general welfare, and
as such, will require high taxation to cover the adverse social
impact it causes. Its only a 2% tax today, but once the idea
takes hold without protest, it will without a doubt lead to massive
price increases, leaving many without the ability to exercise a
right that is a pillar of the US Constitution.
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