” Efforts are underway in Congress and at least half a dozen states, including California, to raise taxes on firearms or ammunition to pay for programs targeting gun violence.
In Congress, a group of Democrats, led by Rep. Linda T. Sanchez of Lakewood, is pushing for an additional 10% tax on handgun purchases that could generate tens of millions of dollars nationwide to fund gun buybacks, firearms safety campaigns and anti-violence programs.
Legislation that would impose taxes on guns or bullets has also been introduced in Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey and Washington state. In Sacramento, a bill by Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson would impose a nickel tax on every bullet sold in California to pay for screening and treating young children for mental illness.
The proposals are designed after similar taxes placed by federal, state and local governments on cigarettes to fund anti-smoking campaigns and healthcare programs.
“Anything that contributes to balancing out the costs that gun violence exacts on communities is a step in the right direction,” said Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center. “Like cigarettes, guns should be taxed in a manner that takes into account the harm they inflict on society at large.” “
Another example of the elitist racism inherent in the statists that masquerade as democrats in the US . Name one consumption tax hike burden that was not born primarily by those in society least able to afford the additional expense ?
In the decades following the Civil War , the southern states , democratically controlled mind you , utilized Jim Crow laws , literacy tests and POLL TAXES in order to keep the blacks from exercising their right to vote . How is a tax hike on guns and ammunition any different ? The price hikes will be a direct and powerful burden on those segments of society, both black and white , that needs the protection of a firearm much more than these chauffeur-driven gasbags in the halls of power and at the same time are least able to come up with the extra cash needed to purchase some small measure of self-defense and peace of mind .
Racist snobbery and gun
people control , all in the guise of “public safety” , why it’s a progressive heaven … oh yes , lest we forget the extra dividend of the mountains of additional cash transfered through legalized theft from the producers to the looters .
* ” In U.S. practice, a poll tax was used as a de facto or implicit pre-condition of the exercise of the ability to vote. This tax emerged in some states of the United States in the late 19th century as part of the Jim Crow laws. After the ability to vote was extended to all races by the enactment of the Fifteenth Amendment, many Southern states enacted poll tax laws as a means of restricting eligible voters; such laws often included a grandfather clause, which allowed any adult male whose father or grandfather had voted in a specific year prior to the abolition of slavery to vote without paying the tax. These laws, along with unfairly implemented literacy tests and extra-legal intimidation, achieved the desired effect of disfranchising African-American and Native American voters, as well as poor whites.”