Did you know that firearms can act on their own?
“It is very important to us to tax guns because we know that guns are the sources of the incredible violence we have in our neighborhoods,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle told a news conference. She said 29 percent of guns used in crimes in Chicago were purchased legally in suburban Cook County. (emphasis mine- BS)
I didn’t know that the guns are the source of the problem; silly me thought that people were.
Under the plan, the county would impose a $25 tax on the purchase of firearms. The tax is expected to raise $600,000 in revenue in 2013. Preckwinkle abandoned a proposed tax of 5 cents a bullet because the tax in some cases would have exceeded the price of ammunition.
If approved by the board, the nation’s third most populous county with nearly 5.2 million residents could be the first major U.S. metropolitan area to impose a tax as a form of gun control, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
There have been 440 murders in Chicago so far this year, surpassing last year’s total of 435 and 22.2 percent more than in the same period a year ago, according to Chicago police.
Hey Chicago, People wear clothes to commit crimes (even those unarmed crimes) so why don’t you impose a ‘violence tax’ on sneakers, pants, shirts -can’t tax hoodies that would be racist, right?
Preckwinkle proposed dedicating $2 million to a violence prevention program, which would primarily provide grants to non-profit organizations with proven experience in violence prevention or community outreach.
Oh….I get it now. Preckwinkle must not expect Obama to win the election either and wants to make sure he has a job waiting for him. Just exactly how is providing money, more money to these organizations going to reduce crime?
And while you are at it Ms. Preckwinkle, could you tell me how this is constitutional?
I mean we hear all the time requiring people to pay money to get an Photo ID is disproportionally harmful to the minority community, right? So wouldn’t a $25 tax (close to the cost of a Texas Driver’s License) be disproportionally harmful to those who want to effectively defend themselves in a city with so many murders?
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