The power to tax is the power to destroy.
~ Thomas Jefferson
The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once proposed taxing a particularly lethal bullet by 10,000%. It didn’t go anywhere but the idea of taxing ammo keeps coming back. It was recently discussed as part of the UN Arms Trade Treaty but was rejected by the US administration.
Some legislators are now seeing the implausibility of ridding the country of 300 million guns and are coming to the conclusion that it would be easier to tax ammo into oblivion.
Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, and Rep. Bob Godfrey, D-Danbury said that constituents are urging stringent gun and ammo regulations in the wake of the Newtown massacre.
They came up with proposals to limit access to high powered weapons and ammunition. One proposal would place a 50% tax on bullets.
“We tax cigarettes and alcohol even though a lot of people don’t get sick and die from them. It seems like a bullet is at least as dangerous as a cigarette,” Bye said.
Bye said it would be like the cigarette tax and would only apply to ammo not used at target ranges because they only become a threat once they are out of a controlled setting.
If their only goal is to put Connecticut gun dealers out of business, this should prove effective.
Everything liberals don’t like, they tax. Let’s tax their violent movies and video games instead.
Bye claims they will look at mental health issues but it seems like it’s an aside in her mind when it should be the focus.
Connecticut already has the fifth strictest gun laws.
In Illinois, the taxing of ammo is getting attention. Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, has proposed a new 2% tax on ammo. “It is just a tax,” he said. Cook County Board President Preckwinkle wants to place a violence tax on guns and ammo.
Obama’s record on gun control is that of a big government guy who wants total control over gun rights. He consistently states that he believes in the Second Amendment but he also believes in complete government control over how gun rights are implemented.
On Dec. 13, 1999, former Chicago Defender staff writer Chinta Strausberg, wrote an article headlined “Obama unveils federal gun bill,” in which he reported that then-Illinois state Sen. Obama, who was running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, proposed “to increase the federal taxes by 500% on the sale of firearm, ammunition [sic] – weapons he says are most commonly used in firearm deaths.” [Then-senator Obama never put through any legislation taxing ammo, which was politically wise]
According to Strausberg’s report, the proposal was made at an anti-gun rally held at the Park Manor Christian Church, 600 E. 73rd St., headed by the Rev. James Demus.
Also in the report, Obama is said to have proposed charging a gun owner with a felony if the owner’s firearm was stolen from his residence and caused harm to another person provided that weapon was not securely stored in that home. This proposal coincides with his opposition to the self-defense exemption when he was a state senator.
As a state senator, Barack Obama opposed letting people use a self-defense argument if they violated any handgun ban in using their weapon inside their home. The bill was a reaction to a Chicago-area man who, after shooting an intruder, was charged with a handgun violation.
Supporters said the fundamental question was whether homeowners have the right to self-defense.
Obama and several Chicago Democrats believed a law with a self-defense exception could open loopholes that let gun owners use their weapons on the street. They said local governments should have the final say, but the self-defense exception passed 41-16 and ultimately became Illinois state law.
Obama has opposed concealed carry since his days in the state senate. He told the Pittsburgh Tribune in 2008, “I am not in favor of concealed weapons,” Obama said. “I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could (get shot during) altercations.” He did, however, support retired police officers maintaining the right to concealed carry.
President Obama has not always been honest when talking gun control. Click here for a video in which Barack Obama lies about his support of the DC gun ban. In 2008, he specifically said, “I think that local jurisdictions have the capacity to institute their own gun laws…The City of Chicago has gun laws, as does Washington, D.C.,” he said. [Barack Obama, Feb. 15, 2008 Baltimore Sun.com]
President Obama supports micro-stamping which amounts to a gun ban. In 2008, Obama said, “There was a discussion today about a law that has just passed in California that allows micro-tracing of bullets that have been discharged in a crime so that they can immediately be traced,” he said. “This is something that California has passed over the strong objections of the NRA…That’s the kind of common sense gun law that gun owners as well as victims of gun violence can get behind.” [Barack Obama, Baltimore Sun.com Feb. 15, 2008]
As senator, Obama voted to ban almost all centerfire ammunition and he supported frivolous lawsuits against firearms manufacturers. [via redstate]
It is hard to know what Obama means when he says he wants “sensible gun laws,” because he is often nonspecific, but it appears that he is a big government guy who wants total and airtight government control over gun rights. He is probably capable of taxing ammo into near-oblivion.
Eric Holder’s anti-gun stance referred to in the following CNN video might provide us with a hint as to which way Barack Obama will go with his commission.
CNN report by Lou Dobbs:
Interestingly, it was Holder’s justice department that allowed thousands of assault rifles to be bought by Mexican cartels, the same assault rifles Obama and Holder strongly oppose.