In Question of the Day: Are Gun Control Advocates Getting Desperate? I pondered the inanity of defrocked Doc and ex-con Linda Shelton’s Daily Kos editorial calling for bullet control. Who could be that dumb? Hello, Seattle! “Seattle is one step closer to a new gun tax a city council member says is needed to combat gun violence in the city,” kiorvtv.com reports. “A committee approved and sent an ordinance to the full city council Wednesday that if passed, would tack on a new $25 tax on sellers on every gun sold, plus a new 2-cent tax on every .22 caliber bullet and 5 cents each for all other bullets.” The chances that the gun and bullet tax would reduce “gun violence” are roughly the same that . . .
a motor vehicle tax will reduce drunk driving.
I’ve got two words for this bone-headed move: poll tax. Remembering that the United State Constitution specifically prohibits any government infringement on the right to keep and bear arms. Still, guns and ammo ARE taxed already, like any other consumer product. So maybe Seattle will get away with it – even as their gun dealers close up shop and move away, denying the city ANY firearms-related revenue.
I think it’s safe to say that Seattle’s anti-ballistic burghers failed basic economics: “The tax is estimated to generate about $300,000 a year to fund gun violence prevention.” Estimated by the same people who watched Boeing get going, moving production from Washington State to South Carolina to save on labor costs. Anyway, the Seattle gun and ammo tax city ordinance still faces legal challenges and public opprobrium. Well, the former anyway.