The Salem News gun ban activists plot to tax gun and ammunition sales out of existence is drawing heavy fire in Taxachusetts.
Briefly quoting the Salem News report linked above:
Gun control advocates are pushing a new way to pay for violence prevention efforts — taxing sales of guns and ammunition.
A proposal on Beacon Hill would impose a 4.75 percent surcharge on sales of guns and ammo to fund local efforts such as youth violence prevention programs and training for police to handle incidents involving mentally ill suspects.
Of course, the overwhelming majority of crime guns are stolen, and thieves have no concern about paying taxes. In Massachusetts case, the mean time between theft and recovery is 3.76 years, and only 402 of the 2014 guns the ATF traces were stolen in Massachusetts. Some of those stolen guns came from as far away as California, Florida, Georgia, and in fact almost every State on the Eastern Seaboard. Click on the link immediately above for the official ATF numbers.
On the other side of that coin is the damage gun control has done to the law abiding citizen gun owners of Massachusetts. The chart immediately below shows how the Bay State went from only 2512 reported 2,512 re[prted vop;emt cro,es om 1960, before gun control, through a gun control campaign driven increase to 8916 in 1968, and then, thanks to Lyndon Johnson’s Gun Control Act of 1968, soared to 26,673 violent crimes in 1978, in the tenth year of Federal gun controls.
The Chart also shows what happened to violent crime when gun control extremists, whose aim is a “gun free society,” imposed draconian gun laws on the Bay State in 1996/ The sharp decline in violent crime rates stopped – until Boston started cutting the crime rates by under reporting criminal complaints.
Here is a chart that shows in more detail just what Massachusetts gun laws ahve already done to the State, this time looking at homicides:
Again, murder rates not only flattened out, they increased. Until Boston decided to install “Compstat.”
Given the crime numbers after the imposition of restrictive gun laws – and the universal decline in crime rates as restrictive laws are softened, it is long past time for Congress to preempt these laws designed only to make life safe for criminals. Congress has been remiss in its duties, so it is time to call your Congressperson or Senator, and demand the restoration of our full Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, without taxes on a right.
And, by the same token it is time to give officials pushing restrictive laws and confiscatory taxes a push broom and a street, and put them to work.