“Violence Tax” Aimed At Ending Handgun Violence In The Streets – Because They Think Criminals Pay Taxes…

Posted on October 10, 2012


Illinois (The Gaslamp Post) – There’s no problem that a good ‘ol fashion tax can’t fix, says to the nanny-staters.  Much in the same way that Illinois decided to put a stop to both rape and violence against women, by slapping a tax on strip clubs and lap dances earlier this year, Cook County thinks they’ve found a way to put a stop to gun violence in the streets.

As it is no secret that the Windy City has become the murder capital of the planet, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (D) is said to be mulling over her latest and greatest brainchild, aimed at putting a stop to it.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle attended groundbreaking Oak Forest Health Center Tuesday.  |  Larry Ruehl~Sun-Times Media

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle – Image Larry Ruehl, Sun-Times

County Board President Preckwinkle believes that the solution is to institute a “violence tax” on the sale of both firearms and ammunition sold throughout her county.  The revenue generated from this tax would be put towards paying for the county’s public health clinics, hospitals, and pick up the tab for housing county jail inmates.

According to the Sun-Times, roughly two-thirds of the county’s budget is reportedly already spent on those items.

It may not close the $115 million “budget gap”, but to the powers in county government, it’s a darn good start.

“If we were to pursue a tax on something like guns and ammo, clearly that wouldn’t be popular with the [gun lobby] out there, and it may not generate $50 million, but … it is consistent with our commitment to pursuing violence reduction in the city and in the county,” Kurt Summers, Preckwinkle’s chief of staff, said on Monday.

The idea is to curb the number of guns in circulation, he said, citing a report issued last summer showing that nearly one-third of the guns recovered on Chicago’s streets were purchased in suburban gun shops. Other statistics are more dire: Murders in Chicago are up 25 percent this year, according to recent police statistics, and the county jail is filling up — with 9,000-plus inmates, nearing the 10,155 capacity.

The report that was mentioned by the Chicago Sun-Times failed to state how many of those guns were used by lawful gun owners to defend their homes, or were stolen in burglaries.  Standard police protocol is to sequester the firearms in order to determine if they were either stolen or used in the course of a previous crime.

“It impacts law enforcement, both at the city and the county [levels]. It impacts the courtrooms, the public defender and state’s attorney that are in there, the judges that are in there, the clerk of the court that has to sit there, the sheriff’s deputies that are in that courtroom and it impacts the jail — the folks that are sitting there at $143 a day,” he said, referring to the daily cost of keeping an inmate behind bars.

“Now on top of that, if a person is shot and wounded, they end up more than likely in a Level 1 trauma Center like Stroger Hospital,” he said, of the main taxpayer-funded county hospital.

The cost to treat a gunshot victim, without insurance, is pegged at $52,000, Summers said. And 70 percent of gunshot victims don’t have health insurance, he says.

This obviously skews the statistics in favor of gun-control advocates.

“This is just another example of the blame game — Chicago and Cook County has a gun violence problem, Chicago’s got a high high school drop-out rate, they’ve got a drug problem, they’ve got a gang problem, but they want to make legal gun owners, guys like me, the scapegoat,” said Todd Vandermyde a National Rifle Association lobbyist who works in Springfield.

“All you’re doing is jacking up the price of guns and ammunition — for someone who can least afford it,” he said. “The problem with something like this is that you’re hurting people who don’t have the ability to get out of Cook County. So if you have someone in Englewood, they have to venture out to DuPage County, to Will County? I don’t think so.”

As was mentioned before, in March of this year, Illinois instituted a tax on adult entertainment venues which featured partially nude dancers.  The tax was aimed at curbing another social problem but really did nothing but hurt businesses.

By making it more expensive to patronize these kinds of businesses, lawmakers believed that it would cut down on rape, violence against women, and keep the trouble makers from getting any ideas.  What it really did was penalize and punish customers who didn’t commit any crime at all.  In essence, they were punished before having done anything.

If a man is a potential rapist for going to a strip club, is an adult a child molester for going Christmas shopping at Toys R Us?

So now they’re passing along a tax aimed at curbing gun violence, in a county located in a state which already has the most strict gun laws in the country.  If the laws didn’t do the trick, then how would making firearms and ammunition MORE difficult to obtain, work?

Cook County is surrounded by counties whose businesses I’m sure would have no problem selling firearms and ammunition to their citizens.

This is a no-brainer considering that when Cook County passed another tax on cigarettes, authorities began to notice cigarette packs bearing Tennessee and Missouri tax stamps on them.

Gangs figured out that the penalties on selling cigarettes were a lot less than selling crack cocaine, AND they made the same money by selling smokes they drove out of state to buy.  It appears that even though they sold lower tax cigarettes at less than what Cook County residents could buy them for in the city, they were still making monster profits.

Did you ever think you’d see the day that gang bangers would ditch selling crack and instead start slanging cowboy-killers?

Here ladies and gentlemen we have proof of yet ANOTHER economic law; the Law Of Substitution.  When an individual finds that they cannot afford a certain item, another similar item will be sought at a lower price.  If oranges are too expensive, then apples will be purchased if cheaper.  If a BMW is out of one’s price range, they may elect to buy a KIA.

Why would someone buy cigarettes with such a high tax slapped on them when they can buy them cheaper from a smuggler?  The next question is, what happens to the businesses which sell cigarettes legally?

Now that we have established that putting a tax on something only makes people look elsewhere for a given product, let’s apply this to our firearms and ammunition “violence tax”, which the brain-trust at the helm in Cook County seem to think is going to work.

Is it possible that firearms and ammunition from other locations will find their way into Chicago and Cook County?  What if I were to tell you that not only is it possible, but it’s been happening!  According to the same liberal rag, the Sun-Times, over a weekend long sting operation in August, police recovered a lot of handguns, taken off of known gang-members and drug dealers.

Guess what they found out?

After using BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) records, they found guns flowing into the city from literally all over the United States, with 30% coming from Indiana, 25% from elsewhere in Illinois, 6% from Kentucky, and 39% coming from elsewhere in the country.  It would be interesting to find out if these handguns were imported into Chicago because one could not legally obtain one in the city until this year.

The criminals obviously could arm themselves whereas the law-abiding citizen could not.  Apparently laws only make things illegal.

Looking into it further, 125 of them were reported stolen from gun stores.  This kind of thing is nothing new to Chicago, as a matter of fact, according to the same story, one gun store in suburban Des Plaines was burglarized in January.  Thieves reportedly made off with 140 firearms.

If the aim of the county government is to reduce gun violence on the streets, I fail to see how, based on the above information, that levying another tax on a firearm, thereby making it MORE expensive is going to reduce crime?  Obviously the criminals are not and have no intention of paying such tax, so where does that leave the law-abiding citizen?

Yes gun violence is rampant in Chicago.

Yes gun murders are horrible.

Yes the loss of innocent lives is tragic.

But what will this tax do to remedy that?  How is praying to the gods of government and giving them MORE of your money going to stop all of this?  The government cannot fix this problem, they can only (and prove this constantly) make the problem worse.

I equate this tax being able to cure gun violence to giving an alcoholic endless shots of bourbon, thinking that once he has his fill, he will stop.  It never fails; when there’s a shooting, they want to penalize the people who didn’t do it.

(h/t:  Drudge Report)

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