‘Violence Tax’ Just Another Attempted Gun Grab
October 10, 2012 by Bob Livingston
Illinois gun grabbers are getting creative in their efforts to make one of the most restrictive gun law States even tougher on legal gun owners.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is considering imposing a “violence tax” on guns and ammunition. The county encompasses Chicago, which has seen murders rise by 25 percent this year, according to recent police statistics.
In Illinois, a person must first obtain a State permit to buy a firearm. The State is the only one in the Nation that does not allow concealed carry in some form.
Preckwinkle’s Chief of Staff Kurt Summers cited a report issued last summer showing that nearly one-third of the guns recovered on Chicago’s streets were purchased in suburban gun shops. He did not say how many of those guns found on the street were stolen from the lawful owners. Odds are it’s most of them. He also failed to mention a Chicago Police Department study that showed that 88 percent of all murderers and 76 percent of all murder victims had prior criminal records, which indicates the city’s recidivism rate is extremely high.
The move, Summers said, is designed to curb the number of guns in circulation and pay for the cost of people injured by gun violence. According to Summers, it costs the county $52,000 to treat a gunshot victim that does not have health insurance, and 70 percent of gunshot victims are uninsured.
This is not a completely new idea. In 2007, Cook County Commissioner Roberto Maldonado — now a Chicago alderman — tried to pass a 10 cents-per-bullet tax (and even tried to make it 50 cents per bullet). That proposal failed.
Passing such a tax would have no effect on the number of guns in circulation, which is already heavily restricted. It would hinder the free exercise of 2nd Amendment rights by lawful gun owners by forcing them to either pay more for their guns and ammo or go outside the county to make their purchases. Illinois County gun dealers will doubtless see decreased sales, and the poorest of the county’s residents may no longer be able to afford to protect themselves from the growing criminal element in the county.
Meanwhile, criminals — who are criminals because they disobey established laws — will continue to obtain weapons and ammunition by stealing them from homeowners and purchasing them on the black market (without paying a tax).
Additionally, two bills are in the hopper in the Illinois State Legislature that would create taxes on ammunition. This is further indication that in Illinois, the elites are gun grabbers and money grubbers with no interest in the health and well-being of their poorest law-abiding citizens or the financial health of a group of small-business owners.