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Gunning for the honest citizens

Well, Massachusetts has discovered yet another way to "fight" its crime problem, and help the disabled at the same time. They want to impose a $25 tax on the sales of all handguns, with the money going towards spinal injury research.

The notion seems to be this: since a lot of spinal injuries are caused by handguns, the gun owners should help pick up the tab for their treatment.

This is a fine, noble, lofty idea, only troubled by a few inconvenient facts:

1) This would only apply to legal sales of handguns, and we all know that criminals always obey all gun laws before committing crimes.

2) One proponent of the measure, apparently unfamiliar with the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, declared that "It's a privilege to own a gun."

3) The idea that the people doing the shooting in Boston might not be the ones who would have to pay the tax was dismissed as "irrelevant," as it's still "guns" doing the deed and therefore, the "guns" must be punished.

Here's a simple solution for the Bay State: start enforcing the laws you have on the books already. You have the Bartley-Fox Law, which was passed in the 1970's and imposes hefty additional penalties for those who use guns in the commission of crimes. Last I heard, it hadn't been used in over two decades.

Here's another idea: put more cops on your streets. By law, Boston has to have at least 2,500 uniformed police officers. They haven't been within a couple hundred of that in years, but they don't care.

Here's a third: get rid of mandatory police presence at construction sites. Nearly every other state gets by with private flagmen, but not in Massachusetts. (Although in their defense, considering how many Massachusetts people drive, it might be a little justified.) That will free up more hours for the police to actually do police work.

But nah, it's easier to just pass another law that will punish the law-abiding citizens who actually believe in their Constitutional rights, and give a pass to the criminals.

After all, that's the Massachusetts way.


Comments (11)

As if I needed additional c... (Below threshold)

As if I needed additional confirmation that I made the right decision by leaving that rat's nest.

Also, jay, have you been fo... (Below threshold)

Also, jay, have you been following Senate Bill 44? We had quite the day at the State Houses yesterday.

Why stop at $25. How about ... (Below threshold)
yetanotherjohn:

Why stop at $25. How about $25,000? What's a few zeros among friends. Not only will it raise more money for spinal research (I mean the tax rate has no impact on tax revenues other than to make them go up, up, up, which is clear to any one except those knuckle dragers who go on about the laffer curve), it will mean fewer crimes are committed. Follow the logic. Poor people commit crimes out of proportion to their numbers. Since $25,000 is beyond the means for most poor people, it would logically follow that fewer poor people would buy guns so they couldn't use the guns in commission of a crime.

The problem with the Mass. legislature is they are pikers. Grab hold of the hand basket, they have a destination in mind for their state.

leave it to the demacraps f... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

leave it to the demacraps for leaveling tax on everything we have i mean we started a revolution on a tea tax why dont we make those dems pay tax on their stupid ideas and preposals

This is only another means ... (Below threshold)

This is only another means to further strip Americans of their Constitutional right. Adding that tax will eliminate a percentage of the public who will not be able to afford to purchase a gun.

This tactic is an old one dating back many years by the gun grabbers. As "Anotherjohn" asked, "Why stop at $25?" That's exactly the point. They won't.

Let's see Massachusetts add a $25.00 tax to free speech. Make citizens buy a permit and undergo a federal background check to get a permit so they can now have the limited right to free speech. We WILL have to put controls on it. That's only right. People get hurt when others practice free speech.

It's doubtful that there ar... (Below threshold)
hermie:

It's doubtful that there are enough sales of handguns in Mass that the proceeds of this tax would even pay the salary and benefits of some state bureaucrat hired to 'administer' this program.

Then again, I'm sure Deval Patrick has a friend or relative who needs a state job. Anything to reduce the unemployment figures.

I found the following in th... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

I found the following in the linked story:

A man paralyzed in a motorcycle accident while serving as a Boston police cadet in 1995 and other advocates also appeared in their wheelchairs before the Legislature's Joint Committee on Health Care Financing to emphasize how critical it is to raise more money for spinal cord research.

I don't blame those in wheelchairs for wanting funding, but it's disingenuous to claim only gun buyers should pay a special tax when traffic accident victims are sitting before the committee. Most likely it was the fault of a car driver that put this man in a wheelchair. Why not add the tax to cars and motorcycles? Just think of the money that would raise. Well here's the answer:

The logic, Fagan said, is that both guns and construction sites cause a large number of spinal cord injuries and that both gun owners and builders tend to be affluent.

Liberals hate other people being affluent. It's ok if they are affluent themselves, but not others and particularly if they have guns.

Then there's this at the end of the story:

Williams said "There's a lot of barriers, financially, environmentally," he told the legislators. "Insurance only covers so much."

It looks like Williams is hoping the money can be used to pay his bills as well as research. Now it clear, a tax on gun purchases means hitting both the affluent and gun owners at the same time. Two groups hated by liberals.

Wake up people, it's all th... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Wake up people, it's all the guns fault. I caught my Ruger 44 Mag going out the door last night for a murder party. Had to drag it back in and oil it to keep it home. Is there a functioning brian is the entire democrat party? Sure doesn't look like it. Guess they all had brain surgery to remove the frontal lobe common sense and reasoning portion. That would make sense since common sense to a democrat is like cancer to the average person. Something to be avoided.

It is a prove fact that kni... (Below threshold)
stan25:

It is a prove fact that knives and scissors are the weapons of choice in most murders and maiming, I don t see anyone going after them, the way that they are going after handguns. Could it be that the criminals and the people who protect them, don't want their victims fighting back? It sure would seen so.

"The notion seems to be thi... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"The notion seems to be this: since a lot of spinal injuries are caused by handguns, the gun owners should help pick up the tab for their treatment."

What is 'a lot' of injuries? What percentage of spinal injuries are caused by handguns? What percentage of spinal injuries caused by handguns were suffered by those engaged in criminal activity?

Mac has it: the tax should... (Below threshold)
epador:

Mac has it: the tax should apply to motorcycles, be about $250.00 attached to registration, not sales; and should be split for Trauma Center Research, Head Injury Research, Spinal Cord injury research, and PTSD treatment for all the medics who have to pick up the pieces after these mishaps! And in Massachusetts, maybe they should tax polo too.




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