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Opening Arguments

A brand-new sin tax

Here we go again:

A pair of Democratic lawmakers are proposing steep new taxes on handguns and ammunition, and tying the revenues to programs aimed at preventing gun violence.


Called the “Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act," the bill sponsored by William Pascrell, D-N.J., and Danny Davis, D-Ill., would nearly double the current 11 percent tax on handguns, while raising the levy on bullets and cartridges from 11 percent to 50 percent.

"This bill represents a major investment in the protection of our children and our communities, and reflects the long-term societal costs of gun and ammunition purchases in our country,” Pascrell said.

The lawmakers say the bill would generate $600 million per year, which would be used to fund law-enforcement and gun violence prevention.

A sin tax, in other words. Hey, constitutional scholars, the Second Amendment is now a sin. If you can ban guns, tax 'em into oblivion. The obvious problem (well, one of the them) is that the people who would raise and spend the money are clueless about what really needs to be done to curb violence. As another blogger has pointed out, Davis represents a portion of Chicago, which has been soooooo effective in reining in murder rates.

Predicted outcome: The more the proposal gets talked about, the more gun sales will surge. These guys are really the gun-rights crowd's best friends, though heaven knows that's the last thing in the world they want to be.