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Opening Arguments

Witless in Seattle

Seattle is at it again:

 The Seattle City Council this week unanimously approved a “gun violence tax” and a measure to require reporting of lost or stolen firearms.

The 8-0 vote Monday afternoon on the tax that will be imposed on those purchasing firearms will provide revenue for gun violence prevention programs. The city expects the tax to raise between $300,000 and $500,000 each year.

Of course the tax will do no such thing. Gun buyers will leave the city limits in droves to make their gun purchases, some just to save the money, some in protest of such asininity. Washington has the same law we do that communities have to go by the state's gun decrees instead of coming up with their own.

Meanwhile, Seattle's $15 an hour minimum wage is already starting to wreak havoc:

According to a report released Sunday by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the $15 minimum wage has caused Seattle restaurants to lose 1,000 jobs — the worst decline since the 2009 Great Recession.

 “The loss of 1,000 restaurant jobs in May following the minimum wage increase in April was the largest one month job decline since a 1,300 drop in January 2009, again during the Great Recession,” AEI Scholar Mark J. Perry noted in the report.

It's fascinating to watch the cmpetition for goofiest socialist overreach on the West Coast. San Francisco is still ahead, but Seattle is coming on strong.