Seldom Seen Slim points us to the latest anti-gun outrage:
The Cook County Board of Commissioners on Friday handily approved the county's 2013 budget, complete with some $40 million worth of new taxes on the sales of guns and cigarettes.
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A previously proposed "violence tax" of a nickel per bullet sold in the county has been scrapped, though a new $25-per-tax component of the anti-violence measure remains. The gun tax will go into effect on April 1.
This is a perfect example of how leftists use the power of the state to violate law-abiding citizens. The 'reasoning' is that since guns cause gun violence, guns sales should be subject to an additional 'violence' tax. Of course, the premise is false, but that won't bother a liberal whose central concern is not to talk sense or speak the truth but to feel good about himself. And anyway, Cook County needs money, so why not invent a new tax? Their power to tax you any way they like justifies their taxing you any way they like. Might makes right.
But not only is the premise false, the reasoning is specious. If guns can be taxed on the ground that they cause death and destruction, so can automobiles. So why not tax car buyers? Why single out gun buyers? The answer, of course, is that they couldn't get away with the latter, but they can with the former, since gun buyers are are smaller and weaker and 'politically incorrect' group. Same reason they go after smokers with punitive taxes.
What we really need is a tax on liberals. Every time a liberal says something stupid or contributes to cultural pollution or undermines common sense, he must pay a stiff fine. Think of all the revenue that would generate.