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Violence Tax in Chicago

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by 548, Oct 10, 2012.

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    Officials in Illinois' Cook County are eyeing a so-called "violence tax" on guns and ammo -- a move aimed at curbing violence and closing the budget gap, but one that's drawing a rebuke from the gun lobby.

    MyFoxChicago.com reports that homicides in Chicago are up 25 percent this year, and some officials in surrounding Cook County are looking to use such a tax to curb the number of guns in circulation.

    But NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde told the Chicago Sun-Times it's "just another example of the blame game."

    "Chicago and Cook County has a gun violence problem, Chicago's got a high high school drop-out rate, they've got a drug problem, they've got a gang problem, but they want to make legal gun owners, guys like me, the scapegoat," he said.

    The Sun-Times reports that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is leading the charge for the tax, though the specific amount is unclear.

    Preckwinkle Chief of Staff Kurt Summers told the Sun-Times that while it wouldn't "popular" with the gun lobby, "it is consistent with our commitment to pursuing violence reduction in the city and in the county."

    Summers said gun violence costs the government in a number of ways, including the $143 a day it costs to keep someone in jail. Further, he said it costs $52,00 on average to treat a gunshot victim without insurance in the taxpayer-backed local hospital.

    But Vandermyde said the tax would end up "jacking up the price of guns and ammunition" on people who can't afford it.

    A Cook County proposal in 2007 for a bullet tax was ultimately defeated.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/10/illinois-county-considers-violence-tax-on-guns-and-ammo/#ixzz28uer8JT8
     
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    This is silly. Don't these guys know Bass Pros offers free shipping and no sales tax?
     
  3. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    So are they going to put a "main and kill tax" on cars and alcohol?

    How about an "overpopulation tax" on unwed teen mothers?

    Maybe an "obesity tax" on silverware?

    Or a "stupidity tax" on Chicago politicians?
     
  4. Mike Battista

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    Maybe the gang members and criminals could all register as such and obtain a "professional" license for their trade. This license would be renewed each year and would increase in cost for each conviction. Of course the politicians would want a group discount for themselves. They could even form a union. It could be called CRAP (Crooks Registered As Professionals).
    Mike Battista
    Silver Dollar Firearms
     
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    Mike Battista Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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  6. John Galt

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    If they put a supidity tax on liberals, the deficit would disappear instantly.
     
  7. Rebel Sympathy

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    And while they're at it, they should blame Benton, IL school bus drivers for wrecks on the Chicago Loop. The stupid fools..... Mike
     
  8. GBatch_25

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    Unrelated to the gun violence tax, but the Chicago pols are also now talking about a tax on people who work downtown but live in the suburbs. Guess we may have to show a valid ID to get into the City.

    Fools they are. If all the people who commute to Chicago stopped going to work for a week, I'd love to hear how much wasn't spent on meals, taxis, etc. And how much the sales tax receipts were off.

    Gene in Illinois
     
  9. BT-100dc

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    This is just another tax attacking your gun rights. If it is tolerated in Chicago or Cook County, reelect Obama and see if we don't get some type of a national tax. The 2nd Amendment uses the word "infringe". The word originated in the 16th century. It means: encroach on a right or privilege. It is what it is. This Chicago thuggery seems to prevail in this country. Anyone who owns a gun and/or participates in shooting sports, please exercise your right and vote these people out. BT100dc
     
  10. timberfaller

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    How about a "Liers" and "foul mouth" Tax??

    Bloggo and the other kronnies could get them out of a jam!!
     
  11. stokinpls

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    5 dead, 25 wounded last weekend. No wonder they're desperate.
     
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