Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Chicago Way: Tax the Bullets!

I almost spit my cup of Eight O'clock Bean coffee out this morning when I read a headline  on this morning where a Chicago official wants to tax bullets to curb crime.  This person is either misguided, has no clue what the real threat is, or she is absolutely insane.  

If you look deeper into the article you'll find how the estimate how much tax they will generate!  That's the real reason to do this.  They are broke and they need to tax the most profitable business in Chicago:  "Murder"!  Seriously, she cannot be so stupid as to think the "thugs" are going to go to WalMart or Dick's Sporting Goods and buy their ammunition. 

Look, if the official can do the math on the bullet tax so well, why can't she put boots on the ground and go talk to the thugs.  Tell them to go hug a tree before they shoot.  Tell them to sit down calmly when they get the "urge" to have a fix by killing.  Yea, that will work.

Make sure Toni that you also take a few drugs with you.  Maybe some brownies to eat while you present your stupid ideas and "talk peacefully" to the disgusting individuals that want to murder the rest of us.

Even the gangs in Chicago can't be so dumb as to not see what this is:  Another tax on law abiding citizens to feed the money trough of another bureaucrat. 

County official proposes bullet tax to curb Chicago crime

As Chicago struggles to quell gang violence that has contributed to a jump in homicides, a top elected official wants to tax the sale of every bullet and firearm -- an effort even she acknowledges could spark a legal challenge.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will submit a budget proposal Thursday that calls for a tax of a nickel for each bullet and $25 for each firearm sold in the nation's second-largest county, which encompasses Chicago.

Preckwinkle's office estimates the tax will generate about $1 million a year, money that would be used for various county services including medical care for gunshot victims. Law enforcement officials would not have to pay the tax, but the office said it would apply to 40 federally licensed gun dealers in the county.
Through last week, the city reported 409 homicides this year compared to 324 during the same period in 2011. Although the violence still doesn't approach the nearly 900 homicides a year Chicago averaged in the 1990s, officials say gang violence was largely to blame for a rash of shootings earlier this year.
Preckwinkle insists the ordinance is far more about addressing gun violence than raising money for a county that faces a deficit of more than $100 million next year.

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