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19 October, 2012

Chicago Plans Second Amendment Tax

Mind you, this is the same bunch of whackos who tried to pass a law a few years ago requiring law-abiding American citizens to purchase a million dollars in liability insurance in order to own a gun legally, which would have effectively ended private gun ownership, except for the very rich. Luckily, that got shot down. So now, here's their newest end-around; they've finally figured out that they're never going to be able to take the American people's guns away from us, so they're just trying to make it damn near impossible to own them from a financial stand-point.

It's the same strategy that they've been openly employing for years with regard to tobacco: they heavily tax cigarettes, raising the prices to make it harder for people to justify the expense; many quit for money reasons, while others continue to smoke and pay exorbitant rates to do so.  Then, they take the tax revenues they make off these people and use it to pay tobacco farmers *NOT* to grow tobacco.  This, in turn, raises the price of tobacco paid by the cigarette companies who pass that price increase on to the consumer, making cigarettes even more expensive and snowballing the entire process over and over again.  It's their warped way of legislating morality... *THEIR* morality, not yours or mine.

Also, I'm convinced that these are meant to be test cases.  If this gets enacted in Chicago, you had better believe that, in 20 years, they will try to roll it out on the national agenda, touting how successful it's been in Chi-Town for 2 decades.  I say nip it in the bud now!
Chicago Plans Second Amendment Tax: Drawing the ire of the gun lobby, Cook County Board President Preckwinkle is eyeing a violence tax on guns and ammunition sold in the city and suburbs, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. Such a tax alone wouldn’t close a $115 million budget gap in 2013, but it could at least funnel money into the county’s $3 billion operation — where roughly two-thirds of the budget pays for both the county’s public health clinics and two hospitals along with the criminal justice system that includes the courts and jail.

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