But When a Long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, Pursuing Invariably the Same Object…
KeepandBearArms.com links to this story about how the fine legislators in California, seem to want to fix the massive debt their state is running by putting a 10¢ per round tax on ammunition. Actually, they say it’s to “help reimburse shooting victims and help pay their health-care costs.” but we know what legislatures do with money, don’t we? And if they’re going to put a $500 tax on a $200 case of .22 rimfire, then all they’re going to do is start a new black market. We’re already seeing it with cigarettes in the Northeast. Supply and demand, you morons.
They call it a “sin tax.” Gee, what was once a highly regarded practice, one guaranteed to us by the Bill of Rights, is now a sin? One of the ethicists interviewed for the piece states that “sin taxes” put the legislature in charge of labelling right and wrong. And here’s the money quote:
“Once you start doing that, then government becomes something above and beyond what the American founders thought it should be,’ Palm said. “Government becomes more of a parental figure.’
I’m not sure where Mr. Palm’s been, but our government’s been parental since the 1914 Harrison Act. Prohibition followed close behind.
Big Brother knows what’s best for us chillun’s.
No wonder politicians are concerned about the armor-piercing capabilities of the .50 BMG cartridge.
Ten cents a round, eh? How many legislators are there in Sacramento?
Give me a few minutes. I have more to say on this matter.