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Gun and Ammo Tax Is Full of Holes

Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 03:21 PM

By Ted Nugent

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When it comes to guns and liberal politicians, all bets are off. Anything goes. The loonier the better.

In good old Cook County, Ill., which includes the non-stop, shoot-fest gun free zone — Chicago — gang banging punks never tire of blowing holes in each other. And of course wham bam, gun ban, ram-a-lama Rahm Emanuel doesn't want to end the Mayors’ Daily tradition of the gun-free zone slaughter of innocents’ party.

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Fred Lutger, owner of Freddie Bear Sports, looks over a Winchester Platinum at his store in Cook County, Ill.
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In another classic smoke and mirrors Chicago Politics-feigned effort to appear to quell  gang-banging violence, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle believes a nickel tax on each bullet and a $25 tax on each legal gun sold in Cook County will help teach the recidivistic gangbangers to give peace a chance.

Preckwinkle’s lopsided proposal should have been in the hilarious Chicago-based movie, “The Blues Brothers.”

Punks and thugs won’t give a plug nickel about raising the price of a bullet by five cents, and since when do paroled gangbangers go through the bureaucratic falderal of filling out paperwork to purchase firearms legally? Anyone who believes that this will reduce crime is either nuttier than a Snicker’s bar or about as smart as a bag of rocks.

Decent politicians have the complete support of responsible gun owners if they actually want to do something about street violence instead of politically grand-standing the tired old folly of gun control. Preckwinkle is grand-standing. Let’s be honest. Preckwinkle’s tax proposal has as much substance as an air sandwich.

The way to make gang-banging extinct is to pass a law that says any gang-banging thug who uses a gun in the commission of a crime gets an automatic 25-year prison sentence with no possibility of early release.

Warehousing these gang-banging street rats makes much more sense than penalizing law-abiding citizens by imposing a tax on guns and ammunition, which impact only law-abiding gun owners.

Preckwinkle’s proposal is so typical of liberals. Their upside-down proposals either end up achieving the opposite result of what they claim, or actually end up harming others. This is because feeling good is much more important to liberals than actually doing good.

A proposal to warehouse gang-banging punks wouldn’t be cheap. Prisons cost lots of cash. But that’s what is needed if cities like Chicago that are infested with gang-banging street rats truly want to make their crime-ridden neighborhoods safe.

My gut tells me that law-abiding citizens who still live by common sense probably don’t care all that much, if at all, that gang-bangers are blowing holes in each other. That observation may cause the heads of liberals to spin round and round, but it’s the truth.

So long as gang-bangers are making each other extinct, I don’t see the problem. Having them kill each other is probably the cheapest and most effective way of eliminating gang-banging street rats. If it weren’t for the tragedy of innocent bystanders being mowed down, providing free ammunition to these violent punks who have no respect for life would make more sense than taxing ammunition.

Cook County should simply make it much easier to arm the good guys. Ensuring that decent citizens have the means to defend themselves against these marauding monsters would be a much wiser public policy move. Liberals, of course, would oppose this proposal as it makes sense.

Preckwinkle’s proposed tax on ammunition and guns won’t make Chicago neighborhoods safer. It’s more typical liberal feel-good symbolism over common-sense substance.

Ted Nugent is a musician and award-winning writer and author of The New York Times best-selling “Ted White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns and Rock 'n' Roll,” along with “Kill It and Grill It,” “BloodTrails,” and “BloodTrails II.” He also is a member of the board of directors of the National Rifle Association. Read more reports from Ted Nugent — Click Here Now.

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