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Would You Support a County-Wide 'Violence Tax'? (Poll) (tax on guns and ammo)
tinleypark.patch.com ^ | 10 October, 2012 | NA

Posted on 10/10/2012 9:45:20 AM PDT by marktwain

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has floated the idea of a tax on guns and ammunition to offset a 2013 budget shortfall. Is this a good idea?

Nicknamed a "violence tax," a proposed Cook County tariff would hike up the prices of firearms and ammo as a way to take care of a 2013 budget shortfall, according to an NBC 5 Chicago News report.

READ: Check Out the Full NBC 5 Chicago News Story for More Details

The tax is being considered by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who said it wouldn't just be used to fill a $115 million budget hole next year, the report stated. It also would try to stem Chicago's gun violence in light of the past summer's rash of shootings and the city's climbing murder rate, which is up 25 percent from last year, the report continued.

"It's a problem for us in our criminal justice system and it's a problem for us in our health care system, and I make no apologies for the proposal," Preckwinkle said, adding that the average shooting victim costs taxpayers $52,000 because almost 70 percent of them are without health insurance.

A similar proposal was introduced at the state level earlier this year and was criticized by gun rights advocates, the Huffington Post reports.

READ: Check Out the Full Huffington Post Story for More Details

"[It's] just another scheme concocted by the Chicago Machine to punish law-abiding firearm owners," Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, said of the earlier state-wide tax.

The "violence tax" is set to be introduced when Preckwinkle unveils her county budget proposal Oct. 18.

(Excerpt) Read more at tinleypark.patch.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: banglist; constitution; il; tax
You have to be a member or on facebook to vote on the poll. Only 10 votes so far.
1 posted on 10/10/2012 9:45:27 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

More misplaced blame.

Those who COMMIT violence should be taxed, regardless of the tools they employ.


2 posted on 10/10/2012 9:50:53 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: marktwain

The only “violence tax” I will pay is the portion of my property tax that goes to the police department. It’s THERE job to stop the violence, not to make difficult my right to responsible purchase and own a firearm!

Thiks tax in Cook is just ridiculous! Throwing money at the problem isn’t going to stop it!


3 posted on 10/10/2012 9:53:51 AM PDT by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: marktwain

A tax on corrupt politicians in Cook County would be far more productive I’d think.


4 posted on 10/10/2012 9:54:03 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: marktwain

Why would it bring in any money?

It would simply end or greatly diminish ammo sales in that county.

People would just buy elsewhere.


5 posted on 10/10/2012 9:55:26 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: marktwain

NO


6 posted on 10/10/2012 9:56:10 AM PDT by clamper1797 (I mourn for the America I grew up in ..fought for ..and loved ..July 4 1776- June 28 2012)
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To: marktwain

How about a tax on mentholated grape flavored #2 pencils?


7 posted on 10/10/2012 9:58:03 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: marktwain

Young urban males are far more a common denominator in violent crime than firearms are, so why not create an “urban yute tax”?

Upping the tax on Skittles and hoodies might be a good idea too.


8 posted on 10/10/2012 9:59:34 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: marktwain

Because taxing criminal enterprise is so beneficial to gubmint coffers......

Speak softly,
KYPD


9 posted on 10/10/2012 10:01:05 AM PDT by petro45acp (The question isn't "are you better off?" it should be "is it really the government's job?")
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To: marktwain
I'm not particularly happy to be having to pay taxes to be handed to inner-city tribal parasites, and I SURE don't wanna pay more taxes to pay for their ammo, when I buy my own.......
10 posted on 10/10/2012 10:03:22 AM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: marktwain

tax the known violent criminals, not law abiding gun owners.

but then again this is just an excuse to get people accepting the premise of such a tax.


11 posted on 10/10/2012 10:10:42 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: marktwain

To own real estate, I must pay a property tax. To drive, I must pay a gasoline tax. So, if I must pay a violence tax, does that imply my right to be violent?


12 posted on 10/10/2012 10:19:37 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: marktwain

Sure let’s have a violence tax on the people whose policies lead to violence: liberals.


13 posted on 10/10/2012 10:25:00 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Liberalism is a malfunction of the brain.)
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To: marktwain

No Taxation without Representation!

I’ve never used my guns in a violent act (unless you count blasting bowling pins as “violence.”)

More to the point, do I get to start shooting liberals if they try to levy this tax? I mean, if I am being taxed for being violent, the least I can do is BE violent...

Mark


14 posted on 10/10/2012 10:32:11 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: marktwain

They should tax criminals.


15 posted on 10/10/2012 10:33:56 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: marktwain
the average shooting victim costs taxpayers $52,000 because almost 70 percent of them are without health insurance

Wait a minute. Thirty seconds ago I read a quote from obama that millions more people now have health insurance thanks to obamacare. I guess none of them are in Cook County.

16 posted on 10/10/2012 10:39:38 AM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: marktwain

Does she really think criminals buy their guns and ammo in a store? Maybe if it’s a straw purchase.


17 posted on 10/10/2012 10:57:25 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: TexasRepublic
To own real estate, I must pay a property tax.

This is like you, as property owner, paying a property tax to pay for cleaning up after the homeless.

18 posted on 10/10/2012 11:12:26 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: marktwain

Any such tax would violate the 2nd amendment.


19 posted on 10/10/2012 11:20:36 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: marktwain

As I recall it’s damn near impossible to buy a gun in Cook County. Dunno about ammo...Stevie666


20 posted on 10/10/2012 11:49:18 AM PDT by szweig (HYHEY!! (Have You Had Enough Yet))
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To: marktwain

Gun control and gun taxes should only be for liberal Democrats.


21 posted on 10/10/2012 12:00:43 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: marktwain

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October 9, 2012

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22 posted on 10/10/2012 5:18:03 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: marktwain

More money can be raised by taxing pants on the ground and flat brimmed hats cocked sideways.


23 posted on 10/10/2012 9:06:25 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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