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A Modest Proposal to End a Root Cause of Gun Violence (vanity)
Vanity | 12/19/12 | null and void

Posted on 12/19/2012 12:10:35 PM PST by null and void

In light of the attention recent events have focused on gun violence and the current approaching "Financial Cliff" I propose a partial solution to both issues.


Whereas the Federal government is financially deep in the red, and
Whereas Congress is incapable of trimming even the most minuscule amount of spending, and
Whereas raising taxes on this side of the Laffer Curve reduces revenue, and
Whereas medical care mandates (ObamaCare) are a major contributor to budget woes, and
Whereas violent crime in general, and gun violence related injuries in particular are perceived as a major contributor to rising medical costs, and
Whereas the Second Amendment specifically forbids Congress from regulating firearms, and
Whereas regulation and taxation of the promotion of firearms in criminal acts is within Congress' purview,
it is hereby resolved that Congress act to penalize the glorification of firearms in entertainment media.

Specifically Congress should act to impose the following charges for each act promoting gun violence in any form of video entertainment, spoken word, music or print at the production level:

Each firearm shown, named, or alluded to in any given work of entertainment shall accrue a production use cost of $100.

Each individual display, mention of, or allusion to an above named firearm in an given entertainment product such as a written article, video or musical track carries a production display cost of $10.

Each individual discharge of a firearm in an entertainment product carries a production shot cost of $1.

Therefore a video that shows 5 different guns accrues a $500 production use fee, if one gun is shown 20 times it accrues a $200 display fee, a second gun shown in 3 scenes would accrue its own $30 fee, and the cameos the 3rd, 4th, and 4th guns each accrue their own $10 display fee. If 50 rounds total are fired in the course of the video, the production shot fees add up to $50.

Therefore the total video production fee for this entertainment video is $810, a minuscule percentage of typical production costs.

Each retail sale of the resulting video or other entertainment product carries a 0.1% residual fee. In this case that would be 81¢ per DVD, CD, book, magazine, download, theater or live performance ticket.

All collected fees go into a gun violence reparations fund and are used to cover immediate care for firearms injuries, rehabilitation and continuing care. Excess funds go into the general fund and are used to help pay down the national debt.

Specifically exempted from this bill are historical documentaries, news footage and reports, and works produced solely for educational purposes.

This is only intended to penalize glorification of, promotion of and/or normalization of firearm related violence. It assess no penalties for legitimate manufacture, sales, transfers, possetion, ownership or use of any firearm for lawful or Constitutional purposes.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: guncontrol; secondamendment; vanity
Tax the rich - in Hollywood...
1 posted on 12/19/2012 12:10:38 PM PST by null and void
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To: null and void

what about re-runs?


2 posted on 12/19/2012 12:14:53 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

Should NOT be based on per-shot.

How about using a metric like per-shot-viewers, meaning if you produce a show where 10 rounds get expended, and your ratings viewership is 5 million, that is 5*10, or 50 million violations times the fine-per-violation to determine total fine.


3 posted on 12/19/2012 12:21:54 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: null and void

Tax “action hero” George Clooney till he sqeals like a girl or Matt Damon not that there is much difference.


4 posted on 12/19/2012 12:22:13 PM PST by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: null and void

and games.


5 posted on 12/19/2012 12:22:28 PM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: null and void

Add one or two, maybe three zeroes to each category.


6 posted on 12/19/2012 12:24:50 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: null and void

What about guns displayed in video games? $1 per discharge will rack up some serious bills....


7 posted on 12/19/2012 12:26:03 PM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: C210N

Awesome. A-team re-runs alone would pay off the entire national debt in a month.


8 posted on 12/19/2012 12:27:03 PM PST by alancarp (Liberals: making promises that no one's wallet can keep,)
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To: null and void

Of course, more television murders would be by knives, clubs, and poisons. Even Hollywood is smart enough to evade a tax.


9 posted on 12/19/2012 12:29:04 PM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: null and void

ping


10 posted on 12/19/2012 12:29:15 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: TurboZamboni
what about re-runs?

I'm open to that. I suppose the same method used to calculate an actor's residuals could be adapted seamlessly to this.

11 posted on 12/19/2012 12:30:37 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: C210N
Should NOT be based on per-shot.

How about using a metric like per-shot-viewers

Works for me, but mine's simpler...

12 posted on 12/19/2012 12:33:58 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: mbarker12474
and games.

*forehead slap* and games...

13 posted on 12/19/2012 12:35:12 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: null and void
What we see in the movies becomes the future. The power of suggestion and the desensitizing are very powerful tools for the PTB. Not only that, but Quantum theory states consciousness has an affect on matter as well.

Decades ago, cowboy movies didn't show blood and guts all over the place. They didn't even show bullet holes. Back then, kids could bring their guns to school for show and tell.
Same thing with sex. There was outrage when Lucy and Ricky were shown in the bedroom together - even though they had separate beds. They didn't have 11 years olds wanting abortions, teen mothers as the norm, adultery leading to divorces on a record scale, nor the rapes and child molestations we see today.
Homosexuality was a mental condition, and the homos were kept in mental institutions. They didn't have the boy rapes, homo mass murders, the child eating, or the deadly disease we have today, either.

All these things were in the theaters before they started to show up in real life. The nation was and is being flooded with this crap 24/7 - and it gets worse by the day.

Has anyone noticed there have been reports of people attacking and eating others like Zombies? Three is the U.S. so far (that I've heard of). Some blame "Bath Salts", yet the "zombies" had no "Bath Salts" in their systems. Where did this come from? Where have we seen 24/7 Zomies lately?

14 posted on 12/19/2012 12:35:18 PM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: DTogo
Add one or two, maybe three zeroes to each category.

Not at first...

15 posted on 12/19/2012 12:36:05 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: alancarp

I think we shouldn’t name our kids Cult, sell Champagne by the magnum or listen to 38 Special. From this point forward, the joke, “She came at me with 2 44’s and a gun” will never be told again.

The character on M*A*S*H, Charles Emerson Winchester will now be known as Charles Emerson.

Any others?


16 posted on 12/19/2012 12:36:47 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (You can't bring something to its knees that refuses to stand on its own)
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To: alancarp

I think we shouldn’t name our kids Colt, sell Champagne by the magnum or listen to 38 Special. From this point forward, the joke, “She came at me with 2 44’s and a gun” will never be told again.

The character on M*A*S*H, Charles Emerson Winchester will now be known as Charles Emerson.

Any others?


17 posted on 12/19/2012 12:36:55 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (You can't bring something to its knees that refuses to stand on its own)
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To: kosciusko51
Of course, more television murders would be by knives, clubs, and poisons.

You mean just like real life?

Even Hollywood is smart enough to evade a tax.

Barely...

18 posted on 12/19/2012 12:38:07 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
No more Magnum, P.I. re-runs, and no more John Wayne movie re-runs.
19 posted on 12/19/2012 12:39:07 PM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

“Kennedy 45. Works everytime”


20 posted on 12/19/2012 12:41:17 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: concerned about politics

Precisely, this is a gentile but firm hand on the tiller (and in the till!)


21 posted on 12/19/2012 12:42:39 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: null and void

Not Kosher...


22 posted on 12/19/2012 12:44:09 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: null and void
A nice exercise in wishful thinking but...

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech..."

On that alone it would never float.

Doesn't taxation of what has heretofore been considered free speech constitute an abridgement?

23 posted on 12/19/2012 12:45:22 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
A nice exercise in wishful thinking but...

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech..."

Otherwise, I rather like the idea.

24 posted on 12/19/2012 12:47:51 PM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: mbarker12474; Bloody Sam Roberts

Congress Critters have no problem comparing gun violence to child pornography, nor any problem outlawing it.

Why should promoting gun violence be more sacred than promoting child rape?


25 posted on 12/19/2012 12:52:02 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: null and void

A proposal to the Feds:

In order to severely decrease gun violence world-wide, end all the non-declared wars and occupations our troops engage in.

When they come home, sell all their automatic weapons and armaments - up to and including tanks - to US civilians (with no felony records, etc) in order to generate much-needed revenue to pay down the debt, and with the proviso that the citizens must maintain the weapons and sell them back to the military if we ever actually declare a war again.


26 posted on 12/19/2012 12:56:29 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: mbarker12474
Otherwise, I rather like the idea.

As do I.

But you can see what a contentious, protracted legal fight would ensue. Not to mention the howling from the media.

It would take hostilities (initiated by the Left no doubt) to a whole new level.
But then, the best defense is a good offense so it might be a good way to strike back, so to speak.

27 posted on 12/19/2012 1:08:46 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.)
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To: null and void
First of all, there is no such thing as gun violence.  That's complete lib-speak BS designed to pin the blame on guns instead of on the actual perpetrator of the violent act.  Since the term "gun-violence" intimates that guns commit violence, then shall we put a gun on trial for murder?  Does the gun have enough brains to legally be tried for murder?  Ludicrous.  And why do libs want to pin the blame on guns with lib-speak like "gun violence"?  Not becaue they care about children, public safety or any kind of real justice.  It's pure demogogaury.  They want to pin the blame on guns becaue they are statists.  They want the population subjugated by the government in order to implement their twisted ideas of social justice.  And the government cannot and will not accomplish complete control of the population unless the people are completely disarmed and at the mercy of the state.  The kind of social justice libs strive to acheive does not include individual freedom and liberty for the common man.  Individual liberty and freedom take a back seat to their perverted idea of fairness.  So that's lesson number one for you.  No such thing as gun violence.  Guns don't commit violent acts, people commit violent acts.

And as to your suggestions about the need to abolish violent images, I never once heard you mention the fact that that Adam Lanza SOB had aspergers syndrome.  Shouldn't mental illness be addressed as the cause of sensless violence instead?  Are violent images the cause of mental illness?  Or are other societal factors the cause of such mental illness?  Such as rampant divorce rates.  The divorce of a child's parents and the splitting of the home can be a very traumatic event for some children.  Especially an autistic kid in which their whole sense of security is dependant on the parent/home dynamic.  

You're taking aim at the symptoms of the mental illness which are visible (Adam Lanza moving into the basement and spending hours upon hours playing violent video games all by himself)  instead of the potential root causes, which could be entirely invisible.  Let's find the real blame, and not play into the hands of the statists who wish to abolish our Constitutional liberties.

 

 

28 posted on 12/19/2012 1:13:34 PM PST by CaptainKrunch (Just give me my freedom. I'll provide my own security.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Bingo. Let Hollywood HOWL in congressional hearings as shown on the nightly news, CSPAN, or at least on talk radio and the interwebs.

Let us all see and hear them having their noses rubbed -hard!- in their hypocrisy.

29 posted on 12/19/2012 1:19:45 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: CaptainKrunch
Politics is the art of the possible. Right now it's possible, just barely possible, to force Hollywood to decouple guns and violence in public perception.

Tell me, how would you tax mental illness? If the money grubbers in congress can't get money (or votes) out of it, they can't be bothered.

Do you really want federal authorities to decide who has invisible insanity, and act accordingly?

30 posted on 12/19/2012 1:26:15 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: null and void
but mine's simpler...

Mine's got a chance to retire the national debt...

31 posted on 12/19/2012 2:02:35 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Yeah, remember the Baltimore Bullets? Soon after they moved to DC, they changed their name to the Wizards in response to the horrific murder rate there. That really put a dent in gun crimes in DC, didnt’ it? Well, DIDN’T IT??


32 posted on 12/19/2012 2:14:07 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: null and void
While we're piling on Hollywood, how about restricting movies with gun violence?

An image of a gun on screen earns the film an R rating. Actual death/bloody gunshot wounds earn an X.

I figure as long as we're shredding the 2nd amendment, why not make it a twofer and attack the 1st?

33 posted on 12/19/2012 2:17:09 PM PST by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: C210N

True that...


34 posted on 12/19/2012 2:19:05 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: ZOOKER

Don’t be silly, congress wouldn’t get a penny from the ratings changes...


35 posted on 12/19/2012 2:20:54 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: null and void
(FR protocol demands that if someone is "called out" that they be notified. I repost my response to this thread from another thread here.)

Well, I went and read it. A foolish proposition that fixes an imaginary problem.

Blaming todays problems on violence in movies or video games (video games ARE a problem due to a different but similar reason as what is often claimed) makes us all look like the provincial idiots that this arguement is intended to.

Good job promoting it here, youve earned your paycheck.

36 posted on 01/03/2013 2:26:48 PM PST by gnarledmaw (Obama: Evincing a Design since 2009)
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