I have to commend the progressive socialist left for its determination to undermine the Second Amendment rights of American citizens. The left simply does not understand the simple language of “shall not be infringed.” So the latest folly emanating from one of the most liberal socialist cities in America is not at all surprising. However, I have to ask, why does an über socialist city such as Seattle cheer for a winning football team — after all, I thought the left was all about fair share and social egalitarianism
Anyway, we recently we reported here about the absolutely insane law Seattle passed to help offset the financial toll of gun violence. Instead of addressing the real problem of gun violence, the city commission decided a $25.00 tax on all firearms sales and a $.05 tax on each bullet will reduce the crime rate and pay for all those expenses incurred by the city when criminals shoot each other up.
But gun owners aren’t taking this folly lying down.
As reported by Yahoo News, “Three gun rights groups, including the National Rifle Association, sued the city of Seattle on Monday over its adoption of a so-called “gun violence tax.” The complaint was filed Monday in King County Superior Court by the NRA, the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, along with two gun owners and two gun shops. It called the tax legally unenforceable because Washington state prohibits local governments from adopting laws related to firearms unless those local ordinances are specifically authorized by the state.
“The ordinance serves only as a piece of propaganda, because the ordinance’s mandates are legally unenforceable,” the lawsuit said. “The state of Washington has the exclusive right to regulate the sale of firearms in Washington, and cities may not enact local laws or regulations related to the sale of firearms.” The Seattle City Council unanimously approved the tax this month, along with a companion measure requiring gun owners to file reports if their weapons are stolen or lost. The lawsuit does not challenge the reporting requirements.”
Now, I must first ask, what if a city in America decided not to allow same-sex marriages? We brought up this issue previously, because how can the Supreme Court demand states accept same-sex marriage yet allow states and cities to have mandates, regulations, and laws that violate the Second Amendment rights of American citizens? What I just admire about the liberal progressive left is its complete and total disregard for legal standing or precedence when it doesn’t fit their ideological agenda — same-sex marriage does; legal gun ownership does not.
Now, to the argument presented by the Seattle City Council– it reflects the true nature of the progressive left. They do not see individuals but rather collective groups. And so it becomes necessary to punish an unrelated group of law-abiding American citizens because they participate in an activity, which the left despises. It is inane and delusional to use taxation — but typical of the left — as a coercive means to modify the behavior of law-abiding citizens. Consider how absolutely absurd it is to say that citizens seeking to legally purchase a firearm — their individual right — must pay a tax because of others’ criminal behaviors.
So, if all of a sudden deaths by hammers increase in America, shall the lunatic fringe of the progressive socialist left institute a “hammer tax” Why not? Or should we tax knives as a result of stabbings (or just stop selling them, like IKEA did after a jihadist beheaded a shopper in the store)?
I have a better idea. How ‘bout we punish the criminal and stop with this shared pain belief which just masks the real intent — curbing gun ownership and ammunition purchase. I have no issue with reporting a lost or stolen weapon – that’s common sense and trust me, gun owners are happy to do that. And if my stolen weapon is recovered, well, give it back to me, no funny federal ATF business.
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