I wrote back in October about how Cook County, Illinois was reviewing a possible new tax that would be placed upon citizens who purchase firearms and ammunition. This new tax is a first, in that it would in essence be a "violence tax" where the proceeds would be used for healthcare costs of those involved in gun violence. Well the County decided to drop the ammunition tax, but uphold the gun tax and they are now going to be sticking firearms purchasers with an additional $25 tax. The tax is viewed as a form of gun control.

According to Reuters,

With Friday's vote, the nation's second most populous county with nearly 5.2 million residents becomes the first major U.S. metropolitan area to impose a tax as a form of gun control, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

The Cook County board of commissioners voted 9 to 7 to approve the firearms tax.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who proposed the handgun tax, had earlier this week abandoned an additional proposed tax of 5 cents a bullet because the tax in some cases would have exceeded the price of ammunition.

“These proposals are modest, responsible and aligned with the priorities of my administration,” Preckwinkle said after the vote. “For me, this is not about political rhetoric or counting votes. This was about solutions that work best for the residents of Cook County.”

Modest? I'd hate to see what something severe would be! These bureaucrats don't know what they are doing here. For instance, back in 2006 they jacked the taxes up on cigarettes by $1 a pack! Their collections that year shot up by $6.5 million, but within three years they collected $20.4 million less than in 2005.

Small business owners were hurt by that. One businessman even said that people either curb their smoking, quit or most likely purchase outside the county.

But again, what business does government have subsidizing health care for people in that county who are shot? The majority of them are victims of violent crime.

According to Preckwinkle 670 victims of gun violence were treated by the county's health system in 2011. The average cost was $52,000. This is in addition to the number of murders that took place in Chicago alone. Last year there were 435 murders, but this year has already surpassed that number with 443.

Well look, the average Glock handgun is about $500 brand new. Now I don't advise government paying for anything, but $500 is 1% of those shooting victims' health care costs. If the average cost per victim was $52,000 and 670 people in one year were a part of that, then the total would come to 3,484,000.00. That's enough to purchase close to three-fourths of the population a Glock 9mm or .40. Then they can defend themselves against criminals.

In fact, take it a step further. If these people were armed and trained in how to use their new weapons, think of all the criminals that would be buried in the first year. Not only would there be significant savings in healthcare, but also in court costs, legal fees, prison housing and food. Soociety would be rid of many repeat offenders. This is all assuming the criminal is killed by the law abiding citizen.

But all of this would be too easy and people would discover that they don't need government paying their bills and keeping them safe. They would have to actually depend upon themselves for their security and protection. That is just how the founder envisioned it my friends.

People like Ms. Preckwinkle and others who don't know how to govern should not be governing and this is nothing more than the long push that is coming to try and put firearms manufacturers out of business, just like they have been trying to do with cigarette manufacturers.

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