Representative democracy isn’t about economics. As an elected official it would be his sacred duty to carry out the will of the people that elected him. So, the real question is: just how stupid is the Baltimore electorate?
My guess? Just about stupid enough. Never underestimate the stupid vote.
This isn’t about economics or taxation it is about finding a way around outright gun control legislation. We can’t outlaw guns? Then we will tax it so it becomes prohibitively expensive to use guns. The crazy thing is that will only serve to make things less safe since gun owners won’t be able to to afford to maintain their proficiency anymore
I wonder when someone will point out to this guy how much it’ll cost the city if Gura & Co. come in and sue?
“I acquired a black-market weapon.(Sales are all registered, but for a small premium of 50%, one may buy a new pistol not far from the spaceport. They come in by the shipload, as they do anywhere the local rulers utter magic incantations to keep them out. Never let your religious beliefs get in the way of the law of supply and demand.)”
from The Weapon
The basic idea: Let’s impose a “tax” in the form of punishment for criminals who use guns to pull off their crimes. Upon convinction, that “tax” would be 2 additional years in jail for every shot fired, 3 years for each shot that injures someone.
Let’s also impose a “tax” of adding 6 months to the sentence for every round in the gun – an extra 3 years for a loaded revolver. An extra 8.5 years for a fully loaded Glock.
No cost to the law-abiding citizens except for the prison costs which are shared by all of society (even working ex-felons).
@ Tasso; It’s a good thing we’re a constitutional republic then, and not a representative democracy, huh? Or did you sing “Battle Hymn of the Democracy” back in elementary school, and pledge your allegiance to the flag, and to the democracy for which it stands?
@ Bill Caffrey; I dispatched this sort of idea 15 years ago, but maybe you’re new the debate so I’ll say it again.
What you are saying, in effect, is that chopping someone up, slowly, with an axe, starting at the feet and working up, is somehow less of a crime than shooting them with a gun.
My sister and her three year old daughter were murdered in their own home by an invader. My sister was killed with a kitchen knife and my niece was strangled to death with a shoestring. So what you’re saying is something like; “Oh, well, thank heavens the killer didnít use a gun, because that would have been really bad!”
Nice try there and all, but try again after you’ve had a chance to think about it. Crime is crime, regardless of the tool(s) used, ‘Mkay?