Last year, after a great deal of wrangling in the courts, Seattle instituted a tax on the sales of firearms and ammunition, of $25 per firearm and “between 2 to 5 cents” per round of ammunition. The tax was supported by Seattle City Countil President Tim Burgess, who stated the following justification for the tax:
Burgess has said Seattle’s tax is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. Solyanik and other critics of the ordinance have questioned that, saying the tax won’t raise much at all if it drives the city’s few remaining gun stores out of town.
Free Market Shooter has covered a litany of tax increases instituted by the state that have turned out to be complete failures. Almost always, the state implements the tax expecting to collect revenue on previous tax receipts, with nothing factored into how citizens will alter their behavior to adjust for the tax.
But in the case of Seattle’s tax, did the state actually expect and want it to fail?
Yesterday, Zerohedge published an article detailing the agribusiness giant Monsanto being caught red-handed colluding with the EPA regarding their weed-killer Roundup:
Finally, when all else fails, you call in those “special favors” in Washington D.C. that you’ve paid handsomely for over the years.
And that’s where Jess Rowland, the EPA’s Deputy Division Director for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and chair of the Agency’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee, comes in to assure you that he’s fully exploiting his role as the “chair of the CARC” to kill any potentially damaging research…”if I can kill this I should get a medal.”
It’s not as if this is the first time Monsanto has used its political influence to skirt the law and market their dangerous products to consumers, not just in the U.S. but globally. They even admitted as much in 2005, when the company paid a fine for bribing an Indonesian official:
On Monday, Senator Jon Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act to Congress. As The Hill reported, the significance of this bill to concealed carry permit holders cannot be understated:
The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act introduced Monday by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) would require states to recognize gun permits from law-abiding citizens in other states.
“This bill strengthens both the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and the power of states to implement laws best-suited for the folks who live there,” Cornyn said in a statement. “This legislation is an important affirmation of our Second Amendment rights and has been a top priority of law-abiding gun owners in Texas for a long time.”
This bill has been at or near the top of the NRA’s and gun rights advocates’ “wish list” for legislation (including myself) since Trump won the election. Though the removal of suppressors from NFA restrictions is a good first step, CCW reciprocity is the prize that gun rights advocates have wanted all along – and for good reason.
Donald Trump Jr. Firing Suppressed Rifle
The first push for gun rights in the upcoming Trump administration is already shaping up, and Trump hasn’t even taken office yet.
The Hearing Protection Act of 2017 (HPA) was introduced a week ago today, on Monday January 9th. The bill is aimed at removing suppressors from regulation under the National Firearms Act (NFA), which requires an extremely difficult application process and a $200 “tax stamp” to “transfer” ownership from one individual to another. The NRA sums up the truth on suppressors and the HPA below:
On Sunday, CBS’s 60 Minutes aired a report on the surge of murders and violence in Chicago. When describing the increase in violence as a “surge”, 60 Minutes is certainly not exaggerating; this year’s homicide total in Chicago is up by 56% from last year, and up almost 75% from 2013.
However, CBS is certainly exaggerating when it compares Chicago to a “war zone” – in Afghanistan, for example, US forces have averaged 300+ murders per 100,000 since the 2001 invasion. With a 2016 homicide rate of ~29 per 100,000, Chicago’s homicide rate hasn’t reached the 1992 peak of ~32 per 100,000. Can anyone recall CBS comparing Chicago to a “war zone” in the 1990s?
60 Minutes centered its coverage on a drop in stops and arrests by police, with a focus on blaming the police for creating a crime-filled environment, with scarce mention of the perpetrators behind the increase in violent crime. They also mentioned low police morale, new policies on racial profiling and police reporting, gang members posting video of confrontations with police, and “fear of becoming the next viral video” in their piece. What was conveniently left out of the entire report?
In the recent election, Nevada residents voted yes on “Ballot Question 1” by a very slim margin (less than 10,000 total votes, which was less than 1% of the total vote). The initiative requires that all private party gun transfers be subject to a federal background check through the National Instant Criminal Background Check system (NICS), which is administered by the FBI.
Notably, billionaire Michael Bloomberg spent $20 million of his own money peddling the initiative through the various gun control groups he funds, including but not limited to: Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Americans for Responsible Solutions. It seems that they didn’t bother to spend any of the money to ask a lawyer if the initiative was even legal, because on Wednesday, the Nevada Attorney General released an opinion deeming the law unenforceable. The reason for this? The FBI told the state on Dec. 14 that they will not conduct the checks as mandated by Nevada’s ballot question.
How did they let themselves get to this point? Its simple enough: because the Bloomberg groups know so little about firearms and how they are actually purchased, they overlooked one major detail that gun rights groups commonly educate first-time gun buyers on.
On Thursday night, right before Christmas, the NYPD raided a Brownsville home. They arrested the residents, and one of the officers was even brazen enough to post Snapchats of the entire affair, with the caption “Merry Christmas Its NYPD!”
Only problem? The NYPD raided the wrong house.
On Friday, the gun control group Sandy Hook Promise released a video, “Evan”. It is a short video detailing two students trading messages on a desk, without knowing who the other is. When they finally meet on the last day of school, a shooter interjects into the scene, and the video proceeds to cycle through several shots in the video that had no focus in the prior clip.
It is important to note, that the gun rights and gun control groups stand in unison on this issue – we are all working to identify troubled individuals looking to do harm, and make sure they get the attention they deserve. No one takes issue with SHP working to cut down on gun violence.
However, after closer inspection of Sandy Hook Promise and what the group has done since its inception, I do have a big issue with the group’s practices, including this video, which is very misleading at best. At worst, the group claims to offer help that it does not provide, and is disingenuously offering to educate the public as a way to promote their own gun control agenda.
Recently, I wrote an article for GotNews on why gun owners cannot trust David Petraeus to be the next Secretary of State.
The position as the nation’s top diplomat carries with it the power to negotiate treaties and sign arms control accords. Exemplified by SoS John Kerry’s actions, these treaties are oftentimes in direct contradiction to the 2nd amendment. Again, bear in mind that support of gun owners was one of the primary reasons Donald Trump won the election in the first place.
And, like Petraeus, Mitt Romney cannot be trusted by gun owners to represent their interests on the world stage. Honestly, I never trusted him when he became the Republican nominee in 2012, and establishment politicians like him are the primary reason I had voted Libertarian for years before seeing a big difference in Trump. Romney has a record of flip-flopping, doing whatever is necessary to get votes, something that is demonstrated perfectly in his position on guns.
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You should already know the top reason that General David Petraeus should be disqualified for the position of Secretary of State.
While problems in his marriage and his infidelities aren’t relevant to the role, and shouldn’t eliminate him from consideration for the job, the fact that his pillow talk with his mistress involved him unlawfully sharing classified information is demonstrative of someone who has serious errors in judgment.
If unlawfully storing classified information was one of the many things that disqualified Hillary Clinton to voters, personally sharing such information with your hand-picked “biographer” you were having an affair with should preclude President-elect Donald J. Trump from nominating Petraeus to the Secretary of State position. Who is to say a foreign spy agency wouldn’t use such knowledge to plant a female surrogate to seduce Petraeus and extract high-level classified information from him?