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Letter: Gun tax

School shootings, drive-bys, concerts, and just plain knocking a few people off for no reason seems to have become the norm. If you put out a daily tally of shootings, at least one each week would be with a weapon classed as an assault gun.  Most people consider an assault gun to be a rifle with the ability to shoot rapidly and utilize a large capacity magazine.

The half-wits on the Supreme Court decided that almost everyone has a constitutional right to carry a gun and I don’t think they ever said what a person can’t have. I thought laws were passed during the prohibition days making Tommy guns and sawed-off shotguns illegal. The documentary said the law didn’t ban them but made the owners pay $1,000 to own one.

Whether there was a ban or not, it wouldn’t get past the NRA’s approval and their brainwashed membership who have been told so many lies. Congress is so scared of them they wet their pants when the NRA growls.

Perhaps we should trick them by continuing to allow the sale of assault guns but slap an extra tax of $20,000 on each one and a $1,000 on each magazine capable of holding more than eight bullets. All retail stores, gun shows, or private sales, gifts and estate sales would have to pay the tax. Any gun or magazine not taxed and found outside the home will be taxed at $100,000. The gun will be confiscated until the tax is paid. This complies with the right to bear arms, but I bet you will see a lot less of them. If Congress had the guts to pass such a law without loopholes, assault guns would not be the easy-to-get weapon to kill so many of us in a couple of minutes.

Chuck Johnson

Morris

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