Attempts at gun control appear to have backfired more times than actual firearms ever have.
The liberal city of Seattle decided to combine two of their favorite policies, and implement gun control in the form of taxes. Seattle politicians eagerly passed a $25 tax per gun sold in the city and a 5-cent tax on bullets back in 2015. The tax was projected to bring in somewhere between $300,000 and $500,000 annually, which would be used to “study” gun violence. It’s interesting how liberals propose taxing guns and fast food to reduce their usage, but don’t think that taxing work discourages work…. but that’s a topic for a whole other article.
Anyway, how has that been working out for them? According to Fox, when the City of Seattle passed a tax on all sales of guns and ammunition, the measure was hailed as a way to defray the rising costs of gun violence.
But since the tax took effect, those costs have only risen as gun violence in the city has surged. And the tax has apparently brought in much less than city leaders projected it would.
“How much data do you need?” asked Dave Workman, senior editor of TheGunMag.com and member of the Second Amendment Foundation. “The data says the law has failed to prevent what they promised it would prevent.”
The measure easily passed and took effect January 1, 2016. Comparing the first five months of 2017 with the same period before the gun tax went into effect, reports of shots fired are up 13 percent, the number of people injured in shootings climbed 37 percent and gun deaths doubled, according to crime statistics from the Seattle Police Department.
Seattle officials refuse to say how much the tax brought in the first year, only giving the number “under $200,000.” Gun rights groups have sued to get the exact amount.
But Mike Coombs, owner of Outdoor Emporium, the last large gun dealer left in Seattle, said the actual tax revenue is almost certainly just over $100,000, a figure based on information he says the city shared with his lawyers.
Coombs said storewide, sales are down 20 percent while gun sales have plummeted 60 percent.
“I’ve had to lay off employees because of this,” Coombs said. “It’s hurting us, it’s hurting our employees.”
So legal gun sales did decline – but gun violence “paradoxically” increased despite that. Perhaps some liberals in Seattle will glean from this that criminals don’t tend to obtain their firearms legally.
We won’t hold our breath.