• Wait, What? Anti-Gun Liz Warren Kind of Admits Conservatives Have It Right on Taxes

    Surge Summary: In proposing a special, heightened tax on guns and ammo purchases, Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is basically admitting that conservatives are correct when they argue that higher taxes stifle economic activity. 

    Reflecting on the recent violent tragedies in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH in which dozens were killed or wounded, The Patriot Post’s Thomas Gallatin opines:

    Democrat presidential candidates clearly see these latest atrocities as an opportunity to further constrain the Second Amendment. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) on Saturday released her latest gun-grabbing scheme, in which she calls for a new “federal assault weapons ban,” banning “high-capacity ammunition magazines,” increased taxes on firearms and ammunition, longer waiting periods for firearm purchases, and holding “the manufacturer of the weapon [used in shootings] strictly liable for compensatory damages to the victim or their family.” Warren’s plan would also require “individuals already in possession of assault weapons to register them under the National Firearms Act.”

    Most of those are knee-jerk, anti-Second Amendment boilerplate, nothing particularly unexpected or original. That bit about “increased taxes on firearms and ammunition”, however? It’s piquant in a way the Massachusetts Senator surely did not intend.

    Elizabeth Warren apparently embraces a notion which other members of the radical Left have been assuring us is phony for decades now. If higher taxes applied to weapons and their accoutrements will lessen their purchase and use, doesn’t that imply in other areas high taxes can tamp down economic activity?

    Free-Market enthusiasts have long argued against raising tax rates on American workers – including on “the wealthy” – because we believe high taxes hinder entrepreneurialism, business expansion, innovativeness and hard work. Why would investors or company owners want to start new enterprises or expand on their present concerns if Uncle Sam is only going to take more and more of his/her profits? Why would an inventor want to invest huge chunks of his life developing fresh products, creative solutions or services only to see the rewards of his efforts gobbled up by an increasingly voracious State. Why would an employee want to labor more hours, shoot for additional overtime, spend time away from his family or her other interests, if state, local and federal Bigs are never-endingly claiming a larger and larger share of his/her earnings?

    At some point, sensible people throw up their hands and ask frustratedly, Why bother? I’m just going to stay home and take a nap.

    Although time and again, common sense and history have confirmed this is, point of fact, what happens when taxes increase – and when government fees and regulations, which act as a kind-of tax increase – progressives have mulishly shaken their heads and continued pressing their bloated, revenue-devouring government schemes.

    “Tax the he** out of the wealthy!” (New York Mayor Bill de Blasio). Remember that?

    Tax the rich. Make them pay their “fair share”. Raise rates on the evil corporations.

    Blah. Blah. Blah.

    From the administrations of Calvin Coolidge to JFK to Ronald Reagan to – yes! – Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and, of course most recently, Donald Trump, it’s been demonstrated: lower tax rates equal a boost to economic activity.

    That aside, the likes of Liz Warren and her fellow-travelling Leftists have slavered over taking ever more hard-earned money from Americans, ignoring the demonstrable negative fallout.

    Stephen Green August (PJ Media) adds his own thoughts:

    U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential contender Liz Warren wants to tax us gun owners back to the Stone Age, as a part of her radical gun control agenda, revealed this weekend.

    If elected, Warren promises to raise taxes on firearms and ammo purchases by 30% and 50%, respectively. …

    Never mind that illegal gun transitions won’t be subject to Warren’s punitive taxes, or that millions of us spent the Obama years stockpiling ammo. …

    Warren’s gun control push is the center of her plan to reduce gun deaths by 80%, down from around 40,000 annually. According to the most recent figures I could find, nearly two-thirds of all gun deaths are suicides. So it might seem that if your real goal was to reduce gun deaths, you’d launch some sort of national suicide prevention program rather than tax the [@#!$*] out of gun owners and all the rest. Progressive young adult infotainment site Vox says Warren’s goal is likely “downright impossible.” And even Bloomberg’s namesake publication admits that Democrats “may only manage timid steps,” and quotes law professor Jonathan Adler saying, “Most of what I’ve seen proposed is either meaningless, or it would not be lawful without legislative support.”

    What a tax-punishment on gun and ammo purchases would mean? Supplementary inconvenience and heightened costs for law-abiding citizens; an income hit on establishments selling firearms because potential customers cut back on their buying. Oh yes, we mustn’t forget: more dollars streaming into Federal Government coffers to burn on their anti-constitutional schemes.

    Green alludes to the Fourth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Marshall’s renowned dictum: “The power to tax is the power to destroy.”

    True when he said it in 1819; true two centuries later.

    If Leftists were unabashedly honest, they’d concede they want to destroy the potency of the Second Amendment. A special tax on those who actually try to walk out the implications of that constitutional right is one step toward that objective.

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