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  •  If the tax is a small percentage (2+ / 0-)
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    pistolSO, entlord

    and fixed in the code with a high threshold requirement to increase it, then I can support that. I don't want it to become a burden on those who are of limited means. I think at least part of the money should go to the ATF for enforcement.

    A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by notrouble on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 03:47:27 PM PST

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    •  I'd love to help fund ATF this way. (2+ / 0-)
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      Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

      by Smoh on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 04:25:10 PM PST

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      •  Simple taxation (1+ / 0-)
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        CA wildwoman

        should be more than sufficient to fund ATF. As is the case for the SEC in the financial district, the bad actors are the ones buying the politicians who determine funding. So these agencies assigned important regulatory tasks are left to die on the vine with preposterously small budgets and drastically insufficient staffing. On purpose.

        The gas tax is different because so many millions of people use the roads, which are expensive to maintain and without which business cannot function. But the gun owning community is not so enormous or active that we can expect to generate huge funds from taxing gun sales, or the like. We're all our brother's keepers. We should all be paying for ATF to do their jobs. If victims of gun violence have little recourse when it comes to medical expenses, that's hardly going to be eased by a sales tax scenario. If the plight of victims in general were important to this country, we wouldn't be locked up in this phony quandary in the first place, we would simply apply Australian rules and be done.

        •  I disagree. There should be a fund for victims. (0+ / 0-)

          And it should be funded by those buying guns and ammo.  It seems like at least you don't care about the plight of victims.

          Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

          by Smoh on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 06:27:15 AM PST

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