Thursday, January 24, 2013

Gun/Ammo Tax to Fund School Security?

Putting the "responsible" back into "...gun owners," the idea below makes a whole lot of sense.

Don't get me wrong, arming and securing every public place is one of the worst solutions to our gun problem, but school safety programs discontinued when Republicans slashed their states education funding could return with this new logical source of revenue.  
eschoolnews: One Florida lawmaker wants to make gun owners foot the bill for students' safety. Friday Rep. Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) filed HB 325, which dictates mandatory guidance counseling for students in school safety issues, widens gun prohibition from school buildings to a "safety zone" within 500 feet of a school, and allows anyone to "check" their firearm with officials when they arrive at a school to avoid prosecution … Stewart proposes creating a Safe School Trust Fund (HB 327) within the Department of Education, and she wants it funded by taxes collected on Florida gun and ammo sales.

Likewise, a group of Harvard professors recently called for a new national tax on all guns and ammunition as a way to "provide stable revenue to meaningfully target gun violence prevention,” according to MSN.
Remarkably, the online poll defies logic (I was able to vote twice):

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