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  •  I agree that it is not a way to directly address (4+ / 0-)

    the gun carnage, but just like with tobacco it would affect how expensive it is to buy the ammo and at some tax point it will reduce the amount of bullets purchased, which will indirectly reduce the number of bullets put into people.

    As far as suicides taking only one bullet, that may be the case in many/most suicides, but with Adam Lanza it took 154 bullets (plus the one he used to kill his mom).

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Thu May 30, 2013 at 01:02:55 PM PDT

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    •  I get it: It's YOUR idea, and you love it (4+ / 0-)

      But the tobacco analogy really doesn't work:

      The more people who smoke, the more people get sick and the numbers are immense.

       It is believed  (on rather thin evidence) that raising the tobacco tax motivates some people to quit and others not to start in the first place.  

      Whether or they modify behavior,  "sin taxes" are very traditional  in this country -- and therefore are passed by legislatures and tolerated by citizens

      In practice, it has taken over 50 years of classroom lessons, physicians' lectures  and public service advertising,  in addition to rising prices, to convince a strong majority of Americans  that smoking tobacco is NOT the hallmark of adulthood/manhood/sophistication.  

      My "take" is that the peer pressure that established cigarette smoking as the "done thing" between 1920 and 1980-something now discourages it as an expensive, ill-smelling habit that spoils the furniture.

      It will be hard to "prove" that "fewer people using firearms legally and responsibly will  equate to fewer people people using firearms criminally and crazily.  Probably because ... it WON'T.

      Certainly closing all the gun shop and confiscating all the guns might result in crime statistics of a more European variety.  But by the time the Political Will for THAT comes to be,  the Messiah will have already come ... judged the living and the dead ... remade the World -- and forgiven the Lost and the Fallen.  (I ain't holdin' my breath.)

      The  process of  "Guns are Bad" public education (analogous to the past 50 years' anti-smoking propaganda)  is in embryonic form, at best.

      Opposing it is a well funded, well organized grass roots movement in support of a multi-BILLION dollar industry that believes to the very depth of their beings that "Guns are Patriotic/Masculine/Necessary/Protected by the Consitution"  

      ... and it's not as if those advocating domestic arms limitation measures have gotten much past "Guns, in the wrong hands,  are sometimes dangerous."

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