The Daily Caller is really on a roll. Don’t ask me why, but for some reason I ended up lolling around Tucker’s dog salon for a bit earlier today. And boy howdy, they sure know how to piss their fur.
From the GUNS AND GEAR department:
Seattle Gun Tax Backfires As Gun-Related Deaths Double
Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess introduced a bill in 2015 to place a $25 tax on every firearm sold and a 5-cent tax on every ammunition round sold.
Since the tax took effect, gun violence has risen and gun sales have decreased, leading to a much smaller payout than the city expected, Fox News Reports.
25 bucks on a $500 rifle is practically nothing. Nonetheless Seattle’s wingnuts have begun throwing their guns into Puget Sound out of fiscal anxiety, or something. That’s the only way I can imagine the marginal slowing of gun sales causing the simultaneous disarming and discombobulation of the populace.
Dave Workman, senior editor of TheGunMag.com and member of the Second Amendment Foundation, said in a statement “the data says the law has failed to prevent what they promised it would prevent.”
Burgess promised an end to gun violence? That doesn’t sound likely. Taxes are usually meant for something else.
The $300,000 to $500,000 the tax is expected to raise this year is earmarked to fund a study of gunshot victims, including medical and behavioral interventions, by the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center’s trauma center, which treats most of the city’s gunshot victims.
To Burgess, it’s good public policy.
“Designing a program where doctors, social workers and case managers attempt to help people who have been injured by firearms is not some wild-eyed, kooky, strange thing,” he said. “It’s what we would do for any kind of health challenge.”
So not only is Burgess a total gun-grabbing loon, he’s a bleeding heart as well. To make matters worse, he’s been keeping his intentions to abolish the second amendment hidden the entire time. This of course makes it convenient to ignore the countywide crime wave his multi-penny bullet tax launched. Good catch, Daily Caller.
Per the Seattle Police Department, when comparing the first five months of 2017 and the five months prior to the bill taking effect, shots fired are up 13 percent, people injured in shootings are up 37 percent, and gun related deaths have doubled.
…of course you go back to the source for the data, and that’s not what it says. In early-year comparisons between gunshot incidents resulting in injuries, 2016 had 22 injuries and 5 fatalities. And 2017 has had 32 injuries and 3 fatalities. So, you know, bullshit. Though I suppose it’s possible gun loons are taking the usual potshots at each other and then racing headlong trying to recover their spent gold. That would account for the rise in injury stats, as well as for the cacophony of coconut-bonking noises.
Sorrowfully our writer, one Will Atkins, is too stump stupid to realize that the rise in gunshot incidents argues directly for the tax, since it was designed for just such things. Still I must admire his “GUN TAX CRIPPLES CITY ALIEN INVASION” angle, or attempt, nonsense as it is.
Do we have time for one more? Okay, this from the ENERGY department:
Deadly London Tower Fire Fueled By ‘Green Energy’ Rules
London’s Grenfell Tower was made worse by government “green energy requirements” that allowed fire to rapidly engulf the building Wednesday, leaving at least 17 people dead and scores more wounded or missing…
Oh bravo. While the corpses are still smoldering, really.