Otis Rolley said he would, if elected, propose a $1 per bullet tax on all bullet purchases in the city. The idea was part of an overall crime plan he unveiled Tuesday. “This is not a revenue enhancement tool,” Rolley said of the tax idea. “It’s a ‘make it difficult for you to buy bullets in the city’ tool.“
Rolley said the measure would cause a decrease in “random firings that too often happen around holidays” and put a high price tag on the cost of committing a crime. “While the courts have consistently ruled against significant gun control legislation, there is still a way to decrease crime: substantially increase the cost of its commission,” Rolley’s plan states.
“Increasing the cost of guns won’t work, because many criminals don’t purchase new guns, and they can be borrowed or even rented in some areas,” his plan states.
Decrease random firings around holidays? Increasing taxes on alcohol might help that. But this “bullet tax” idea is just plain stupid. If a criminal wants to commit a shooting, they are going to do it one way or another, even if they have to steal the bullets.
(I know, my picture is somewhat related…I just thought they were cools shoes!)
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