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Tacoma City Council approves taxes on guns and ammunition

Tacoma Councilmember Ryan Mello

The city modeled this tax after the Seattle gun tax which was designed to “improve gun safety.”

How’d that work out for Seattle? Well, Seattle has seen a 16 percent increase in aggravated assaults involving a firearm compared to the same periods in 2017 and 2018.

So without valid evidence that this gun and ammo tax actually decreases gun violence, Tacoma decided to implement it anyway.

Q13 Fox reports that the Tacoma City Council unanimously approved this new tax which includes a $25 tax on firearm purchases. Ammunition will be taxed at 2 cents per round for .22 caliber or less and 5 cents per round for all other ammunition. For those who like to shoot at the range, that will add up pretty quickly in a months’ worth of practice.

Council member Ryan Mello, inflicted with TDS, proposed the new tax. That’s because Tacoma is also experiencing an increase in gun violence this year. So of course the councilmember looked to punish law-abiding gun owners policy to solve gun violence.

Just because a gun and ammo tax in Seattle didn’t do anything to decrease gun violence doesn’t mean it won’t work in Tacoma, right?

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What do ‘ya know: WA State gun control laws haven’t prevented increase in shootings in Tacoma

From my blog post on June 27 of this year:

“At the end of May this year I did a blog post entitled, “How’s that gun control working in Washington State since new laws were passed?”

I outlined how former presidential candidate demorat Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bunch of new gun control laws on May 7 claiming that they would “improve gun safety overall.”

The new laws included:

Statutory law prohibits firearms to persons under 21 years of age.
Police may temporarily seize guns from people a judge deems a threat to themselves or others.

In November 2018, voters approved I-1639 that includes increased background checks, firearm safety training, waiting periods before semiautomatic assault rifles may be purchased or delivered, and require certain secured firearm storage or trigger-locks, and criminalize certain firearm storage if it results in unauthorized use.

Of course these laws did NOTHING to stop criminals. As I noted in my post, “Seattle had more than one reported shooting a day somewhere in the city during the month of May; two of those incidents resulted in death.”

Guess the criminals missed the memo because gun violence continues in Washington state.

Read about all the shootings that still occurred despite the new gun control laws in Washington State.

The city of Tacoma has experienced an “uptick” in murders. On average, there are 16 murders every year in Tacoma. In 2019, there has already been 22.

Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell discussed a recent uptick in violence in a video on Twitter where he discussed their strategy to mitigate the violence. Pay attention criminals as there’s an important hashtag: #TacomaCeaseFire!

Last Wednesday, residents of Tacoma tried another strategy to get criminals to stop shooting: A ‘Drums not Guns’ march! From a KOMO News report:

“The protest called “Drums not Guns” was a march for peace after a violent summer with countless shootings involving youth and young adults, many of which were fatal.

The march for peace is a first step for change, according to demonstrators.

“I think some things are really going to change around here. At some point, we got to say enough is enough,” said Danny Leonard, who is a member of the Puyallup Tribe.

Neighbors are calling for a stronger transit system, safer streets and sidewalks. Plus, more programs and space to support and build community.

“Kids are afraid. Kids don’t have safe places. Safe people in their lives, and we need all of our kids and our families and community members to have safe places and safe people in their lives,” said Smith.

Smith added that East Tacoma needs more resources and places for kids to go.

The gathering and march is the first step that neighbors hope will be the start of improving in the community they love.”

Read all about the march here.

While the demorats who rule Washington state pretend that gun control laws will solve all their problems, they ignore the REAL issue: gang violence.

Jason Rantz reports for MyNorthwest.com that Loretta Cool, spokesperson for the Tacoma Police Department, told the Tacoma News Tribune that “gang violence has not increased.” However, gang members are involved.

The mental gymnastics are fantastic on this spin:

“What we’re seeing is people who are identified as gang members are some of the people who are committing crimes,” Cool insisted, “but the crimes are more interpersonal relationship related or just that individual that’s committing a crime and though that person may be identified as a gang member, that doesn’t mean that it’s a gang-related crime.”

Read the whole baloney here.

If you insist on being politically correct yet can’t identify the REAL source of a problem, you can never solve it.

But that’s the typical strategy of progressives: Pretend to be doing something (in a PC-manner, of course), implement new laws to stop associated bad behaviors and spend lots of taxpayer dollars while trying to solve said problem.

When that solution isn’t achievable by your “compassionate” and “caring” policies, then maybe you can implement your original, ultimate objective.

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Tacoma councilmember has the solution to gun violence: More taxes!

This year Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed a bunch of new gun control laws that would “improve gun safety overall.”

The city of Tacoma had three gun homicides this past month. Turns out you can never make enough laws to guarantee good behavior from people who are willing to break the law.

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Shocker, not: Washington state gun laws didn’t prevent ICE detention center Antifa goon from illegally obtaining firearm

Antifa terrorist Van Spronsen taken out by law enforcement

The man who was shot to death outside of the Tacoma immigration detention center was a self-described Antifa anarchist identified as William Van Spronsen (69 years old). He showed up at the facility armed with a rifle and was throwing “incendiary devices.”

Police shot him dead.

According to journalist Andy Ngo, who himself was attacked by Antifa goons in Portland, Tacoma police say the dead man aimed his rifle at officers & refused to drop the gun. He was shot & killed by them. The rifle was recovered at the scene & appears to have malfunctioned during his attack.

Now the News Tribune reports that this dead Antifa anarchist should never have been in possession of a gun. From their report:

“His now ex-wife wrote in a petition seeking a protection orders in January that Van Spronsen talked of dying at the hands of police or of an intentional heroin overdose and that he took their school-age son to what she called militia meetings.

“He would also talk about dying for a cause and anarchist actions,” she wrote, among other concerns. “This was near the end of our marriage. I found it very scary and upsetting because I believed he would do it, even if it hurt someone and even if he died as a result.”

The protection order that followed in February made it illegal for him to have firearms.

Read the whole story here.

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Armed Antifa man dies in Washington State after threatening police at illegal alien detention center

Antifa terrorist Van Spronsen taken out by law enforcement

Funny, on Sunday afternoon I searched for the perp’s name on CNN, MSNBC, HuffPo, CBS News, Slate, and Vox News and found ZERO stories related to this dead Antifa goon. Imagine my surprise…

From BBC: An armed man who attacked an immigration detention centre in the US city of Tacoma died after police officers opened fire, authorities say.

Police said they received reports that a man, armed with a rifle, was throwing “incendiary devices” at the Northwest Detention Center early on Saturday.

He was later identified as Willem Van Spronsen, who was reportedly involved in an earlier protest at the centre.

The shooting came a day before a major deportation operation was due to begin. The raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials will target hundreds of immigrant families across 10 cities who have recently been ordered deported but have not yet left the country. It marks the latest move in US President Donald Trump’s crackdown on migration.

Sunday’s raids are not expected to affect Tacoma.

A police spokesperson told Reuters the incident on Saturday took place several hours after a peaceful rally outside the Washington state facility protesting against immigrant detentions.

In a statement, the Tacoma Police Department said the four police officers involved in the shooting had been placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure in such cases, and an investigation into the incident was underway.

Police arrived at the privately run Northwest Detention Center at about 04:00 local time (11:00 GMT) after receiving reports that a man was throwing “incendiary devices” at the facility and at vehicles in the car park, the statement said. The man allegedly set a vehicle on fire and attempted to ignite a propane tank and set buildings on fire.

Officers said he was wearing a satchel and carrying flares.

Tacoma Police Department confirmed that all four officers opened fire on the suspect, while it remains unclear if he fired at the officers. He was found shot dead at the scene. A police official said it could not yet be confirmed who was responsible for his death.

Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Van Spronsen, a man in his late 60s, on Saturday night, according to local media reports.

He was reportedly accused of assaulting a police officer during a protest at the same centre last year.

Court documents cited by local media outlets said he wrapped his arms around the officer’s neck and shoulders, as the officer was trying to detain another protester. After handcuffing him, police found that he had a collapsible baton and folding knife in his pocket.

A friend of Van Spronsen described him to the Seattle Times newspaper as an anarchist and anti-fascist. She said she believes he planned to provoke a fatal conflict with his actions on Saturday. “I think this was a suicide. But then he was able to kind of do it in a way that spoke to his political beliefs,” she said.

Northwest Detention Centre holds migrants pending deportation proceedings and has also held immigration-seeking parents separated from their children, the Associated Press reports.

GEO Group, which runs the facility, told the Associated Press that “baseless accusations” about how detainees are treated there “have led to misplaced aggression and a dangerous environment for our employees, whose safety is our top priority”.

Read the whole story here.

See also:

After Portland mayhem, Antifa domestic terrorists plan to disrupt July 6 D.C. Free Speech Rally
Obama administration’s DHS/FBI identified Antifa as domestic terrorists in April 2016
Antifa terrorists at Portland rally assault, spit, and expose butt
Liberal utopia of Portland, Oregon: Antifa thugs block traffic, hurl racial slurs & threaten violence at motorists

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How’s that gun control working in Washington State since new laws were passed?

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee was urging the passage of bills enforcing safe gun storage and enhanced background checks when buying or selling assault weapons. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) ORG XMIT: WATW110

Washington State has some strict gun control laws. Presidential candidate demorat Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bunch more of new laws on May 7 saying, “Our state is a leader on #gunsafety but more work is needed to protect our students & the people of WA. That’s why today I am so happy to sign bills that ban untraceable ghost guns, keep guns away from our most vulnerable Washingtonians & improve gun safety overall.”

Some of their gun control laws include the following (from Wikipedia):

Statutory law prohibits firearms to persons under 21 years of age.

Police may temporarily seize guns from people a judge deems a threat to themselves or others.

In November 2018, voters approved I-1639 that includes increased background checks, firearm safety training, waiting periods before semiautomatic assault rifles may be purchased or delivered, and require certain secured firearm storage or trigger-locks, and criminalize certain firearm storage if it results in unauthorized use.

So of course, shootings must be down since the new laws were enacted, right? Wrong.

In the last month, Seattle has had more than one reported shooting a day somewhere in the city; two of those incidents resulted in death.

Here’s a summary of recent shootings in Washington:

Deadly shooting in Seattle fourth shooting scene across Puget Sound area in 12 hours (May 29)

Woman, 2 Children Hurt In Shooting At Seattle’s Pritchard Beach (May 27)

Two more shootings after fatal Central District incident in Seattle (May 11)

Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of Everett woman (May 25)

Man allegedly hiding drugs in butt accidentally shoots himself in testicles (This man has 13 felonies yet somehow obtained a firearm; May 22)

East Central (Spokane) shooting victim crawled through window, was discovered by residents who’d never met him (May 22)

Rockford shooting suspect arrested in Washington state (May 8)

Fight among three generations of men escalates into gunfire (In Everett; May 29)

Woman shot in the face at Marine Park in Tacoma (May 7)

Overnight shooting in Tacoma (May 7)

Silly demorats…

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