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September 17th, 2013
06:35 PM ET

New push for gun control law?

Rev. Kenneth Blanchard, a former Marine, discusses keeping guns out of the hands of people who could be dangerous.

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    A Fair and Special Sales Tax Related to this Problem

    Most Republicans, especially the Tea Party group, and even a few Democrats feel that those who are costing the governments of the USA should have to pay at least a part of the related costs. So herein lies a real opportunity for those who will be coming up for re-election soon. The government/taxpayer costs related to the wrongful use of weapons, like the one in DC this week are enormous. Look at the local police, national security, business shutdown, business employee loses, physical damage to property, death-related expenses, medical and other costs of today and tomorrow for the survivors and more. When the entire nation’s costs related to the improper use of weapons like guns are added up the numbers are staggering. We have all had to pay for this no-value added cost and that is not fair. These costs relate directly to the use of weapons like guns. Those who purchase these products should also have to pay for any directly related costs and here is the fix:

    Those who sell these problem related tools, like the guns and their related shells, bullet protection clothing, etc., should have to pick up the total costs related to such incidents. This is only fair and most Americans feel that being fair is the right thing to do particularly when it comes to government costs. Now, the sellers never pay for anything as all of their costs are included in the price of their products and this is fair. Hence, this nation should setup a national sales tax for the total costs related to weapons use in the nation. Those who purchase the weapons and all related products like the shells or related chemicals needed for the self-creation of such shells need to cover the total costs related to the use of such tools of destruction. Fair is fair. A proper accounting system can easily add up all these costs which the local, state and federal governments (once taught how to use real accounting) are incurring. Next, to be close to being fair the new national sales tax surcharge on these products should be to the level that equals 110% of the totally related costs involved in every incident where these types of weapons and all related products are improperly used. Those who purchase such products which have a sole purpose to kill something or someone should pay for theses directly related costs, costs which most users of these weapons are currently unaware.

    Being fair when it comes to taxes is the only way to have a taxation system which can survive and this could become the starting point for a better America. Let us finally begin to work together to permanently repair the tax mess in which most of us now live by having the taxpayers take more personal responsibility for their personal choices.

    September 17, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
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