In its utterly cynical effort to expand control over its citizenry and exploiting the Newtown massacre, California is proposing a slew of restrictions on gun ownership, on top of its already onerous restrictions.
When I was at the range last week, I saw a couple of ordinary looking Springfield Armory 40 cal semiautomatics that had “Not Legal For Sale in California” emblazoned on the box. I asked the clerk why they were banned in CA. He said: “The color? Who knows?”
Back in the 50′s “Banned in Boston” was a great way to juice sales of racy paperbacks. Now “Banned in California” is doing the same thing for firearms.
But back to the new proposals. One of them is to put a $.05/bullet tax on ammunition. Because, of course, “sin” taxes always work so well.
Let’s consider cigarettes, shall we? New York has deemed ciggys a major sin, and has imposed a punitive tax on them. To what effect? 61 percent of cigarettes in NY are smuggled, thereby enriching organized crime. Well played!
So what will the bullet tax do? It will be like a shot of steroids to the illegal trafficking of ammunition (and magazines and banned weapons) in CA. And who will have the comparative advantage in supplying that market? Organized crime. Drug gangs. MS-13, etc.
A classic example of the Bootleggers and Baptists phenomenon, where bluenose control freaks and psychopathic criminals are in a symbiotic relationship. And who gets f’d? Normal, law abiding people doing nobody any harm. In CA, normal folks just looking to protect themselves will be disarmed, criminal gangs will be empowered, and dipshit politicians will break their arms patting themselves on the back for their moral superiority. (Resisted using an Onanistic metaphor there. Such self-control.)
It’s at times like this when the ending refrain from this song seems so fitting:
True fact: I am wearing a tee-shirt with that logo (the cover of Rancid 2000) as I write this, and the poster from that album is right in front of me.