The municipality of Chicago, Illinois, is hard enough on gun owners. Never friendly to gun owners since the advent of Jane Byrne at City Hall in 1979 (she instituted the ban on handguns that lasted until the recent McDonald decision declared such bans unconstitutional), the Windy City boasts the most draconian—and barely constitutional—gun laws in the nation. Oddly enough, Chicago is also the murder capital of the planet. One has to wonder whether there is a connection.
Given the ink spilled regarding Chicago’s hatred for guns, gun owners, gun enthusiasts—pretty much anything gun-related—it is easy to miss the fact that Cook County, with its mostly Chicago-based Board of Commissioners, is just as bad; and to prove it, they just passed a new tax on gun sales.
According to Reuters, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle told a news conference that, “It is very important to us to tax guns because we know that guns are the sources of the incredible violence we have in our neighborhoods.” According to Preckwinkle, 29% of guns used in crimes in Chicago were purchased legally in suburban Cook County.
So…imposing a tax on those purchases is the answer?
Think about it: Since when has the government’s collection of money ever reduced violence? Here is another thing to think about: How many of those so called “gun crimes” were actually unlicensed guns being confiscated for one reason or another? How many were used in self-defense in the most violent big city in the nation? In other words, how many were used to actually commit a crime against another person?
These are not questions that Preckwinkle or any of the other creatures that run Cook County or Chicago want to answer. They simply want to punish the legal firearms trade, and they will likely drive it out of the County as customers who have the misfortune to live in the County will simply go out to DuPage or Will County to buy their firearms. That is jobs lost, businesses gone, and these liberals do not care.
They struck a blow against guns, and for them that is all that counts.