Connecticut State Rep Jillian Gilchrest (D-13) recently introduced a bill that would tax ammunition.
HB 5700 would impose a 50% tax increase on ammo. Law enforcement and military are exempt from this tax, but if you’re a Connecticut, you’re out of luck.
Naturally, gun owners have been up in arms about this blatant infringement on their right to self-defense. On the other hand, Gilchrest has been completely befuddled at the backlash she has received from gun owners.
In a tweet, she even went out of her way to question the amount of ammo one needs to defend their home: “I’m hearing push back about the need to protect one’s home… but how much ammunition does someone really need to do that?”
Gilchrest’s remarks are just a firm reminder of how out of touch gun control advocates are with their constituents. For those living in tough neighborhoods, the more ammo the merrier. Any form of gun control that impede an individual’s ability to defend themselves and their home could be a matter of life and death.
Bills like HB 5700 are no outlier in Connecticut politics. Connecticut has a proven track record as an anti-gun State. It was one of the forerunners in establishing red flag gun confiscation orders. After a shooting took place at a State Lottery headquarters, Connecticut passed the nation’s first red flag law.
Since the Newtown shooting on December 14, 2012, Connecticut became one of the leading states promoting gun control. Shortly after the shooting, Connecticut enacted a law that required universal background checks for firearms purchase and banned magazines that held more than 10 rounds of ammo.
Ammo taxes are essentially sin taxes that are used to discourage certain types of unsavory behaviors. However, like most government interventions, they come with unintended consequences. Ammo taxes are ultimately passed onto consumers, especially the poor. For a party that claims to be the champions of the poor, Democrats sure seem to like pushing for legislation that hurts their interests.
Additionally, ammo taxes will do nothing to stop crime. What most gun controllers don’t want to hear is that criminals will just turn to the black market to acquire firearms and the necessary ammunition to carry out their illegal activities. It’s the law-abiding citizens that ultimately lose out when the government encroaches on gun rights.
Ammo taxes are a big government double whammy as the government not only intrudes on an individual’s right to bear arms, but now it gets to collect additional revenues through taxation. Increased revenues will allow it grow more bloated and even more intrusive.
Let’s not fall for the feel-good rhetoric. Ammo taxes are just another form of gun control that makes it harder for people to defend themselves. And this time, the government gets a cut for infringing on your rights by slapping on a tax.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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