For all of the arguments for and against gun ownership, the ultimate truth is that guns are simply tools, wielded by man to perform specific functions. And without all the proper components for that tool to work properly, it becomes nothing more than molded metal and forged mechanisms.
Which is why a new bill being put forth in Congress when they return from vacation on Sept. 9 is aimed not at restricting firearms and ammunition from the public, but instead, pricing both guns and ammo out of reach for a large group of Americans by increasing the taxes on their purchase.
A 50 percent federal tax on ammunition and a 20 percent federal tax on guns — up from 11 percent on both now — has been proposed by two Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Revenue from the steep new taxes in "The Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2013," introduced by U.S. Reps. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., would be earmarked to pay for such things as school resource officers and programs to reduce violence. - Times Free Press
Ammunition prices have already skyrocketed in the past year as the combination of increased purchases by the public, and a stockpile of over one billion rounds by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has tightened supplies across the nation. In fact, in some places across the country, ammunition prices have doubled since last December, and if this bill were to pass through Congress, an additional $25 may be added to the cost of buying just 500 rounds of .22LR, which is one of the most popular calibers.
Not since the Y2K scare of 13 years ago has the demand for guns and ammunition been so great. Added to this is the decrease in law enforcement around the country as municipalities come under massive budget constraints, with people are being tasked with providing their own protection against criminals and increasing violence.
Like most crises in America, the public is most often reactionary, rather than preparatory, when an event occurs that affects their lives in a dramatic way. And this mentality usually leads to large portions of society rushing out to buy necessary items at the last minute, causing shortages and large increases in prices. Thus the shortages in ammunition over the past year can be tied in part to the massive increase in public stockpiling for a societal environment that is becoming more chaotic at both economic, and political levels.
It is unlikely that this new bill in Congress will reach President Obama's desk to be turned into law, but the public needs to be more aware of the avenues our government is taking to push an agenda of gun restrictions on the people, through both economic and political processes. By increasing taxes dramatically, fewer and fewer people will be able to afford the convenience of personal protection, using a right that has been part of our nature since the establishment of the country.