For much needed US Government revenue, do A YEARLY mandatory tax on ALL weapons sold including bows and arrows. All ammo MUST be taxed. Every bullet or arrow sold is to run through a computer to VERIFY REGISTERED WEAPON. The IRS is to AUDIT the person if such registration is not verified. THIS will generate much needed revenue for the US GOVERNMENT. MILLIONS of unemployed, desperate people own guns--think about that.
Recently our Government almost shut down. It costs tax payers about $2.1 billion dollars a DAY to run the government including all entitlements and defense. If the government shuts down you are going to have millions of very angry and WELL ARMED and DANGEROUS citizens rioting.
We have a serious problem with our Country: "Four out of five U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream."
"80 percent of U.S. adults face near-poverty, unemployment, survey finds." CBS News. Associated Press, 28 July 2013. Web. 29 July 2013.
All of these poor people (the majority of Americans) are frustrated, depressed, desperate.
According to the CDC in USA there were 31,672 gunshot deaths in 2010 alone. http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/fatal.html
*TAXATION IS LEGAL* SO IS OWNING WEAPONS - PUT TO THEM TOGETHER YOU HAVE TONS OF CASH FOR THE GOVERNMENT. Let Americans have their guns, but charge them for it with (sizeable) yearly renewable license fee (i.e., tax) payable to the United States Internal Revenue Service with strict fines even prison for not registering weapons as a mandatory yearly tax: Per weapon. THIS IS 100% LEGAL and does NOT infringe on the Second Amendment. Taxation is also legal.
This will give the IRS authority to maintain computer registration with all suppliers of guns, weapons, even ammunition with the ability to TRACE the purchasers whose tax records can be tapped by computer records. If not registered the IRS can and will go after them. Yes it is clever. IRS can audit guns sold (stores/pawn shops), NRA members, even hunting licenses and audit their weapons. Even every single piece of ammunition, down to a single bullet, is subject to IRS alerting system - the store outlets are required to ask for identification, and the purchaser had better be registered with the IRS - or they will go after that person and confiscate a great deal...including hefty fines. If you want your guns, you are going to PAY for it. Hefty fines for outlets who do not comply with the computer data system.
Hunters shall NOT be exempt - hunting accidents due to firearms is common. Should include bow-and-arrows. IRS can access hunting licenses and inventory guns.
Synopsis: An appeal to promote UPDATING Second Amendment rights. Back then 1700s there were only flint locks. Now we have computer technology and lasers that can kill people by the dozens at a flip of a finger.Second Amendment does not accommodate this technology-only flint locks.
$126 billion dollars in gunshot wounds yearly in USA, a surcharge should be paid (toward Social Security) renewed YEARLY to accommodate the ease and proficiency in killing and maiming individuals including children.
Further ammunition should impose a surcharge to help with Government revenue.
"WASHINGTON – Social Security will post nearly $600 billion in deficits over the next decade as the economy struggles to recover and millions of baby boomers stand at the brink of retirement, according to new congressional projections. This year alone, Social Security is projected to collect $45 billion less in payroll taxes than it pays out in retirement, disability and survivor benefits, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday."
PROBLEM: "The Social Security trust fund will be exhausted in 2037, four years earlier than predicted, it said. Spending on Social Security and Medicare totaled more than $1 trillion last year, accounting for more than one-third of the federal budget."
*A REALLY BAD PROBLEM AND QUESTION*: Just how many people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia own guns?
REALLY* BAD PROBLEM:
"The number of people affected by Alzheimer's is growing at a rapid rate, and the increasing personal costs will have significant impact on the world's economies and health care systems," said Harry Johns, President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association." In the USA, every 70 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer's disease, and as many as 5.3 million people live with the memory-destroying illness, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Dementia triples health care costs for those over the age of 65."
SOLUTION: Gun ownership surcharges.
Second Amendment: When the Constitution was penned in the late 1700's Colonial times, the only weapons available back then was the flint lock; even gunpowder was manually loaded. We came a long way, but still applying 1700's standards to today's laws: These days we have high powered automatic weapons, machine guns, rifles, etc., even equipped with computer and laser technology that can kill dozens of people at a flip of a finger with razor sharp precision. The original Second Amendment does not accommodate our powerful technology - only flint locks. To see these ancient guns:
Re: MUCH NEEDED LAW: YEARLY RENEWED LICENSE FOR GUN OWNERSHIP WITH SURCHARGE FOR HEALTH CARE
With today's guns, it's far too easy to kill people. All it takes is a flick of a finger and the deed is done-which makes them more dangerous. In the 1700's they had to be individually loaded including gunpowder. Which gives appropriate time to think before using. THESE DAYS IT'S ALL AUTOMATIC WHICH MEANS PEOPLE SHOOT AT THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT, without thinking.
Did you know one out of four Americans have a mental illness and are carrying guns?
Per the National Institute of Mental Health: "Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year."
These mentally disturbed individuals for the most part, carry guns because they are more paranoid. Look at the stats below at the high number of suicides, and homicides! Fact is mentally ill people love guns due to obsessive paranoia!
Our UNSTABLE economic and sociological times, even more unstable with high unemployment-makes it MORE dangerous - guns are too easy to own, too easy to use, too easy to discharge, too easy to kill. I am by NO MEANS advocating the elimination of guns which is protected by our Constitution, BUT I am proposing responsibility and the estimated $126 billion dollars a year to treat gunshot wounds in American every year-SOMETHING has to pay for that. Owning a gun means a person can potentially easily kill another-there is FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY - and SHOULD have fiscal responsibility behind gun ownership - which is why a yearly surcharge is required. Guns kill. They should require a license - renewed yearly - with a surcharge to pay for all of the gunshot wounds in America. A person willing to pay such surcharges also represents responsibility behind gun ownership.
(1) FACT: GUNS, RIFLES, INCLUDING BB GUNS AND AIR RIFLES cost billions in health care to treat.
COST: Annually, gunshot wounds cost an estimated U.S.$126 billion (2004 estimate, which probably doubled by now). Medical technology and population vastly increased from Colonial times, which back then consisted of biting the bullet, amputations, and using leeches to bleed patients.
(2) FACT!: In 2004 (the most recent year for which data is available), there were 29,569 gun deaths in the U.S:
16,750 suicides (56% of all U.S gun deaths),
11,624 homicides (40% of all U.S gun deaths),
649 unintentional shootings, 311 from legal intervention and 235 from undetermined intent (4% of all U.S gun deaths combined).
-Numbers obtained from CDC National Center for Health Statistics mortality report online, 2007
(3) CHILDREN EPIDEMIC GETTING KILLED BY GUNS-more so than by disease:
The Children's Defense Fund's most recent data (published in 2004; "Protect Children Instead of Guns 2004") show that gunfire killed 2,911 American children and teens in 2001, which equals "one child every three hours, eight children every day, and more than fifty children every week" for that year. In fact, more children and teenagers were killed by gunfire than from cancer, pneumonia, and influenza combined.
Youths in the United States have a one in 1,339 chance of being killed by gunfire before the age of twenty. They are also sixteen times more likely to be murdered with a gun, eleven times more likely to commit suicide with a gun, and nine times more likely to be accidentally killed by a gun than children in other industrialized countries.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports an average of four deaths per year caused by BB guns or pellet rifles ("BB Guns Can Kill," October 2004).
Read more: Guns and Youth - Children Injured And Killed By Gunfire - Pellet, Injuries, Related, Deaths, Firearm, and Injury http://www.libraryindex.com/pages/1779/Guns-Youth-CHILDREN-INJURED-KILLED-BY-GUNFIRE.html#ixzz1BDAOk2nl
SOLUTION: A GUN LICENSE SURCHARGE must be imposed and gun licenses must be renewed YEARLY; THIS surcharge is to apply toward health care to help pay for the injuries. Those people who ALREADY own a gun must get a new license within six moths or revocation of the gun.
Each gun and rifle requires an individual license, and surcharge imposed for each license renewed yearly (e.g., if a person owns three rifles and two guns, that makes five separate licenses to pay for yearly.)
The gun license-per weapon-must be renewed yearly. The cost of surcharge may escalate if the cost of health care increases.
Air guns and BB guns must to have such a surcharge and the parents require licensure renewed yearly to help pay for the cost of air gun and BB gun injuries.
Note: Bow and arrows are also weapons, and should be surcharged; though injuries from these weapons is less, the results are almost always fatal.
"According to information released by the International Hunter Education Association, the U.S. and Canada combined see around 1,000 hunting accidents, specifically involving shooting injuries, on an ANNUAL basis."
EXEMPTIONS: Law enforcement and military, but only weapons issued in the line of duty. Personal use weapons are surcharged. Non-functioning (non-firing), and guns that are genuine antiques 150 years or older, are also exempt-providing they not be used. Children toy guns that do not discharge pellets or bullets.
PENALTIES: Ownership of an unregistered weapon is $50,000.00 fine per weapon paid to the US Treasury, and one full year in prison (due to the potential of killing people)-per weapon.
PS-Where the Representative got shot in Arizona, there was soon a gun show. Look at the photos. This is sick as it is crude including high powered machine guns...
Curbing Gun Violence Lessons From Public Health Successesm Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH; David Hemenway, PhD; David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, JAMA. 2013;():1-2. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.38.