An Anonymous Coward writes:
A gunman fired upon thousands of people attending a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night, in a brutal attack that is blamed for at least 58 deaths, police say. In the mass shooting and panic that ensued, 515 people were injured. At least one of the dead is an off-duty police officer who was attending the concert.
Editorializing: Interesting how media always emphasize ISLAMIC terrorists, but downplay domestic terrorism as psychologically disturbed individual lone-wolfs.
A tax is way better than a ban. You discourage the behavior, diminish the spending power of the person enjoying their vice, and capture it in the form of government revenue.
A tax is the same as a ban. If you have to pay or ask permission, it's a privilege not a right.
For someone who often quibbles over the exact meaning of words this is a pretty terrible comparison you just made.
Only if you're talking about Class III firearms, where you require a tax stamp which will not be granted if the item in question was manufactured after the date of enactment (1968 IIRC) and other requirements were not met. Otherwise, the availability is not limited as in a ban - only the price is affected. All sales are taxed in the USA (with only a handful of exceptions). This does not mean commerce is a privilege, although I understand the argument that commerce is a privilege to those who actually have money to spend, but that's really a separate issue.
The price of a Maxim sound suppressor circa 1934 was $2.
The tax on said suppressor post-1934 is the same as it is for modern versions today: $200.
Nothing like taxing something at two orders of magnitude of its base price and calling it "not a ban".
It's up to Congress. Call your Senators and Congressmen. Tell them to pass the Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act. The SHARE Act. Very important to protect the hearing of our shooters. Some fine people are NEEDLESSLY losing their hearing, because of complicated & unnecessary regulations. @SteveScalise is a big, big supporter! 🇺🇸