If you’ve been online, especially on social media, for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard the phrase “taxation is theft.” A discussion about whether that is true of every tax is not where we’re going here (this is a site about guns, after all), but you’ve, no doubt, thought that the government uses our money in ways that are just plain wrong.
And I’m sure that you would feel that way regardless of your political leanings.
Having said that, though, our story today may make you seriously consider if, sometimes, taxation really is theft. Brandon Drey writes,
The San Jose [California] City Council made history during a Jan. 25 meeting by requiring residents who own firearms to obtain liability insurance and pay an annual nonprofit fee, the first of its kind in the United States.
After four hours of discussion, debate, and public comments supporting and opposing the new law, the council voted 10–1 for the insurance requirement while the annual fee tallied in at 8–3.
“While the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, it does not require taxpayers to subsidize gun ownership,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement. “We won’t magically end gun violence, but we will stop paying for it.”
Liccardo told the council that despite different perspectives, everyone could agree to work together to reduce gun violence.
Councilwoman Devora Davis, who voted against the new regulations, was concerned that they potentially violate the Second Amendment.
“What we have before us this evening is unconstitutional,” Davis said. “And even though we have pro bono services to fight this in court, the city can still be on the hook for legal fees and potential damages if the court [rules the city’s ordinance as] unconstitutional.”
Additionally, the law will require gun owners to pay a $25 to $35 annual “gun harm reduction fee,” which funds a nonprofit organization—still under development—that invests in gun safety, mental health services, and suicide prevention.
Citizens who fail to comply with the new order could be fined or have their firearms temporarily or permanently seized.
That’s right, if you live in San Jose, California, you will have to pay to be able to have your firearms.
If this “annual fee” isn’t a tax that is, essentially, theft, then, I don’t know what is.
A bunch of Libitards just intentionally and knowingly passed a law that violated the 2nd amendment of our constitution. Your(city) legal fees are also not pro bono! They are paid in the form of taxes by people who unfortunately have to reside there. Because California courts are mostly retarded this will make it to the higher or highest federal court which will ultimately strike it down. At a minimum your “Pro Bono” legal fees are going to cost north of a million dollars before any damages are also awarded. I wished I lived their for 10 hot seconds just to take part in the lawsuit. But worst of all these morons are requiring law abiding citizens to pay “taxes” for what the criminals are doing illegally with guns. Not to mention the horrible California justice system turning the worst criminals back out on society because the “cops” are supposedly the problems. To many dumb “Woke” people are now in charge! Just more proof besides ( AOC, Talib, Omar) that you don’t have to be intelligent to get elected, rather the people that vote you in are utterly stupid . Good luck America it is only going to get worse before we make it better!
i wouldn’t pay absolutely nothing to these morons , i would just losing on down to the court and file a law suit and start a recall for these idiots and the mayor . Where do these people think they live China or something. They have volatiled the oath they took and need to be held accountable for their decisions ,wake up you idiots who elected these sub par idiots, listen to their speeches and form a educated opinion on them ,don’t just look at them and think they look fine, aka Arnold the f@*k your freedoms guy and so on
I don’t recall ever having seen a better demonstration of the adage, “voting has consequences”, and I hope that all of the folks that live there enjoy the consequences of their dictatorial city council.
Ain’t happening fuck those communist bastards . It’s going to come to a point that when ever someone approaches you and if they look like they over educated or smells like a cop that has turned communist people will start shooting . We are going to have to go back to the old days of the west. Remember it was won with a gun. Americans won’t run don’t hide and will defend OUR RIGHTS AND CONSTITUTION AND WILL IGNORE THISE IDIOT BASTARDS AND ELIMINATE THEM WHEN THAT TIME COMES . LETS GET THIS WAR GOING.
I’ve posed this question on other sites: HOW do they intend to collect these ‘fees’ from the gang bangers? Those characters are the ones causing the problems after all – NOT Law Abiding Citizens.
That honestly is a bunch of corrupted bureaucratic BS! Violating basic common sense and more governmental abusive overreach of American citizens Constitutional rights. Will the last real American to leave the shake, bake n fruitcake state, please bring the Flag….
They could change the criminal’s that money When they prosecute them for committing a crime with a gun
In some areas, confiscation schemes such as this could result in surrendering their weapons one round at a time! But Calif. being so ‘laid back’, most will just smoke a little ‘mary jane’ and chill! And the illegl taxation goes on.
Well, come and take them! I’ll go to court, because you will not tax a constitutional right! I took my oath in the military November 28TH, 1990, and I will defend that oath to the death! “Against all enemies, FORIGN and domestic!” Are you willing to die defending your tax? Because until it’s a constitutional amendment, it means nothing!👌🏻🇺🇸
I’m with you, friend. The war is on. I’m ready and more than willing to start killing the enemy.
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