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Tax proposal on guns, ammunitions for mental health treatment

By on March 1st, 2013

A proposal in the Florida Senate calls for a fee on gun dealers that would go to pay for mental health care in the state.

According to a News Service of Florida, Sen. Arthenia Joyner (D-District 19) proposed a tax on dealers’ sale of guns and ammunition Wednesday. Four percent of sales would be taxed.

The bill would require the money be spent on direct mental health treatment, public awareness on mental health issues, crisis intervention training for law enforcement and other issues aimed at reducing violence by people with mental illness.

Some of the money would also go toward training teachers to recognize signs of mental illness in students.

Sarah Brand wrote this story online.


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  • 2nd amendment fighter

    I would LOVE to hear your honest opinion, not a pre-written automated response, as to WHY you think proposing ANY kind of fire arm restrictions is 1) a good idea and 2) will make a bit of difference in the amount of crimes committed? Seriously, please try to change my mind!

    As of now though, I must bring to your attention that this is a act of TREASON and directly infringes upon our constitutional rights!! One could argue that firearms are needed for “hunting” and this is what our forefathers meant by the 2nd amendment. Well, please think for a second of the times that our constitution was written in. There was no “recreational” hunting going on. You hunted for survival and to provide food for your family. The 2nd amendment is CLEARLY written to give Americans the right to defend them self’s against aggressors, both foreign and domestic. In addition, it is clearly stated that this right is given to us as a means to keep our government in check. The moment that any governing body takes away this right, we have as a nation, lost our ability to defend our self’s by force!

    Humor me for a second if you would….. What do you think would happen if, god forbid, another nation were to forcibly enter this country? Should I rely upon the National Guard and other government entities to protect me and my family? Do you HONESLTY think that the government will be able to protect every single individual American from any harm that may come there way? This would be IMPOSSIBLE as there are simply more citizens than there are military personnel. Sure you could build some FEMA or NATO camps (which is already being done) to stick us in “for our protection”. But again, the only person who cares about me and my family as much as I do… is ME! And the only person that I will rely upon to protect my family and I is ME!

    So here I am defending my family against an out right attack against our nation, and I have 10 rounds in my pistol magazine… compared to the 1,000s of rounds the attacker has…. Do you REALLY think that those 10 rounds are going to be enough? It is stated in a well known article discussing the selection of hand gun ammunition for police and military forces, that a well trained officer should expect, at best, to have 1-2 rounds hit an aggressor during a firefight. So me, who has very little “assault tactics” training, would have an even smaller count of “hits” to an assailant. So every 10 shots I have to reload a magazine into the fire arm. (more reloads=more chances of the aggressor shooting me) Not to mention, now I have to carry more magazines around with me while defending my family… which translates into less clothing and food I can carry with me.

    NOW, I know what your thinking (if you even bothered to read this far) is that “oh that will never happen” or “ Well you should trust in your government to defend you”….

    WELL, look at history, not even OLD history but relative recent history. There are SEVERAL recent events in other countries that started with slight gun control, that lead to more, that lead to more, that lead to a “gun registry” that lead to “gun confiscation” followed quickly by an oppressive government. I refuse to live that scenario in my own country and will defend my rights with force if necessary.

    Lastly, lets look at this thing called the right to privacy. Without going into drawn out detail I will summarize by saying this:
    Ever since the 9-11 attacks on the trade center our right to privacy has been slowly taken away from the American people. Now a days there is no longer anything private. Partially due to advances in technology, but mostly due to the “homeland security” and “patriot act”. Again referencing history lets look at social security numbers. When this system was introduced the American people were skeptical that it would turn into a national tracking system to keep tabs on people. The few who voiced this opinion were frowned upon and said to be “conspiracy theorist”… well here we are in a society you cant do anything in without giving out your social #.

    Same thing happened with our right to privacy and the same thing is TRYING to be done with our right to bear arms. Slowly take a little bit and change a little bit until it is gone. Like the old saying “put the lobster in the pot before you turn it on”! Well this “lobster” (the American people) are fully aware of the “pot” your trying to put us in and will not let it happen! Period end of story… WE WILL NOT LET IT HAPPEN!!

    So, please enlighten me to YOUR history based, factually supported argument for trying to take away MY rights??

    I await your response,
    Thanks!

 

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