by Brent Smith for World Net Daily:
Don’t ever let anyone convince you that all Democrats are complete fiscal or economic ignoramuses. It may just seem that way listening to the new darling of the radical left, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
For sure, there appear to be some economic principles that just escape them, like the impact of Medicare-for-All, but at least some Democrats understand basic tax policy and the effects of taxation. At least some understand that if you want more of something, tax it less, and if you want less, tax it more.
Take, for example, Connecticut Democratic state Rep. Jillian Gilchrest’s new ammunition tax proposal. She wants to increase the state ammunition tax to 50 percent. Currently, ammo is taxed at the same rate as every other consumer good, and that just won’t do.
I’ve introduced HB 5700, a 50% tax increase on ammunition. It doesn’t apply to military or law enforcement. I’m hearing push back about the need to protect one’s home… but how much ammunition does someone really need to do that? #gunsense #enough pic.twitter.com/NZjkWBrpjC
— Jillian Gilchrest (@Jilchrest) February 4, 2019
Jillian understands full well that a huge tax increase on ammunition will cause people to buy less, which to the anti-gun left is a win for “safety.”
But is it a win for safety?
Everyone knows that the only way to get good at doing anything is to practice. Repetition is the key. Whether it’s giving a speech, hitting a golf ball or shooting a gun, one can never achieve and maintain proficiency without constant practice.
And a lack of proficiency can prove deadly, sometimes metaphorically – sometimes literally.
If you set out to make a living through giving speeches, you had better practice regularly. Not one will pay money to hear a speech given by someone who stumbles about the stage, fumbling for the right words, and can’t form a cogent thought. In short order, your speaking career will die.
But not all practice is the same. It’s a lot easier and a heck of a lot cheaper to practice shooting a basketball than to become proficient at shooting a weapon.