We could not believe this!
If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results, then the Democrats are certifiably insane.
When Seattle proposed a new gun tax in 2015, critics speculated that gun sales would go down, and that violent crime would increase. That is exactly what occurred when the law came into effect in January 2016. (via IJR)
The Seattle city council passed the controversial law in 2015, levying a $25 tax on every gun sold — in addition to a $0.05 tax on every centerfire cartridge, and $0.02 on every rimfire cartridge sold.
Critics complained that restricting access to firearms would limit gun sales, and enable criminals who don’t purchase firearms legally, thus causing an increase in gun violence.
The city rejected the critics, and passed the law anyway. The city maintained that gun sales would remain stable, and that the tax would generate between $300,000 and $500,000 to fund research into gun violence.
The new tax came into effect in January 2016, and gun stores started to close up shop immediately. Outdoor Emporium is the only large gun retailer still operating in the city of Seattle.
“I’ve had to lay off employees because of this,” explained the store’s owner. “It’s hurting us, it’s hurting our employees.” Outdoor Emporium has seen a 60 percent drop in gun sales, and a 20 percent drop overall, since the law came into effect.
Due to the decline in sales, the city has not generated the tax income they expected. City officials refuse to report the revenue generated by the tax, but admit it was less than $200,000.
The city was hoping to generate $500,000 to finance anti-gun studies — they ultimately raised less than half, and forced businesses to flee the city. Not only did the tax fail to generate revenue for the city, but it also completely failed to reduce gun violence.
Since the tax was implemented, the amount of gun related homicides has doubled. Shootings resulting in injuries have increased by 54 percent, and total shots fired have increased by 24 percent. Apparently, preventing law abiding citizens from defending themselves emboldens criminals. Who would have known?
Seattle was attempting to emulate a similar gun tax, which was implemented in Chicago and the District of Columbia. Seattle officials weren’t dissuaded by the high rates of gun violence in the Democrat-controlled regions.
Leftism is an ideology based on feelings, and not facts. Liberal policies never work, but Democrats refuse to change strategies. Democrats are certifiably insane.
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