I appreciate lawmakers efforts to wring as much money as they can out of their jurisdictions. Times are tough for everyone, including governments at every level.
I also appreciate efforts to reduce violence. Any area that wants to keep its residents and grow has to be a safe place to live.
But even I, a fan of some firearm limits, knew the minute I saw the NBCNew headline about a proposed "violence tax" in the greater Chicago area that people would immediately take aim at the idea.
First, Chicago's murder rate is up 25 percent.
A report cited by Preckwinkle's office found that nearly one-third of the guns recovered on Chicago streets were purchased in suburban gun shops.
Second, Cook County is facing a $115 million budget shortfall in 2013.
Some of the county's funds go to health care for usually uninsured shooting victims. That averages out to around $52,000 per wounded person.
Tennessee has an ammunition tax, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Guns and ammunition also are subject to a federal excise tax, as well as state and local sales tax in most places.
But it looks like the usual argument that law-abiding gun owners, not criminals, would bear the greater burden will carry a lot of weight if the tax is comes up for formal debate.
And I bet that Chicago area legislators are going to have to come up with other, most likely separate, ways to stem the violence and fill their coffers.You also might find these items of interest: