“A $1,000 per gun tax should serve as a ‘role model’ for states, according to the governor of the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands, which imposed the $1,000 gun tax earlier this month,” Americans for Tax Reform notes. “An idea first endorsed by Hillary Clinton in 1993, steep gun taxes have now taken hold in Cook County, Ill. the city of Seattle, and now a U.S. territory.”
“In newly released footage from Americans for Tax Reform, Clinton is shown nodding enthusiastically as she endorsed the 25% gun tax and as legal gun dealers were described as ‘purveyors of violence,’” the ATR report explains.
The footage isn’t exactly “new.” C-SPAN aired it in 1993, and the exchange was reported at the time by the Associated Press:
Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., picked up Mrs. Clinton’s support for his idea of slapping stiff taxes on ”purveyors of violence:” a 25 percent sales tax on guns and $2,500 license fees for gun dealers.
”Speaking personally … I’m all for that,” said the first lady. But she stressed she was just speaking for herself.
”Well, let me say that there is no more important personal endorsement in the country today, and I thank you very much,” said a pleased-as-punch Bradley.
Curiously, it’s not even “new” for ATR. The group posted a copy of the video on YouTube and filed a media report last September, and milked it for attention again in February. Perhaps what they meant to say is they’ve located a better copy of the exchange?
Not that making sure more people become aware of it isn’t valid. It is. But what can’t be overlooked is that immigration policies championed by Americans for Tax Reform’s president Grover Norquist can make new gun taxes a reality within a decade or two, and forget Hillary’s measly 25%. He’s enabling the potential to go full Mariana.
That’s because Norquist is, per MSNBC, “an amnesty-loving immigration activist,” and one who “keeps standing” with Michael Bloomberg’s “Partnership for a New American Economy” amnesty lobby. All credible measurements show that will result in millions of new anti-gun Democrat voters, establishing unchallengeable majorities in the legislatures, a resultant stacking of the courts through confirmations of anti-gun activist judges, and a reversal of all legislative and judicial gains enjoyed in recent years.
The irony is, while helping enable the ultimate enactment of the very gun taxes he’s now decrying, Norquist gets to once more posture himself as a champion of gun rights and tax reforms. Significantly, this is happening at a time when a handful of informed gun rights advocates are pitting themselves against the NRA establishment to boot him from the board.