Guns and Taxes
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I can say without hesitation that I am in favor of gun control. The only questions remaining,
obviously, should be 1) What guns are we talking about and who can or can't have them, and 2) Who is in charge of controlling ownership
and/or use of the guns? And this 2nd question relates to how enforcement of the control is carried out. In other words, if a citizen,
or any number of classifications of non-citizens, who is banned from having a gun has one, what happens to that person? It must be
made very clear as to how enforcement is applied. These days there seems to be a lack of understanding of the concept that a law without
enforcement is not a law at all. It is merely a suggestion or recommendation, with no teeth to encourage compliance.
in point: An article by Brad Heath in "USA Today", at first reading, seems almost unbelievable. Fugitives, felons and the mentally
ill are prohibited from purchasing guns. Yet, Police departments across America fail to enter many of the names of these people into
a computer base that identifies those barred from gun ownership. The FBI reports that about 2.5 million names of people on an arrest
warrant, felons, and criminals on the lam, are left off the list. In Michigan, the police report only 7% of those belonging on the
FBI files, and this kind of disregard is prevalent across the country.
Is this the kind
of gun control the placard carrying and shouting paraders want?
Are you tired of reading
about the super rich getting away without paying their fair share of income tax. Catch this. Gregory Korte, also of "USA Today," discovered
that the IRS gave bonuses amounting to almost $3 million to employees who didn't pay their taxes. Other employees also were given
10,500 hours of paid time off, and some even got step increases to higher salaries. The answer given by the IRS? "We will strive to
implement a policy that protects the integrity of the tax system." That's reassuring, isn't it? The IRS says over 300,000 federal
employees were tax delinquent during one year, which added up to $3.5 billion. No wonder the IRS doggedly chases after the guy who
owes them fifty bucks. I guess they need it to make up for the taxes they themselves aren't paying.
And our taxes go up and up. But maybe, just maybe, the average citizen can start holding off on divvying up. After all, no one of
the powers that be seems to care. Has anyone heard of even a committee being formed to address this problem? We all need to pay our
fair share. Else how can we keep giving billions of dollars to countries that don't even say thank you? But, as Herman Wouk said,
let's "Don't Stop the Carnival."