Friday, November 28, 2008

Get Your Guns Tax Free In South Carolina

You thing our beloved Democrat leaders in the People's Republik of Kalifornistan will follow the lead of the South Carolina Republican politicians and bless us with a similar Tax Free gun weekend?

Don't hold your breath waiting for that my friends. Genial leaders like Feinstein, Pelosi, Boxer and the rest of their liberal ilk in California know what's better for us serfs: guns are for cops and for the bodyguards protecting their elitist asses only.

From Western Standard

Celebrating the second amendment this weekend, South Carolina legislators managed to make it possible for South Carolina gun buyers to get their guns tax free this weekend:

State Rep. Mike Pitts, R-Greenwood, said he proposed the tax-free sales to celebrate the Second Amendment and respond to a then-pending U.S. Supreme Court decision on a Washington, D.C., handgun ban, which the court overturned.

The tax-free days also coincide with the opening of the duck and small-game hunting seasons this week, Pitts said.

“It’s to bring recognition that the Second Amendment of the Constitution is every bit as important as the First Amendment,” which establishes freedom of religion and speech, Pitts said. “It’s very much symbolic.”

You might even go so far as to say that the second amendment ensures the first one. I'd say so.

Meanwhile, Chicago continues to resist the outcome of the D.C. v. Heller Supreme Court case that ruled that the second amendment protects an individual right to own a gun, rather than some collective "militia" right to guns. Steve Chapman, columnist with the Chicago Tribune, writes:

Since the Supreme Court upheld the individual right to own guns last summer, one municipality with handgun bans after another has faced reality. Washington, which lost the case, changed its law. Morton Grove repealed its ban. So did Wilmette. Likewise for Evanston. Last week, Winnetka followed suit.

Then there is Chicago, which is being sued for violating the 2nd Amendment but refuses to confront the possibility that what the Supreme Court said may apply to this side of the Appalachians.

When it comes to firearms, Mayor Richard Daley is no slave to rationality. "Does this lead to everyone having a gun in our society?" he asked after the ruling came down. "Then why don't we do away with the court system and go back to the Old West, where you have a gun and I have a gun and we'll settle it in the streets?"

From listening to him, you might assume that the only places in North America that don't have firefights on a daily basis are cities that outlaw handguns. You might also assume that Chicago is an oasis of concord, rather than the site of 443 homicides last year.

Dear Mayor Richard Daley: My "right" to buy a salad does not mean that everyone in America (or Canada) will now go and buy a salad. It does not mean that we will all become vegans or vegetarians. It just means that, should I want a salad, I can get one. Similarly with guns.

While Chicagoans still can't get a handgun (but they will, in time, courtesy of the 14th amendment), folks in South Carolina can rest easier at night knowing that more of their neighbours and friends will have a gun in their home thanks to the tax holiday. And, as we all really should know, the more people that have guns, the safer the streets, just one of the positive externalities of increased gun ownership rates.

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