Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), the first Puerto Rican woman to be elected to Congress, with a history of clinical depression and attempted suicide, has introduced a bill in the House that would tax gun owners at a rate of $100 per firearm with proceeds going towards “anti-violence and mental health programs.”
H.R. 3830, Reducing Gun Violence in our Neighborhoods Act of 2015, was introduced on Oct. 26, 2015, with 12 co-sponsors, all Democrats:
- Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-9]
- Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-14]
- Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5]
- Rep Farr, Sam [CA-20]
- Rep Hinojosa, Ruben [TX-15]
- Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-17]
- Rep Jeffries, Hakeem S. [NY-8]
- Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-5]
- Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-10]
- Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-32]
- Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-13]
- Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-15]
HR 3830 describes its purpose as “To reduce gun violence, increase mental health counseling, and enhance the tracking of lost and stolen firearms.” If it becomes law, a $100 federal tax would be assessed on the sale of all new firearms. Revenue generated from the tax would go to a Department of Justice “Gun Violence Reduction and Mental Health Counseling Trust Fund”.
But any firearm by the federal, state or local government for police or other law enforcement purposes will be exempted from the tax.
In addition, HR 3830 would authorize the Attorney General to establish “a national standard for the incorporation of a passive identification capability into all firearms sold in the United States.”
“Passive identification capability” is defined as “a technology that–(A)enables a firearm to be identified by a mobile or fixed reading device; and (B) does not emit or broadcast an electronic signal or other information that would enable the firearm or its owner to be monitored or tracked.”
According to the National Rifle Association, Americans have acquired more than 170 million new firearms since 1991. The Congressional Research Service estimated the number of firearms in the U.S. at more than 310 million.
Interestingly, the main contributors to Velasquez’s election campaigns have been banks, including Goldman Sachs. (Source: Open Secrets)
She has consistently voted against bi-partisan House efforts to audit the federal reserve, both in 2009 and in 2012.
In 2012, the American Small Business League (ASBL) named Velazquez as the most anti-small business member of the U.S. House of Representatives. She blocked legislation, including H.R. 3184, “The Fairness and Transparency in Contracting Act,” that would prevent large corporations from claiming billions of dollars worth of federal contracts reserved for small businesses. Velazquez also voted to divert billions in federal contract dollars earmarked for small businesses to firms such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, BlackWater and Italian defense firm Finmeccanica.
According to AL.com, Velazquez’s proposal is just the latest in a series of gun control measures introduced by Congressional Democrats. Earlier this summer, another New York Congresswoman, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, introduced a measure that would require gun owners to have liability insurance coverage before being allowed to purchase a weapon or face a fine of up to $10,000.
With Republicans a majority in the House, it is unlikely that Velazquez’s bill will pass. But Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke warns us that Obama’s and the Democrats’ gun-control strategy is an incremental step-by-step approach.
They won’t be able to it before Obama leaves office. Now, under a Mrs. Bill Clinton presidency, who knows. But even they know it’s down the road. I don’t know how far, but these people are slick, they are stealth in how they go about it. What they do is lay the groundwork, they pave the road approaching their ultimate goal of confiscation.
What Obama will try to do with his remaining time in office is further weaken the Second Amendment and frustrate the ability of people to keep and bear arms and purchase guns without having to jump through unreasonable hoops. Then the next person will take it step further, then the next person, then the next, and suddenly you realizegun confiscation is within reach. And that is their goal.
Between now and then they will go step by step, slowly conditioning the American people to buy into the lie.
- Gun controllers change tactics to mimic those of homosexual movement
- Obama wants to bypass Congress for gun control via Executive Order
- Gun control does not reduce gun violence
- Why elites and the Left want gun control: U.S. is first in the world in per capita gun ownership
Dr. Eowyn’s post first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds.