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Tax assault weapons, associated ammunition

Americans are correct when they state that we can protect public safety by keeping assault weapons out of the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable. Americans are also correct when they state that we can protect public safety by keeping automobiles out of the hands of drunken and reckless drivers.

With respect to automobiles, Americans do not protect public safety by banning automobiles; they protect public safety by raising the taxes needed for law enforcement and imprisonment. An equivalent taxation process can apply to assault weapons and is described in a recent Harvard University report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. For additional reference, California politicians have proposed legislation for taxing ammunition.

In my opinion, gun rights advocates need to be advocating a process for taxing assault weapons and the associated ammunition.

Michael F. Patterson

Clarence Center