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Guns, guns, guns.

Here’s what I want in America.  I am a citizen, so I get a voice.

I want the semi-automatic guns out of civilian hands.  All semi-automatic guns.  No valid reason exists for a civilian to own one, of any kind.  Oh, not just semi-automatic weapons, but also repeating weapons of all types.  Lever action, pump action, bolt action, etc.

How will this happen?  Simple.  Taxes.

I propose an annual tax on owning firearms.  A rapidly and steeply escalating tax based on rate of fire and magazine capacity or potential magazine capacity.  No loophole for a Mini-14 with a five round magazine in a slot that will happily accept a thirty round magazine.

For example, no tax at all on single shot muzzle loaders.  Very little tax on modern single shot rifles, pistols, or shotguns.  Ahh, but add the ability to repeat, and I want some serious tax.

A revolver?  Oh, yeah.  That’s going to cost you, a little less for a muzzle loading revolver, a little more for a single action revolver, and a lot more for a double action revolver.

A bolt, lever, or pump action repeating firearm will get increasingly expensive based on it’s magazine size.

Semi-automatic firearms of any type?  Massively expensive.  Thousands of dollars annually.  So much so as to make ownership of them a ridiculous proposition.

Fully automatic?  Forbidden for civilian ownership.  Period.

What happens if you fail to pay?  No problem, the government puts a tax lien on your property.  Just like they can with any other delinquent tax.  These mechanisms are already in place.

If you are found to own an unregistered weapon?  You lose it.  Forever.  You can ponder its loss from jail for a couple years.  You further lose the privilege of ever owning another one.

But wait, there’s more!  I want storage requirements to be ironclad.  Physically.  Approved gun safes that are attached to the building in which they are installed.  Annual unscheduled inspections of weapons storage at the gun owner’s expense, of course.  Noncompliance equals impound and destruction of improperly stored firearms for the first failure.  Subsequent noncompliance can involve increasingly harsh penalties.

Goddammit, that’s quite enough dead kids, thanks.

You gun owners are incapable of dealing with this yourselves, as you continually demonstrate.  The rest of us in civilized society will now deal with it for you.

Sure, sure.  We’ve all heard the mantra how it’s not guns that are the problem, but crime, or poverty, or mental illness, blah, blah, blah.  Here’s a fucking newsflash, assholes:  All those things have always existed and always will exist.  Mix any of that with guns and, well, we know how that turns out, don’t we?  Those things are all part of the landscape of humanity.  What doesn’t need to be a part of that landscape is all these fucking weapons lying about.

I want this to end.

Stop being so goddamned afraid, my countrymen.  Show some backbone and stop hiding behind your guns to solve your problems for you.