BREAKING NEWS: EXCISE TAXES ON ASSULT RIFLES ARE USED TO PROMOTE MORE USE OF FIREARMS

By Anne Muller

CONFIRMED BY THE TAX AND TRADE BUREAU (TTB), EXCISE TAXES ON AR-15 AND AK-47 ASSAULT RIFLES, THE ONES USED IN MASSACRES, GO DIRECTLY TO THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, WHERE THEY PROMOTE MORE USE OF FIREARMS!!

Federal excise taxes on alcohol, tobacco, and firearms are the three major excise taxes collected by the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).  While they are lumped together under one bureau, both the destination of the revenue and the spirit that motivates them are very different.

Federal excise taxes on alcohol and tobacco go to the General Fund.  Those on firearms go to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

The reasoning at the inception of the excise tax was based on research showing that the more expensive a product is, the lower the consumption will be.  Therefore, the purpose of the tax was to be a deterrent.   The reason for encouraging a lower consumption on those products was considered a social benefit as their use has severe social impacts.  Alcohol has been implicated in car crashes and other crime; tobacco is harmful not only to the health of those who smoke, but now we know it impacts the health of those around smokers and adding to medical costs.  Please visit: https://truthinitiative.org/research-resources/tobacco-prevention-efforts/importance-tobacco-taxes and https://sites.nationalacademies.org/Tobacco/regulation/TOBACCO_051290

The dangers of firearms are well-known.

So, the spirit of the excise taxes was to reduce consumption and to put programs in place to help those impacted, as in the case of using a portion of the tobacco excise tax for Children’s Health Insurance  Program (CHIPRA) .

Would it not be obscene if alcohol and/or tobacco had bureaus whose purpose was to promote the use of those products because their income is derived from the products? Furthermore, wouldn’t it be obscene if, because of their government status, they had overhead benefits, networking and lobbying benefits to affect their self-serving goal, AND the ability to siphon General Funds?

More will be written about this in the next issue..

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