Defenders of the Second Amendment should take note of a recent development in the far-flung Northern Mariana Islands, a Pacific archipelago that has the same “commonwealth” status as Puerto Rico.
Earlier this month, the governor of the US territory imposed a $1,000 handgun tax. Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said the law should serve as a “role model” for the states.
The gun tax idea was first proposed in 1993 by then First Lady Hillary Clinton in testimony before the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee.
Asked by Democrat Sen. Bill Bradley if “purveyors of violence’’—in other words, according to Bradley, anybody who practices the Second Amendment—should pay a 25% tax on firearm purchases, Clinton answered that she was “personally… all for that.”
”Well, let me say that there is no more important personal endorsement in the country today, and I thank you very much,” Bradley responded. The New Jersey Democrat was looking to impose taxes on handguns and semi-automatic rifles in addition to steep increases in existing federal firearms and ammunition excise taxes and gun dealer licensing fees.
“Hillary’s 25 percent gun tax would discourage gun ownership and be a backdoor route to gun registration,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Hillary has a long history of attacking gun owners.”
“Hillary has made it perfectly clear to the millions of gun owners in the United States: she doesn’t like us, she doesn’t trust us and she wants us to go away,” Norquist added.
In October, during a town hall meeting at Keene State College, Clinton said she supports Australia’s confiscation of firearms.
“You know, Australia’s a good example, Canada’s a good example, [and] the UK’s a good example. Why? Because each of them had mass killings, Australia had a huge mass killing about 20 or 25 years ago. Canada did as well, so did the UK. In reaction, they passed much stricter gun laws. In the Australian example, as I recall, that was a buyback program. The Australian government as part of trying to clamp down on the availability of…weapons offered a good price for buying hundreds of thousands of guns and basically clamped down going forward, in terms of having more of a background check approach–more of a permitting approach,” Clinton said in response to a prepared question.
“We must stand up to the gun lobby, just as we must end police violence and killings. They are part of the same threat that too often injures and even kills too many young people,” Clinton told a congregation at Grace Baptist Church on Sunday in Mount Vernon, New York, ahead of the primary. “The gun lobby is the most powerful lobby in Washington —in our country,” she said. “Nobody else running on either side is willing to take the stands that I think must be taken.”
If elected in November, Clinton will undoubtedly take a more radical anti-Second Amendment stance than Obama. She will revisit her firearms taxation suggestion and may use the Northern Mariana Islands as a model to deny Americans the right to own firearms.