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Outrage of the Week

Friday, July 22, 2011

This week’s outrage comes to us from Baltimore, Maryland, where mayoral candidate Otis Rolley is proposing a $1.00 per bullet tax be levied on all ammunition purchases in the city of Baltimore as part of his “crime plan.”

According to a July 19 article appearing on WBALTV.com, Rolley said, "This is not a revenue enhancement tool.  It's a 'make it difficult for you to buy bullets in the city' tool."  Rolley also stated that the proposed tax would cause a decrease in "random firings that too often happen around holidays."   The article additionally notes that Rolley wants to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a summary offense, which would treat the offense more like public drunkenness than a drug crime. 

Hmm.  Tax the law-abiding citizens of the city and make it prohibitively expensive for them to purchase ammunition for self-defense, and reduce penalties for illegal drugs.  That’s his idea of a crime plan?  That’s outrageous.

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