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.