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Could a tax on ammunition reduce gun violence?

February 21, 2019

This letter is in response to the op-ed “Ammunition, vaping bills distract from public health.” (The News-Times, Feb. 12)

According to the Brady Campaign, every day 342 Americans are shot in murders, suicides, and assaults. Since the right to bear arms is an amendment, it is imperative that Legislatures take whatever measures they can in order to reduce this number.

It is has been proven that the tax increase on cigarettes has effectively reduced the number of cigarette smokers. The Tobacco Free Kids Campaign found every 10 percent increase in the real price of cigarettes reduces cigarette consumption from 3 to 5 percent. Now in towns where many already cannot afford to buy ammunition, the amount of gun violence will clearly decrease with a higher tax.

Also, a common misconception among those who do not support the legalization of marijuana, is that liberals are encouraging its recreational use. In actuality, the push for marijuana legalization is to decrease the amount of people incarcerated every year. The Drug Policy Alliance has found that every 20 seconds, someone in the U.S. is arrested for a drug violation. In America there are more people in prison than in college.

Lastly, the purpose of e-cigarettes is for those addicted to cigarettes to use as a healthier alternative. The creation of the appealing flavors is not meant to appeal to children, but rather to prevent lung cancer amongst adults.

The poor mental health of children is not directly correlated to vaping flavors.

Aliha Haider

Bethel