A tax-holiday to sell even more guns and ammo?

Because guns are so in danger of disappearing in Texas, state representative Jeff Leach (a Republican, of course) introduced the Texas Gun Ownership Reinforcement Act, which will create a tax-free holiday to help gun-nuts buy even more guns and ammo before the imminent NRA-predicted zombie apocalypse.

Let’s face it – it’s hard enough to plan and execute the mass-murder of school kids without having to worry about the added burden of onerous state taxes.

The legislation would make March 2, which is Texas Independence Day, a tax-free holiday for purchasing shotguns, rifles, handguns, and ammunition, among other gun supplies.

Think of it as the GOP version of the stimulus where, instead of creating jobs, everyone dies.

Leach wastes no time explaining who’s the real enemy here.  As always with Republicans, and gun-nuts generally, the enemy people need to arm themselves against is the federal government:

“Texas must take the lead in the fight against the federal government’s attempts to infringe on our Second Amendment Rights. The Texas Gun Ownership Reinforcement Act encourages and incentivizes lawful gun ownership by allowing law abiding citizens, hunters, and sportsmen the opportunity to save money on firearm and hunting equipment, benefitting Texas taxpayers and small business owners and spurring economic growth. As we fight against the federal government’s overreach, there is no more appropriate day to instate this tax-free holiday than on Texas Independence Day.”

As Leach makes clear, these people are arming themselves against the American government.  Let the NRA claim all it wants that our government isn’t the enemy they’re arming themselves against, we know better.  The gun-nuts’ own words belie their intentions.  They hate our government, and they’re arming themselves as a result.  If you’ve got a better definition of sedition and domestic terrorism, I’d like to hear.

If Republicans, and especially Texans, hate the American government so much, why they don’t they just leave?  As I wrote a few months ago, “we can only hope that Texas’ drinking buddies, Alabama and Mississippi, and the rest of their freeloading Dixie family, join them in their big, racist Winnebago and drive away forever.”

Now, sure, Texas would have to pay us the nearly $20 billion in “failed” stimulus money that GOP Governor, and pro-secession freak, Rick Perry took from the “evil” federal government.  And Texas might need to also pay us back for the $26 billion in farm subsidies the federal government has provided them from 1995 to 2011.

You see, Texas has a history of being – how shall I put this delicately – a bit of a disaster.  David Badash has done a great job detailing the “Texas Miracle” – he’s some of what David discovered about Texas:

At this point the miracle seems to be that Texas has survived this long.

Texas was also ranked as the lowest healthcare provider by the federal government a year ago and it’s unlikely to have improved dramatically since that time. Unfazed by such am embarrassment, state representative Leach still finds it more important to address non-existent problems like the supposed dearth of guns in America, than deal with Texas’ serious social problems.

Welcome to Second Amendment clown school (image via Shutterstock)

Welcome to Second Amendment clown school (image via Shutterstock)

Of course Texas isn’t alone.  Gun-nut-landia has been in overdrive ever since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, in which 20 six- and seven- year olds were murdered in cold blood by a proud defender of the Second Amendment right to massacre children and moviegoers.  The gun-nuts’ response to Sandy Hook, from the NRA on down, has been to use this tragedy to get even more guns out there.  If you listened to them, you’d have thought that gun owners, rather than the children shot to death by the son of a gun owner, were the real victims of Sandy Hook.

For example, just a few days ago we reported on a Missouri Republican trying to pass a law that makes it a crime to propose gun control in that state.  Yes, no better way to stop the evil federal government than to create an evil state government.

But Missouri wasn’t alone. The NRA, only days after Sandy Hook, tried to capitalize on the tragedy to push for guns in every school in America (a boon to its gun-selling brethren, to be sure).

Or how about Joe the Plumber, who still thinks he’s relevant. Joe is raffling of an AR-15 assault rifle – the same gun used to mow down the children at Sandy Hook – in order to make a “point” about gun control.

What point are you trying to make when your response to children getting mass-murdered is to give away free copies of the gun used to murder them?

Or my personal favorite, the Tennessee gun salesman and trainer who said he was going to “start killing people” if President Obama issued any executive orders on gun control following Sandy Hook.

Of course, these guys are all saner than the gun-nuts who now say that Sandy Hook was a hoax perpetrated by the federal government in order to justify a crackdown on guns.  Texas can have them too.


An American in Paris, France. BA in History & Political Science from Ohio State. Provided consulting services to US software startups, launching new business overseas that have both IPO’d and sold to well-known global software companies. Currently launching a new cloud-based startup. Full bio here.

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  • Pookl

    lol thats why I have doctors, nurses, and scientists coming into my shop daily to pick up guns for the first time. I guess they are all :”Stupid” lol

  • Pookl

    Yup, Remember Texans, this is all part of the plan, to highlight how “bad” Texas is and then take over your free state and turn it into California. Fight them EVERY SINGLE step on this, never ever ever let them win. Chase them out of your towns and cities, ostracize them, make them outcasts and let them move back to where they came from.

  • Evan Q

    We have a a day for tax free guns and ammo in MA, but I don’t see this blogger calling every Bostonian a mass murderer.

  • Yopeace

    NH Chiefs of Police have created a raffle to give away a gun a day for
    31 days in May. The first day’s prize is a semi automatic assault
    weapon. Please join the community in asking the Chiefs: “Give up the gun
    giveaway and accept the offer of a buyback of all of the raffle
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  • Gs

    I’m sorry, not everyone who owns guns are lowly educated. That’s the kind of high horse thinking that people with insecurity suffers from. I think you are the one that’s America-hating. Move to the UK if you hate guns do much. Better yet, move your entire family.

  • gs

    I think the author should stay in Paris. He’s not welcome back in the US anymore.

  • surlycmd

    You may be right but I don’t presume to know what the future will hold for America. No civilization in history ever thought it would fall but they did. Odds are the USA as we know it will too. Our freedoms may or may not need to be defended by guns in the future. I would rather have a gun and not need it than need one and not have it. Make your own choice.

  • Carl Gorney

    You can have a PhD and you can STILL be stupid.

    Your putting up a post here is proof of that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    Consider of all the crucial events in American history that have outlined and defined my rights: almost all of them happened in courtrooms. When was the last time guns defended ARE FREEDOM, 1812? Wake up.

  • guest1

    Sorry but you know nothing about me, I have a degree and no guns lol. Your over the top drama on guns sounds third grade. Getting shot by a mass shooter is too statistically low, looks like the media frenzy over it brainwashed you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2VgEQ70MuU

  • surlycmd

    Interesting reply, John. You describe person who has a hobby that involves firearms, never has committed a crime, and has a job as an “America-hating moron with a third grade education.” Millions of gun owners including AR-15 rifles have never murdered anyone. Are we all as you describe?
    While I am unhappy with the direction our Government has taken over the last decade, I do not see it as a tyranny. It doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen in the future. Wouldn’t you like your children to have even a small chance to defend all of our rights if absolutely necessary? To have to choice to take up arms?
    Two things you can be sure of: Humans are predators and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
    These are the things our Bill of Rights protect us from.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    No, afraid you America-hating morons with a third grade education are the ones buying the most guns. The rest of us are tired of having our kids shot to death in order to pay for your gun fetish.

  • GMann

    The shelves for ammo at most gun stores are empty or very close. Odd calibers remain, but not in any quantity. Taxes don’t matter if you can’t buy the product. Scary black rifles are also scarce, but pistols are available. Full capacity magazines are very hard to find.

  • Naja pallida

    Texas and its citizens are a perfect example of why rank-and-file Republicans are so against paying taxes, even when it is against their own self-interest. In Texas, you pay your taxes and see next to nothing back in return. It is immediately swallowed up by the black hole of corporate corruption that is the Texas Legislature. Then they complain that government isn’t working, so the few programs they do have should be cut, and teachers and firefighters should be laid off, etc. Once again, a classic example of vehemently declaring that government doesn’t work, and then getting power over every aspect of it, and proving it.

  • guest1

    lol what a ridiculous article, afraid a tax holiday might actually help the economy?

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