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June 7, 2022

I am not advocating a position. Just interesting ideas. To be clearer, I believe a multidimensional approach would be good.

I know it sounds unlikely, but for the past few days I have wondered why someone had not proposed a large tax on AR-15 sales. And look who is proposing it — Don Beyer.

A Democratic congressman is drafting legislation that would impose a 1,000% tax on assault weapons in response to a terrifying spate of mass shootings.

Rep. Don Beyer’s bill would create an excise tax on the sale of military-style semi-automatic rifles, including the popular AR-15-style rifles, and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets. The Virginia Democrat is pushing for the bill to pass in the Senate without GOP support using a special procedure known as budget reconciliation

At least it is some out of the box thinking

I found this interesting — from 2016:

The AR-15 is the most talked about gun in America.

But the AR-15’s creator died before the weapon became a popular hit and his family has never spoken out.

Until now.

"Our father, Eugene Stoner, designed the AR-15 and subsequent M-16 as a military weapon to give our soldiers an advantage over the AK-47,” the Stoner family told NBC News late Wednesday. "He died long before any mass shootings occurred. But, we do think he would have been horrified and sickened as anyone, if not more by these events."

The inventor’s surviving children and adult grandchildren spoke exclusively to NBC News by phone and email, commenting for the first time on their family’s uneasy legacy. They requested individual anonymity in order to speak freely about such a sensitive topic. They also stopped short of policy prescriptions or legal opinions.

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