OPINION

Raise the cost of gun violence

Creative use of the tax and liability laws can discourage illegal or careless use of firearms.

, The National Law Journal

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Creative use of the tax and liability laws can discourage illegal or careless use of firearms.

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  • Boston

    Using this logic, owners of base ball bats, kitchen knives and tire irons would be liable if someone used one of these (or a 1,000 other commonly found objects) to kill someone.

  • Avon

    I admire Morrison, but this opinion makes little sense.
    Most "gun violence" is either intentionally criminal, totally accidental, or highly passionate.

    None of those motives is likely to be affected in the least by higher taxation of bullets.
    None of those motives is likely to be affected in the least by higher risk of being sued.

    And as for suicide, the idea of expecting a state to sue the bereaved family for a flat-rate fee (depending on how many years of life were lost) is not only coldly blind to the degree of fault and the ability to pay. It is coldly cruel to a gun owner who is either already guilt-stricken and rueful beyond measure, and/or it is coldly punitive to a gun owner who indeed took all reasonable security steps when nothing could have foiled the extreme determination of a suicidal person. Officials charged with filing such suits would likely refuse or resign en masse.

    I believe in a combination of many avenues of gun-violence control, but none of these would make my top 10 candidates for enactment. Perhaps if Morrison read a few dozen case histories, he'd agree.

  • KSM

    Very interesting ideas. Increasing tax on cigarettes does decrease use to a point. If too high, the tax drives a black market.
    Worth a try. Maybe the California petri dish could be the way to go.

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