Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL 12th)
6th-term Republican from Florida.
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Guns and the poor

Sen. Bill Nelson
Rep. Gus Bilirakis
Sen. Marco Rubio

March 14, 2013

On has to wonder what the impact of you legislative proposals will have on the poor. The Democrats are all about fighting against taxes on the poor and oppose voter photo IDs because they impose too much of burden, but seem to be doing everything possible â€" from fees, expensive training requirements, and photo IDs -- to make it next to impossible for the poor to own guns.

I guess you all really aren't thinking this through as many law-abiding citizens, particularly minorities in crime-ridden neighborhoods, really do need a gun for self-defense. I'm sure you'd agree that the people who are most likely to be victims of violent crime (overwhelmingly poor blacks in urban areas) are also the ones who benefit the most from owning guns.

Police themselves recognize that they almost always arrive at the crime scene after the crime has been committed. But criminals are deterred by the possibility that victims have guns, so if a criminal does strike, threatening to shoot is the safest course of action. However, most Democrats feel a 911 call is good enough for the poor.

The Obama administration lobbyied state House members in Colorado for a bill that would charge people a fee when they purchase a gun. Democrats voted down Republican amendments that would have exempted poor people from paying the fee and capped the fee at a maximum of $25.

Maryland, Democrats also refused to exempt poor people from fees for their new gun licensing proposal. In addtion getting a license will require 16 hours of training is something that could easily cost over $300. Do Democrats seriously think that poor people are going to be able to afford these training costs? To top that off Maryland state Senate allowd only one office in the state for filing for the license, which would require a 4 hour drive in some cases. Do Democrats seriously think that poor people are going to be able to afford this travel?

If you want to see the impact of these fees and training requirements on the ability of the poor to defend themselves, people need to look no farther than Washington, D.C. and Chicago, where only two and three thousand people, respectively, have gone through the licensing process.

For Chicago, there is a $100 city license fee plus another $15 per gun. Illinois adds another state license, though that only costs another $10. Then there is the five hour training classes that frequently cost around $150.

Texas has four times Indiana’s population, yet it has issued only slightly more permits, 584,000 versus 450,000. The small difference is simply that Texans have a more difficult time getting permits. The fee for getting a 5-year permit in Texas is $140, but only $65 in Indiana. Similarly, Texas requires 10 hours of training and Indiana doesn't require any.

Massachusetts shows the possible fate of increasing the costs of gun ownership. Since its licensing law went into effect in 1998, the number of registered gun owners in the state has plummeted from 1.5 million to just over 200,000 today. Meanwhile Massachusetts’ murder rate soared from 70% of the average rate for its neighbors to 130 percent.

Democrats want poor minorities votes, they just don’t want them to be able to defend themselves. Apparently, Democrats believe that the right to self-defense is something that only belongs to the wealthy.

oldsmar , FL