Gun violence in San José costs taxpayers $442 million. That’s $2.2 million in taxes *per gun violence victim*. The Second Amendment protects the rights of Americans to own guns but doesn’t require taxpayers to subsidize gun ownership. #EndGunViolence pic.twitter.com/KtSm8QhwXA— Sam Liccardo (@sliccardo) June 29, 2021
The @CityofSanJose is taking action against gun violence with this first-of-its-kind landmark decision. The Second Amendment protects the rights of Americans to own guns, but doesn’t require taxpayers to subsidize gun ownership. #EndGunViolence https://t.co/TBgDiUtCTy— Sam Liccardo (@sliccardo) June 30, 2021
I don’t think this is going to solve the problem.
“Just five weeks after last month’s massacre at a San Jose light-rail yard that left nine people dead, the city has taken unprecedented gun-control action.
In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, San Jose’s city council approved a national first that will see gun owners being forced to compensate taxpayers for the spiraling costs of gun violence. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, gun owners in California’s third-largest city will be required to take out liability insurance for their firearms, and pay an annual tax that will help fund emergency responses to gun-related calls.
In a news release ahead of Tuesday night’s vote, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said: “While the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, it does not require taxpayers to subsidize gun ownership… We won’t magically end gun violence, but we stop paying for it. We can also better care for its victims, and reduce gun-related injuries and death.” …”
This will go to court and get shot down.
San Jose didn’t follow Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland and “Defund the Police,” but violent crime is surging there as well. Sacramento is also dealing with a surge in violent crime.
“SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) – Police aren’t saying so officially, but several recent incidents suggest there’s a spike in violent crime in the South Bay.
No clear pattern has emerged, but homicides are up from last year in the South Bay.
There have been four this month alone. …
“I really don’t want to sound alarmist and say ‘hey, we’re having a crime wave, there’s an uptick.’ You know, unfortunately, we’ve had a lot of serious incidents that happened in close proximity timewise to each other. …
“We can’t put our finger on what is exactly causing this, but what we can share is that we have had, here in San Jose, an increase in homicides during this pandemic,”
Police could not confirm a neighbor’s suspicion that a shootout that injured three people last week at Brigadoon park may be gang-related. …”
Everyone but the people who run these cities are to blame.
COVID is to blame. Guns are also to blame. Guns have gotten more violent in California over the past two years. Legal gunowners who aren’t harming anyone deserve the most blame.