The Seattle City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve both a mandatory reporting bill and a gun-tax bill. “I’m grateful for my colleagues’ full support for both these measures,” City Council President Tim Burgess said.
Burgess has been criticized for being too conservative for left-wing bastion Seattle, and many believe his introduction of these bills just before his run for re-election is no coincidence. Still, he said, “City government can and must pursue innovative gun safety measures that save lives and save money.”
How many lives will it save? We can look to Chicago for the answer. Cook County enacted a similar measure 2 years ago (so much for innovative …), but shootings are up, with over 1,600 people shot so far in 2015.
As for money, with gun owners paying more to practice a constitutional right, and businesses faced with moving outside city limits, the only people who will save any are criminals.