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Response to Maraya1969 (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 10:14 PM

1. Taxing is tricky

With cigarettes, the number of smokers dwindles all the time, and the tax is seen as an investment in public health since it's designed to discourage consumption. With guns, it's not clear that would happen, so you'd potentially have a growing revenue stream supported by growing numbers of people and you a) have to answer to them and b) have to worry about governments becoming addicted to the cash.

Better to eliminate certain forms of consumption altogether.

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