It seems these days that mass shootings have become just another headline.
While some politicians (I’m still looking at you, Mitch McConnell) refuse to do anything, the decision makers at Walmart have made an important step in the right direction.
As of yesterday, Walmart will be drastically reducing the ammunition for assault style rifles that in the past, customers have been able to purchase freely.
If I am to be honest here, I would prefer if they stopped selling guns and ammunition all together. However, the fact that they will be reducing their ammunition sales is not to be overlooked.
I have nothing against guns or the Second Amendment. If someone wants to buy guns because they hunt as a hobby or let off steam by going to a gun range, that is their business. But what is my business (and the business of every American) is the fact that too many of our citizens have been killed by mass shootings.
Back in 1989, the late President Ronald Reagan (R-California) made a statement about guns which I believe still rings true today.
If only the current Republican party would heed his words.
I’m not an economist, nor was math my favorite subject when I was in a school.
But common sense tells me two things: first that handwritten edits going to senators just before they are about to vote without reading the draft is not the wisest choice. Elizabeth Warren posted the video below last night. The fact that the senators were expected to read and vote on a bill that has not yet been clearly defined and cleanly written by its architects just makes it that much more questionable.
Secondly, I have a sneaking suspicion that cutting taxes for corporation and the rich to create a modern version of trickle down economics is not going to go as planned. Ronald Reagantried it in the 80’s. The results were not what he and his administration hoped they would be.
The fact is that this tax bill will not just affect this generation, but future generations. It is also dubious as to whom it will benefit, despite claims from Trump and the Republicans that middle class Americans will see a positive change in their taxes.
A tax bill, in my uneducated opinion, need to be logical, cleanly written and works for the benefit of the 99%, not the 1%. From what I can tell, the tax bill as it stands now cannot be defined by any of these factors.