The Cook County Board Released their 2012/2013 budget plan last week. The package includes a number of taxes including one on violence. More specifically, bullet and guns.
The country board says the tax will generate more money for government spending. But there is another purpose behind it.
You want more bang for your buck. But Cook County residents may soon have to pay more buck for their bang.
Cook County Board proposed a violence tax last week. A nickle for every bullet. $25 for every gun.
"It will make citizens go outside the county and buy round at half price."
But the money isn't everything. This tax has legal implication too. Nealry 84 percent of reported murders last year invovled firearms. County Board officials say the tax will jam the muzzle on crime.
however, law enforcement workers see it as a wrong move.
"It's an age-old question:from Al Capone to organized crime, they're gonna get their weapons regardless."
So if more taxes won't dodge the bullet. What will? Responsibility.
Detective Haworth is also a firearms instructor with the National Rifle Association. He teaches gun owners to know exactly what responsibilty means ,
"Safe use and custodianship af that weapon is paramount. "
"Like I mena, if your life is in mortal danger, and it's your last resort, use it then. But other than that, you should not be waving your gun around."
Haworth believes educating people also helps law enforcement.
"almost ninety percent of the cases, if not more, police arrive after the crime has been committed.If you have citizens defending themselves, and the criminals know that, then they know hey you know what there's a big possibility that I'm gonna get shot or killed."
And as Guny owning civilians recieve more education, tehy might just trump criminals in this mind game.