There is a contest on the Left Coast to see which large urban Metroplex can be America’s most radical left city. San Francisco, Oakland, and Portland OR all try very hard to see who can best implement the destructive policies of central planning and punishing the hard-working, but Seattle routinely wins. It helps that one of the city’s landmarks is a statue of Soviet Revolutionary Communist Vladimir Lenin.
In this spirit, Seattle has introduced a $15 an hour minimum wage, which while even before full implementation is shutting down restaurants and small businesses throughout the city. They also passed a law making it illegal not to sort your household garbage, enforced by apparatchiks examining people’s garbage and encouraging neighbors to rat on each other; just as citizens of the Soviet Union were encouraged to rat out their neighbors to the state for hoarding food or listening to western radio broadcasts.
And now, the radical left-wingers ofSeattle’s city government have decided to push a “Gun Violence Tasks” on gun sales and ammunition sales.
A Seattle City Council committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve a two-pronged gun-safety plan, which would tax sales of guns and ammunition in Seattle and require that gun owners report the theft or loss of any firearm within 24 hours.
This has nothing to do with “gun safety,” the left’s favored euphemism for gun control. This is about punishing gun owners because the left disapproves of their behavior. It is also about driving law-abiding gun shops out of the city (which worked oh so well in Chicago), just as Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage for burger flippers is driving small businesses into the suburbs. https://www.aei.org/publication/minimum-wage-effect-january-to-june-job-losses-for-seattle-area-restaurants-1300-largest-since-great-recession/
And then there is this silly piece of rationalization.
Harborview Medical Center treated 253 victims of gun violence in 2014 at a cost of $17 million, $12 million of that borne by the taxpayers, so it is right to “ask the gun industry to chip in and help defray those costs,” Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess, sponsor of the legislation, told colleagues.
Of course, making the people who actually inflicted the injuries pay for treatment is a concept that would baffle the average leftist. This is kind of like making everyone who owns a car responsible for the medical bills of drunk drivers who get into accident. Actually, the left has figured out a way to do that, too. The state of Michigan has had “No Fault” (i.e. socialized, i.e. “universal”) Auto Insurance going back a generation. How well has that worked out? Well, Michigan has the highest car insurance rates in the country; and fifty percent of motorists in Detroit don’t carry car insurance. And why should they, since the state makes responsible people pay more so that scofflaws are not inconvenienced. See also California and illegal immigrants.
At the end of the day, this is the kind of political posturing the left loves to do so much. The mundane business of collecting garbage, keeping streets in good repair, and keeping the cops honest but effective… theses sorts of things are just beneath the dignity of the radical left’s political class.