The Boston Tea Party involved people dumping tea into the harbor over taxes and 236 plus years later Cory points out how Wyoming gun nuts are staging their own little tax protest based on the absolutely ridiculous premise that no sales taxes should be charged on gun sales because of the 2nd Amendment. And again the “Tea Party” name comes into play.
The gun goonies cry that taxing their gun show sales infringes on their Second Amendment rights. If that’s the case, then taxing my purchases of paper, pens, computers, and Internet service infringes on my First Amendment rights.
So what does this have to do with the Tea Party? I thought this part from the same article sums that up quite nicely and is just another example of why the Tea Party movement is on the lunatic fringe of America.
The position of his group, Bouchard said, is that the state shouldn’t charge sales tax on gun and ammunition sales because of the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
“Everybody’s on edge,” said John Wise, director of the Pine Bluffs Shooting Association and of the gun show.
Identifying himself as a “tea partier and damned proud of it,” Wise said Friday that people are angry at the federal government over health care reform and other actions.
Now keep in mind the highlighted quote was given by someone explaining why tax agents had felt increasing animosity (re:fear) to the point that they felt it wise to stay away from these nuts. In other words don’t piss off a tea partier when he is near his guns and heaven forbid you do anything that affects his ability to shoot things, you know like tax it…