The Supreme Court has ruled that the government can force you to buy a product as long as it’s called a “tax,” forging a new sword aimed directly at the heart of the Second Amendment.
Here’s the link between taxes and gun rights. First, some historical framework.
The Boston Tea Party was a precursor to the American Revolution. It began as a protest over Parliament’s imposing an unpopular tax on tea, a very popular drink at the time. More direct flash points were the battles at Lexington and Concord, where British troops attempted to disarm local militias. American liberty was founded on the principles of fair taxation and the right to keep and bear arms (among others, of course).
Taxes first come out of your paycheck (self-employed must budget for them quarterly). Next, you feed your children, pay mortgage and utilities, maintain your car so you can commute to work, etc. Whatever’s left is called discretionary income: You can decide if you want to buy some ammunition and go to the range, or buy a gun. Taxes reduce discretionary income. Since you still have to eat and fulfill all your other responsibilities, this means there’s less for firearms activities. The less people participate in shooting sports, the less valued it becomes, and the less relevant the Second Amendment becomes. This can be seen in urban areas, where isolation from nature and preoccupation with social status have become more important than Constitutional rights.
The Second Amendment isn’t about guns. It’s an affirmation of your God-given right to live free from others infringing upon your life and property. This principle manifests as the civil right of self-defense and property ownership, respectively. Similarly, gun control isn’t simply about infringing on your right to keep and bear arms, but about severing you from your Divine Birthright.
Do you think 21 new taxes will enhance your discretionary income? Do you think being forced to buy insurance will make it less expensive? Government just mandated a monopoly, “characterized by an absence of competition, which often results in high prices and inferior products.” You no longer have the competition-enhancing option of saying “no.” Pay up or pay taxes.