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Tax guns to pay for school guards -- Michael Nesemann

March 3, 2018 GMT

I am sorry that putting armed police in our schools has become a necessity. This will not solve our national problem with gun violence, but it appears an inescapable response to the obscene availability of weapons.

But why should cash-strapped school districts have to pay for such protection? Why not pay for them through taxes and registration fees on guns? This would be consistent with Gov. Scott Walker’s overall preference for switching from taxes to user fees, though increasing the gas tax is a notable exception.

If people who don’t use our state parks shouldn’t have to pay for their upkeep, why should people who don’t own guns have to pay for protecting children against those who do?

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Michael Nesemann, Lake Mills