21 November 2008

Toledo Mayor Wants to Charge A Fee For Plastic Grocery Sacks

Carty Finkbeiner, the esteemed mayor of Toledo, Ohio, has proposed that shoppers be charged a five cent fee (tax?) every time they take a plastic bag to sack their groceries within the city limits.

At issue? The waste plastic bags cause. Okay, I buy that. Not enough of them are recycled and they do clog landfills. And personally, when asked "paper or plastic?" at the grocery checkout my preference is always for the traditional brown paper sack.

But then he adds this in his letter to the Toledo City Council: He said the bags litter the streets, clog sewers, and take up valuable landfill space.

I have addressed the latter issue. Can't argue with the first. But that middle argument. They "clog sewers?" Who is flushing plastic bags down the toilet? Who in their right mind would do such a stupid thing?

Now at this point you are probably asking yourself, what does this have to do with firearms? Let me continue.

The only people who flush plastic bags down the drain are . . . drug dealers. When cops are at the door, that's where the evidence goes. So now we have the public being faced with the potential to be taxed because of what drug dealers do?

Doesn't that sound an awful lot like lawful firearms owners being penalized with bans on competition rifles, and efforts to restrict concealed carry? All because of the actions of CRIMINALS?

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