Letter re CHO and VA Tech massacre
Would it surprise you to learn that a government agency actually
profited from the VA Tech massacre? About a four hour drive from
Blacksburg, VA to Washington DC, the US Fish and Wildlife Service
received a 10% excise tax on the handguns and an 11% excise tax on the
bullets that killed 32 people in Virginia.
The excise tax on firearms
and ammunition funds federal and state wildlife management agencies,
thus putting them into partnership with firearms manufacturers. The real
job of wildlife management is to increase the sale and discharge of
firearms. Excise taxes on firearms and ammunition end up in the
Conservation Fund and can only be used to generate more use of these
lethal products via hunting and shooting. Every year wildlife management
agencies attempt to lower the hunting age, thus putting guns into the
hands of younger and younger children.
Don’t you think it’s time to look
at the connection between hunting and firearms use? Regardless of who
dies or where, the Conservation Fund benefits. Gun crime victims and
their families need to lay claim to these funds, and now.
Cho was 23 years old. He left Korea when he was 8 and lived in the US
for 15 years, that’s almost twice as long as he lived in Korea. He was
much more a product of US society than Korean.
Korean politicians should stop apologizing for him, but American
politicians should start.
Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
New Paltz, NY USA