U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, joined by Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Chris Kennedy, announced Sunday he plans to introduce a bill this week that would raise federal taxes on the purchase of guns and ammunition.
The Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act would increase federal excise taxes on shells and cartridges from 11 percent to 50 percent. It also calls for an increase in taxes on the sale of pistols and revolvers from 10 percent to 20 percent.
Taxes on other firearms, including assault weapons, would rise from 11 percent to 20 percent under the legislation Davis said he plans to introduce Tuesday.
Money collected by the tax increase would go toward funding anti-violence programs.
“There’s no reason to have the ability for individual citizens to walk around with assault weapons,” Davis said, noting that a goal of the legislation is to make buying bullets for such weapons cost prohibitive.
“We need to ban assault rifles in the state of Illinois. But until then, we need to tax everyone so they pay their fair share,” Kennedy said.
* CBS 2…
Democratic candidate for governor Chris Kennedy joined Davis outside Mount Sinai Hospital saying bullet and gun producers should shoulder the cost.
“I think we’ve made the moral argument. I think we’ve made the religious argument. We’ve made the theological argument. We’ve made the legal argument,” says Kennedy. “We’ve made the justice argument that the violence needs to end. And today we’re making the financial argument.”
* On to the News-Gazette’s endorsement…
In this field, Kennedy is the superior candidate.
Liberal voters who want a liberal governor will have no complaints with his approach to the issues. At the same time, he’s made it clear that he has no use for the Democratic insiders who’ve enriched themselves through their political connections. That includes people like Madigan, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios and many others known and unknown by the people of Illinois.
Kennedy, a scion of the political family, has emphasized economic development and improved educational opportunities for the people and children of Illinois.
All the candidates cite those issues, and they mean it — to one degree or another.
Kennedy seems particularly sincere about education. But achieving his goals will never happen unless he or others create a business atmosphere that provides the kind of job opportunities — and tax revenues — that sustain a strong and growing middle class. […]
There’s no use pretending The News-Gazette sees eye to eye with Kennedy on every issue. Our philosophical differences are vast. Nonetheless, he’s a sincere advocate for his causes and would be a strong candidate in the fall election.
* This is a better one…
* Only two
weekend Saturday events were on Kennedy’s public schedule…
Saturday, February 23:
Lake County Meet and Greet
474 Central Avenue, Highland Park, IL 60035
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Chris Kennedy will host a Meet and Greet with local supporters.
Invest to Elect Forum
New Trier Township High School Northfield, 7 N Happ Rd, Northfield, IL 60093
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Chris Kennedy will participate in Invest to Elect’s Candidate Forum
He also marched in yesterday’s Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade.
…Adding… I searched my in-box for his Sunday schedule and didn’t see it. Here it is…
Sunday, February 25:
Chris Kennedy Church Visit
Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S Dorchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
9:10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.
Chris Kennedy will attend service at Apostolic Church of God
Press Conference with Congressman Danny Davis
Mount Sinai Hospital Emergency Room, 1500 S California Ave, Chicago, IL 60608
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Chris Kennedy will speak at a press conference with Congressman Danny Davis
Chris Kennedy Church Visit
First Pentecostal Church of God, 5146 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60609
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chris Kennedy will attend service and speak at First Pentecostal Church of God
Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade
W 24th St & S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Chris Kennedy will walk in the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade
Kissin’ Cousins . . .
All in the family: U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy III, who hit town last week to stump for Dem gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy, told a private, no-press-allowed gathering in Chicago last week: “He [Chris] is always there for the family. The one we all look up to. The one we count on. His birthday is July 4, one big reason we chose that date for the entire family to come together once a year.”
Hill swill: The anti-J.B. Pritzker-for-Illinois-governor contingents are clucking and clack-clack-clacking over whether J.B., who stuffed gobs of green stuff into Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign coffers — will invite Hillary to stump for him now that her popularity is listless in the polls.
Place a bet anyone?