Cook County, Illinois Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Wednesday that she’s dropping her proposed nickel-a-bullet tax, but will continue to push for a $25 tax on each firearm sold in the county, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Preckwinkle had said the ammo and gun tax were mainly intended to recoup some of the tens of millions of dollars the county spends every year treating uninsured shooting victims.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Cook County Hospital treats about 670 gunshot victims at year at an average cost of $52,000, Preckwinkle said.
Reuters added that there have been 440 murders in Chicago so far this year, surpassing the total in all of last year – 435 – and 22.2 percent more than the same period a year ago, according to Chicago Police.
Comedian Chris Rock made a case for bullet control years ago: