The silence on guns is killing us
For the second year in a row the state of South Carolina has sponsored a Second Amendment Weekend—popularly called “the extrava-gun-za.” For two days over the Thanksgiving weekend shoppers can buy handguns, rifles and shotguns—but not ammunition and accessories—without paying the state’s 9 percent sales tax. If the sponsors of this gun-tax break have their way, the annual tax-free weekend for gun purchases will become permanent.

It could be argued that this is just the quirky practice of a small, conservative, gun-loving state. But gun sales have consequences: South Carolina is among the five states that are the source of 85 percent of the illegal handguns recovered in New York City.


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