The simple truth is that if the government gives something to someone then that means that they are going to take it away from someone else or a lot of somebody else. That is where more taxes come from. Why not let the person that wants a particular service pay for that service so that you and I don't have to subsidize it? AND if the extra $5 hurts so badly then they probably don't have any business spending several hundred dollars to buy a pistol or rifle. And, yes I do believe that when I ask for a pistol permit from the Sheriff of the county, the background check is more thorough than the check the Feds do when I buy a rifle.
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