a. Many of the Saints believed it would be confiscated by the Government
b. Many of the Saints were donating to the temple and felt this was sufficient
c. Many of the Saints believed that since it was not a temple recommend question, that it really wasn’t required
d. Many of the Saints believed if they had a calling that this substituted for tithing
(C)Because he was a polygamous
From the life of William Joseph McMurrin: On the night of Nov. 28, 1885, a tragedy occurred which, were it not for a miracle, would have terminated in the death of Elder McMurrin. This was during the period known among our people as the “crusade”—when officers of the law were raiding the settlements of the Saints in search of offenders against the Edmunds acts, and when much unnecessary violence was resorted to in order to capture those who were most eagerly sought. Elder McMurrin, on the occasion above mentioned, was attacked by a United States deputy marshal, who shot him twice in the bowels, the bullets passing entirely through his body. Being wounded in such a vital part, no hope would be entertained that human skill would be of any avail in saving his life. The most eminent doctors of the city were positive in their opinion that he could not live. More than one of them declared that no person had ever been known to survive such deadly wound. Brother McMurrin also felt that this life was fast ebbing away, and fully expected to die. While in this condition—waiting for the end—and believing that he had but a few hours at most to live, he was visited by Apostle John Henry Smith. He related to the Apostle what his doctors had told him, and expressed his own belief in the correctness of their view. After hearing What Brother McMurrin had to say, Apostle Smith took him by the hand and said: “Brother Joseph, as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus, I promise you in the name of Jesus Christ that if you desire to live you shall live, no matter what doctors may say to the contrary.” Elder McMurrin had a wife and two children at this time, and had a strong desire to live to care for them, and the promise of the Apostle filled him with hope and joy. But when Apostle Smith had departed from the house, and when he looked at the dreadful wounds in his body, he could not believe it possible that the promise would be realized. God, however, in His merciful kindness and in fulfillment of the promise of His inspired servant, spared his life. The wounds were healed, and Elder McMurrin was completely restored to soundness of body. His recovery was a miracle wrought by the power of the Lord, and he freely and emphatically acknowledges that such was the case.
Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) 1: 217.