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A Unified Agenda To Attack Gun Rights From Every Direction
Make no mistake: There’s a method to Obama’s madness. His strategy is simple:
- Steadily expand the list of characteristics that disqualify a person from gun ownership;
- Steadily narrow the list of firearms and ammunition that Americans are allowed to own;
- Ban one bullet here … ban one gun there … block gun imports here … restrict gun accessories there … chip away at the edges, divide and demonize hunters, sow division among gun owners, then attack them one-by-one from every angle until nothing is left.
To see this pincers strategy at work, just look at how Obama’s BATFE floated a proposal to ban “green tip” M855 ammunition—one of the most popular rounds for AR-15 and other 5.56×45 mm rifles.
The details of this scheme are convoluted and, to many, confusing. But to boil it down, Obama’s BATFE suddenly decided that because M855 ammunition (like virtually all centerfire rifle ammunition) will penetrate bullet-resistant body armor, and because AR-15 handguns are available that will fire this round, therefore the ammunition should be banned under the law that bans armor-piercing handgun bullets. Indeed, BATFE Director B. Todd Jones testified before a U.S. Senate committee in March that he considers not just M855 but also all 5.56 ammo to be a threat to law-enforcement officers.
Never mind that no police officer has ever been killed by an M855 round penetrating body armor. Never mind that handguns have been available that will fire this ammunition for over 30 years. Never mind that M855 ammunition has been lawfully sold and used by millions of Americans for plinking, target shooting and defense for decades. And never mind that the M855 doesn’t penetrate body armor any better, and is actually less powerful, than the ammunition millions of deer hunters use every year.
The whole scheme was built on lies. For a prime example, just look at former Obama campaigner Marjorie Clifton, who falsely claimed on Fox News that M855 ammunition “has been used in every mass shooting we’ve had in the country over past years.”
The NRA mobilized gun owners nationwide to submit comments to ATF to oppose the proposed ban on M855 ammunition, and the Obama administration backed off from the proposal—for now.
But you can bet they’ll be back as soon as they get an opportunity to do so.
“Universal Bullet Ban”?
And whether or not you own an AR-15 or any rifle that fires 5.56 ammunition, the fact is this anti-gun gambit against M855 could be “transformed” into a universal bullet ban.
Consider this: Environmentalists have been trying for years to ban lead ammunition as an “environmental hazard.” The Center for Biological Diversity filed multiple lawsuits in federal court to try to force the EPA to ban lead ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The NRA stopped them—for now—but you can bet they’ll be back with new legal theories to push their ban. Indeed, California banned lead ammunition for hunting two years ago.
So if lead ammunition is banned, what will hunters and gun owners use? The obvious answer is non-lead “green ammo,” whose bullets are made from some other metal than lead—brass, bronze, copper, tungsten or some combination, just to name a few.
But if non-lead-containing “green ammunition” is outlawed under BATFE’s M855 ammo ban … and lead-containing ammunition is banned as an environmental hazard, what’s left?
Guns won’t work without projectiles. And the ballistic coefficient of marshmallows is terrible.
That’s what I mean when I call this a “pincer movement.” But it’s just one of the ways the Obama administration is attacking gun owners, guns, ammunition and the Second Amendment freedom to own them.