By Rob MorseWhy the ATF Didn’t Outlaw Your Ammunition This Week
Southern California –-(Ammoland.com) The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms claimed that the most popular rifle cartridge in the US was illegal. That was a huge power grab by the Obama administration.
That claim required the ATF to reinterpret its long-standing rules. And why shouldn't they.
There is no one to stop President Obama if he pressed forward with an illegal presidential finding.
Certainly the republican senators or congressmen will not stop the president. That left me wondering.. who stopped the latest gun grab?
Republican legislators said they might..do something. That is a hollow threat. Remember these are the political bodies lead by Senator Mitch McConnell and Representative John Bonner.. Messieurs Chinless and Spineless. These are the same RINO politicians who voted for Obamacare and supported open borders immigration while they were in the legislative majority. They would not defund the ATF. Obama set the groundwork to outlaw rifle ammunition in the US. In reply, a few Republicans wrote a sternly worded letter. The republicans are posturing politicians and the Obama administration knows it.
This proposed ammunition ban by the ATF opened the door to outlaw all civilian rifle ammunition. That door remains open. The director of the ATF, B. Todd Jones, said all 5.56 ammunition is a threat to law enforcement. So is most rifle ammunition in general. We should not be surprised by the ATF Director’s comment. The sentiment comes directly from the community organizer we elected as president. So what stopped the ATF?
The ammunition grab didn't go as planned. The Obama administration assumed the news media would offer unquestioning support. Instead, the news media actually reported the ammunition grab as news.
That is amazing. I was as shocked as the Obama administration. The media actually reported the news and what it meant to American firearms owners. Suddenly, the ammunition ban became politically dangerous for the ATF. Their action could galvanize America’s 100 million gun owners into opposition. Yes, even the gun owning old Fudds who think they are immune from politics could wake up. Gun owners, that sleeping mass of Americans, might wake up and realize that Obama wants to take their guns after all. These “non-political” gun owners are a giant the ATF wants to leave alone. The ATF wants that giant to sleep soundly.. at least through the next election.
The ammunition ban almost woke up the gun owners of the United States. This ammunition ban almost drove American gun owners to join the National Rifle Association, the Gun Owners of America, and the Second Amendment Foundation. I say almost.
The gun groups were ready to beat the drum and expand their membership. The gun groups ran commercials asking people to join them. The political masters at the ATF do not want to politicize and activate the 100 million gun owners in America.
So who stopped the ATF ammunition grab? We did!
The ammunition ban isn't over. The ATF will wait until a cop is shot with a rifle.. even if they have to sell rifles to criminals across the country. Then the ATF will return to the main stream media with fresh talking points in hand and propose an ammunition ban. You can count on it.
What should we do? How can the average Joe and Jane support liberty? I’m sorry, but it is not by giving money to the Republican Party and its RINOs. Wake up, America. Join the National Rifle Association, the Gun Owners of America and the Second Amendment Foundation. They support liberty and protect our rights.. even when Republican’s don’t.
About Rob Morse: By day, Rob Morse works as a mild mannered engineer for a Southern California defense contractor. By night he writes about gun rights at Ammoland, Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog. He is a combat handgun competitor and NRA basic pistol instructor.