Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday Blahs…

First, the best headline of the day, from Drudge of course:

"Wienermobile" Crashes Into Pole;
Sustains Serious Damage to Bun

Let us offer a small prayer for the weenie…

In more serious business, I got this missive from my good friend Paul Markel at STUDENT OF THE GUN (whom I don's see nearly enough!) that sums up the ATF move on M855 "Green Tip" ammo over the weekend:
With respect and honor to Martin Niemoller... 
"They came for the Street Sweepers, but I was not a Street Sweeper owner so I said nothing. Then they came for the Kalashnikovs, but I was not a Kalashnikov owner so I said nothing. They came for 7N6 5.45x39 and then the M855, but again I said nothing. They came for me and there was no one left to speak."
To borrow a phrase from the Great Fool in the White House, let me be clear — this action is part and parcel of the coordinated Obama attack on gun rights that will continue until he is dragged kicking and screaming from the People's House. This is what we can expect for the next 2 years, from all directions.

I do want to make yet another point here…I've already seen how quick we are to point fingers…at ourselves. I've already seen at least one blogpost that suggests it's all Sig Sauer's fault, since they "poked the bear in the eye" with the Sig Brace. Nonsense. Part of the attacks we are facing will be aimed at driving wedges into the gun culture. I've published this quote from the movie Blue Collar before, but I think it's important that we truly understand the message: They'll do anything to keep you on their line. They pit the lifers against the new boys, the old against the young, the black against the white — EVERYBODY to keep us in our place.

Also keep in mind that the government, quite specifically Erick Holder and Hillary Clinton, were perfectly willing countenance the potential slaughter of hundreds of Mexican nationals to make a run on the Second Amendment. Given that, do you think for a moment our enemies need an excuse to attack us?

This from the NRA ILA:
In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” 
The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress. 
It isn’t even the third week of February, and the BATFE has already taken three major executive actions on gun control. First, it was a major change to what activities constitute regulated “manufacturing” of firearms. Next, BATFE reversed a less than year old position on firing a shouldered “pistol.” Now, BATFE has released a “Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c)”, which would eliminate M855’s exemption to the armor piercing ammunition prohibition and make future exemptions nearly impossible.
Here's more background from David Hardy at OF ARMS AND THE LAW:
I have some trouble understanding how the M855 fits the statutory definition of AP ammo. It has a two-part core, with a steel penetrator in front and a lead core behind it, under the standard copper-alloy jacket…
Obviously, real the whole thing. Bob Owens at BEARING ARMS has a fix, but here is the issue — the simple fix requires the Republicans in Congress to DO WHAT THE HELL WE ELECTED THEM TO DO, to stop the Obama agenda n its tracks….

What are the odds of that?


The Freeholder said...

We need to hold their feet to the fire and get all this "sporting" nonsense stricken from every rule in the place. It gives them too much latitude, and bureaucrats with latitude are never a good thing.

Sheepdog1968 said...

Hi Michael. I wish we had a billionaire on our side. One way we could fight back would be for said billionaire to open an ammo mfg facility and make nothing but 9 mm and 223 ball ammo and sell it at cost to the general public. If said billionaire doesn't do other caliber ammo, then the other ammo companies would still be able to make a living. We, the people, could then get affordable ammo and not have to worry about what the president does or doesn't do to surplus ammo. Heck, we might even be able to get some jobs out of this.

Anonymous said...

Where did this "sporting purpose" crap come from ? It is a blatant violation of both the Founders intentions as expressed in their own writings and the Supreme court's Miller decision.
This is definitely a case where if you tolerate it, allow it, and submit you are unworthy of having any rights.
Tom Bogan
Laconia NH

Rivrdog said...

If this M855 ban stands, soon all calibers for which there are PDWs/"pistols" will be affected. That means all FMJ ammo for not only the 5.56 NATO, hut 7.62x51 NATO, 7.62x39 & 5.45x39. Since almost ALL militia-appropriate rifles use these calibers, that's bad medicine for the true meaning of the 2A.

DamDoc said...

Rivdog.. the 30cal for M1 Carbine and Ruger Blackhawk.. how f.u. is that? perhaps based on the Blackhawk noise?

Graybeard said...

" Nonsense. Part of the attacks we are facing will be aimed at driving wedges into the gun culture. " Driving wedges is what community organizers do. It's all they know how to do.