Conservatives love to be “literal”; they invoke it for just about everything, and to such a degree you’d think they were little better than automatons, incapable of creative thought. The Constitution is a good example: the number of conservatives who approach the Constitution with a “literalist” mindset is rather startling, but that only lasts until it gets turned against them. For instance, the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear arms — but it doesn’t say anything at all about a right to keep ammunition.
And the AFT has finally hit on that, it seems, with a recent move to ban a certain type of ammunition. Predictably, the NRA-ILA ammosexuals are screaming bloody murder as a result.
The outrage is primarily directed at President Gungrabber, who had the audacity to suggest that just because you can have a nuclear weapon doesn’t mean you should. Rights, after all, are fluid things, guaranteed by the state and the people who live in that state, not by some higher boogieman or sky fairy.
The actual round in question, according to the Washington Fear Monger, is the “green-tip” 5.56, and the ATF wants to re-classify it as armor-piercing:
On Feb. 13, the ATF issued a notice of its intention to reclassify the M855 round, also known as “green tip” 5.56, as “armor-piercing ammunition” and, therefore, illegal under the Gun Control Act of 1968 and Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act of 1986. The laws ban handgun ammunition that contains certain materials. Rounds designed to be fired from rifles, such as the “green tip” 5.56, have been exempt from the laws for decades.
The ATF has decided the availability of AR-15 variants it classifies as pistols means the “green tip” 5.56 is now handgun ammunition. It used the same justification to ban the importation of 7N6 5.45×39, a round often used in AK-47 style rifles, in April of last year.
The “green tip” variant of 5.56 is one of the most widely available types of ammunition. Shooting enthusiasts and hunters prefer the round in long-distance situations.
Those laws are abominations, by the way; the acts of tyrants. Here’s a short list of what they banned:
“By way of background, federal law imposed in 1986 prohibits the manufacture, importation, and sale by licensed manufacturers or importers, but not possession, of “a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely . . . from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium.”
“Depleted uranium.” My God, however is Bubba gonna hunt skunks without depleted uranium rounds? Half their audience probably doesn’t even know what the hell tungsten is, but they’ll fight to the death for their right to shoot at squirrels using it (we’re all envious of things more intelligent than we are).
The NRA-ILA goes onto explain to their members that:
BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) is accepting comments until March 16, 2015 on this indefensible attempt to disrupt ammunition for the most popular rifle in America.
I’m sure the BATFE is looking forward poorly-spelled diatribes that make threats to personal safety and end in “God bless you.”
I have so very little empathy for this. So what if it’s the most popular rifle in America? Care to venture how little I care about that? It’s also one of the most popular rifles for massacres, too.
If anything, I feel an ammo ban doesn’t go far enough. What about mandatory gun insurance with each firearm; conservatives love to compare guns with cars. Or an ammunition tax, similar to a cigarette tax? If ammunition costs an arm and a leg, the worst that happens is that they’ll be more careful about how they use it, and make sure the guns are empty before they risk firing it. That’s a win as far as I’m concerned.
The real kicker is this, though: Ammosexuals are the first people collectively crap their pants when they’re being threatened by whatever’s triggering their over-active amygdala this week (ISIS? Immigrants? Do they even know?) They deserve their guns to protect them from imaginary threats to their safety, but the rest of us deserve nothing to protect us from them — and the very real threat to our safety they represent.
[h/t Crooks and Liars]