The aggressiveness of the Obama administration in its war on guns already this year has surprised even the National Rifle Association.
Unloading his latest round of gun-control legislation, President Barack Obama's executive fiat is poised to stop Americans from buying and selling a traditional form of ammunition that has been one of the country's favorites for generations — the .223-caliber "green-tipped" bullet. It's commonly used in an array of rifles sold at local sporting goods store.
The "justification" behind the Obama administration's ban is based on the availability of a new kind of revolver that can use the same ammunition made for general-purpose rifles. Some gun-control advocates — including those staffed at the White House — flag this ammo as "armor-piercing," according to WND's Leo Hohmann.
News of the White House's move to try and further squelch the freedoms of gun-toting Americans — by keeping them from loading their favorite "green-tipped" rounds — had an immediate effect on Valentine's Day.
"The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) announced on February 14 a proposed ban on the manufacture, sale or importation of a popular form of ammunition used by thousands of law-abiding gun owners," reports Hohmann. "Within hours of the announcement, the prices on the green-tipped .223-caliber rounds started skyrocketing."
Restricting munitions for rifle owners was not the intent behind the Gun Control Act of 1968 that Congress amended in 1986 to keep criminals with handguns from accessing the "cop killer" bullets from store shelves. It was already known and accepted that an AR-15 or any other high-powered hunting rifle firing the bullet could pierce a police officer's soft body armor.
"This is just another example of the Obama administration using executive authority to attack the rights of gun owners," Second Amendment Foundation founder and executive vice president Alan Gottlieb contended, reports WND. "Obama thinks he is 'dictator in chief' and can go around Congress to ban ammunition and punish legitimate gun owners. The Obama administration has doubled down on their war on gun owners."
Gottlieb isn't the only gun-rights advocate who is appalled at Obama's latest attempt to steamroll American's right to bear arms — with accessible bullets, that is.
Same route, different agenda
GeorgiaCarry.org executive director Jerry Henry insists that the president's appeal to executive action to force his latest highly contended campaign against gun owners is reminiscent of his dictatorial handling of the unilateral action he took to push amnesty through for illegal immigrants.
"This move is nothing less than this administration taking the law into their own hands, bypassing Congress and their constitutional duties of writing and passing legislation," Henry decried to WND. "This administration has failed to pass gun-control legislation through the constitutional process. They have failed at the polls to pass meaningful gun control, and they have failed to win in the courts,"
Henry attests this latest effort by the White House is merely the president's last-ditch attempt to advance his gun-control agenda at any cost.
"The only way left is through illegal processes and backdoor regulations," Henry continued. "The American people have spoken to the gun-control antics of this administration, but this administration refuses to listen."
Henry told WND that the current administration has reversed the "master and servant" relationship that American citizens were intended to have with government and its officials. He says the federal powers have now grabbed the reins and continue to straight-arm Americans, ordering them what to do — not only without their blessing, but against their will.
"If this is not stopped and stopped now, this administration will continue to push their agenda to disarm the American citizens with the goal of making them slaves to the U.S. government," Henry alerted WND. "Citizens have the right to be armed. Slaves to the U.S. government will have no such right."
Chipping away at citizen's rights
According to Henry, Obama is masterfully putting the process of incremental-ism into action, building upon Congress' Gun Control Act of the '60s and Reagan's "armor-piercing" ban of the '80s only to eradicate one of its major exceptions.
"If he gets by with this, I believe he will not stop in his efforts to disarm us via regulations," Henry stressed.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) states the M855 ball bullet has absolutely no business being classified as "armor-piercing" ammunition because it is "primarily intended for sporting purposes." Furthermore, it argues that because the bullet has a traditional lead core — not steel, bronze, brass, beryllium copper, depleted uranium or beryllium copper, as all armor-piercing bullets do — it cannot be legitimately classified as "armor-piercing."
The aggressiveness of the Obama administration this year in its war on guns has even surprised the NRA, which has been battling with the White House over its gun-control agenda since the president took office more than six years ago.
"It isn't even the third week of February, and the BATFE has already taken three major executive actions on gun control," the NRA announced. "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."
Pointing out that it's just a matter of time before Obama bypasses Congress again to assert his extreme gun-control agenda, Gottlieb is certain that round two is already in the works.
"Obama will use his executive powers to do as much damage as he can get away with," Gottlieb warns. "This is not the end of his attack on Second Amendment rights."