During the recent M855 ammo imbroglio, there were some people, including one local gun store owner who is now minus a customer (*ahem*) who were poo-pooing the entire story. It was "made up to drive up the price of ammo" was the favorite beef, followed by "It's only about armor piercing bullets" from the Elmer Fudd Society, who wouldn't know black tip from green tip if it rose up and bit them on the arse.
So would you jerks believe the Director of the BATFE if he told you?
In a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, ATF Director B. Todd Jones said all types of the 5.56 military-style ammo used by shooters pose a threat to police as more people buy the AR-15-style pistols.
"Any 5.56 round" is "a challenge for officer safety," he said. Jones asked lawmakers to help in a review of a 1986 bill written to protect police from so-called "cop killer" rounds that largely exempted rifle ammo like the 5.56 because it has been used by target shooters, not criminals.
Let's try this again, slowly for those of you who are slow on the uptake. It isn't about "those guns" or "that ammo". It's not about hunting. It isn't about "officer safety" or public health or "the children!"
It's about control, and specifically, control of the people who scare the living hell out of a certain group--the group who thinks they are the smartest people in the room and who want to run everything, including your life. If it were up to those among that group who are the least constrained, there would be laws, turn-in periods and door-to-door confiscation. After that there would be raids. And after that, there will be this:
Now while those are Polish Jews being loaded on that particular train, you need to bear in mind that after every firearm confiscation in the 20th century (save Great Britain and Australia) came genocide against some group of the population.
It happens. Every. Fucking. Time. Because it really isn't about guns, it really is about control. Of you.
In parting, consider these words:
The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed—where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.
Judge Alex Kozinski, US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,What do you suppose those Polish Jews would have given for a few dozen pistols and some ammunition?
In Re SILVEIRA v. LOCKYER