ATF Director Todd Jones, who is resigning at the end of the month, angered Democrats last week when he backed down from a controversial plan to ban certain types of armor-piercing ammunition for AR-15 rifles amid pressure from Republicans and gun rights groups.
The bullet ban was handled “sloppily,” Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said Friday, but he is hoping to revive the plan under the new ATF director.
…which would be an excellent reason to hold off on a new BATFE director until Barack Obama can find one that thinks that the US Constitution needs to be followed instead of evaded. Which will probably be ‘never,’ but that’s fine: BATFE is one of those unholy amalgamations of various programs that have been epoxied together and called a bureau. Break it up into its constituent parts, hand over the relevant ones to other agencies, and let the carcass of the rest bloat in the sun, is what I say.
If I had to bet on just one conspiracy theory about the Obama White House, it might be the seemingly outlandish idea that he actually works for the gun industry and gets a cut of every AR15 and box of ammo they sell because there can be no other reason they do so many things calculated to sell more AR15s and accompanying ammo than have ever been sold in the history of mankind.
I understand why you wanted one, too: it’s an extremely popular rifle for a reason. You figured that getting one used from a reputable dealer was a good bargain, which it is. And as for the risk… what risk? Are you not a perfectly law-abiding individual? Have you not demonstrated that you’re a responsible citizen? Can you not be trusted with a semi-automatic weapon?
And indeed, you can be so trusted. But here’s the thing, Mark Kelly: WE CAN TRUST VIRTUALLY EVERY OTHER PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHO HAS EVER PURCHASED AN AR-15. As witnessed by the fact that we do not live in a post-Collapse urbanized wasteland.
OK, remember last weekend, when there were a bunch of reports of armed people at the Arizona town hall? Lots of stories of bemused reporters trying to get their heads around the notion that in Arizona you can wander around with an AR-15 –
Which is not a fully automatic weapon, by the way. You can’t buy fully automatic weapons in the USA*. I mention this because this is apparently news to our journalistic class.
– anyway, lots of bemused reporters, not least because of this picture (via here):
Health care rationing protester, by the way. See also this video, and stop at about 0:28.