Targeting The Ammo

It should be obvious
by now that there is a very large push to pass gun legislation by the left. One
of the reasons is the several high-profile shootings in both Uvalde and in
Buffalo, which is typical after a tragedy. The second reason I would argue is that
it make Republicans (note I am not a fan of either side, just stating political
parties) less electable in the mid-terms. This is important because as it sits
right now, running off current liberal policies and control of the House,
Senate and Executive Office, their track record of record high inflation, gas
prices, foreign and domestic policy all read like a playbook to losing the
mid-terms. That said, there are even more insidious operations that are
currently taking place that could be tied to the government in general, and in
this case the Department of Defense.

In a YouTube video,
seen here, Glenn Beck talks to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)
about communications they have had with both Winchester and members of Congress
about the Department of the Army asking Winchester to stop selling its excess
ammunition to the public, specifically from the Lake City Ammo Plant. For those
of you who don’t know, every few years, a different manufacturer gets the
contract to operate the Lake City Plant, which manufactures the majority of
small arms ammunition for the United States government, and in exchange that
manufacturer can sell the excess not contracted by the government to the public
to fun expansion and provide profit for the rounds. This is done for several
reasons, but the main one is that it allows for the capacity and capability of
the plant to rapidly expand the output for wartime needs. If the civilian sales
are dropped, it is a 30-40% of production capability that is taken away and
takes time to rebuild, valuable time if in wartime.

This is something I have worried about for a long time,
starting back in 2012 when the first major ammo crunches started taking place
after then President Obama promised gun control. Since then, magnified by the
pandemic, constant threats of gun control, banning importation of ammunition
from various countries, and primer and powder shortages, it is seeming more and
more likely that the best way to destroy gun ownership is to make them
paperweights. With less and less people reloading, and all components of that
practice becoming more expensive, if the Lake City Ammo plant was prevented
from selling to the commercial market, you could expect 223/5.56 ammo as high
as $2-4 a round. Who could afford to shoot often then?

I do want to point out that I am no fan of the NSSF after I
helped to break the news of them supporting Red Flag Laws as I wrote about
here, and I can’t confirm this isn’t a ploy to get us to forget about their questionable
steadfastness. From the sounds of it Winchester blew them off and stated that
it was a violation of their contract, but I would expect that the next contract
to be amended in a way that addresses this “request”.

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Author: Ian Bolser