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Friday, February 27, 2015

M855: Stop Freaking Out, and Oppose This Rationally

SS109 / M855: not "armor piercing", and not actually banned yet
Well, The Washington Examiner got the hype started, and Fox News followed, but I've seen this
piece all over Facebook today:

Obama to Ban Bullets by Executive Action, Threatens the Most Popular Ammo


Oh, noes!!!!!!  No more boolits?  No.  There might be a ban, but it's not that bad.  Really.
After President Obama and his Democratic colleagues in Congress failed to accomplish their anti-gun agenda through the legislative process, they’re now turning to the only other avenue left to them: executive action.
And the popular AR-15 looks to be the most significant casualty. 
From The Washington Examiner
It’s starting. 
As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.
Y'all know Ol' Backwoods not going to defend this lawless, Constitution-despising administration,
but this story is full of hyperbole like that.  Up in the holler I'm from, this article would be called "a pack of lies".

Get it straight, people: the Obamites are NOT banning all .223 or 5.56 mm ammunition. They are not banning possession of anything (in fact, Ol' Backwoods himself got that wrong the other day).

The ATF has proposed the ban on manufacture and sale for civilian use of military-surplus ammunition, containing a 62-grain projectile (bullet) with a steel penetrator in front of a lead core, referred to by the military as M855, also called SS109 . Look, it's not any more armor-piercing than any other 5.56mm bullet is; at 3000 - 3500 feet per second, almost ANYTHING pierces soft body armor. Regardless, there's no reason under the stupid "Cop Killer" Boowits law (which Reagan signed) to ban it, because M855 has a lead core.

Maybe we can beat this ban back, and maybe we can't.   But articles like this are causing people to think all AR-15 ammo is banned, and they freak out and  buy up any 5.56 ammo they can get like there is no tomorrow, causing shortages for months and months to come.

THIS IS STUPID, PEOPLE! Get a grip on reality!

There's still time to comment to the ATF.  There's a petition on WhiteHouse.gov that even Ol' Backwoods signed.  What's that?  Don't want to end up on a "government list"?  Hey, we're ALL already on a government list, called "Form 4473s".  What's another?

Still, yes, the Obamites are doing everything they can to either disarm us, or to piss us off.  But when democracy turns to tyranny, the armed citizen still gets to vote.  Noah Webster's quote from the Founding era comes to mind:
Armed citizen voting NAY to tyranny (Bundy Ranch 2013)
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.
--Noah Webster in `An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution', 1787, a pamphlet aimed at swaying Pennsylvania toward ratification, in Paul Ford, ed., Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States, at 56 (New York, 1888).

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