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May 05 2021

Leftists Set Sights on Ammo

Ammo has been scarce and expensive since leftists took the White House and Senate. If liberals have their way, the situation will get worse.

The Gainesville Sun enthuses:

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Sunrise, first proposed requiring background checks for ammunition sales in 2018, after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Background checks are required to prevent people convicted of felonies and domestic abuse from making most gun purchases, but there are no checks on buying bullets.

The legislation is known as “Jaime’s law” in honor of Jaime Guttenberg, who was 14 years old when she was killed in Parkland. Wasserman Schultz announced last month that the bill was being reintroduced during a virtual press conference where she was joined by Jaime’s father, Fred Guttenberg.

Mass shootings are so monotonously exploited by gun-grabbing authoritarians that it hardly triggers the gag reflex anymore. It doesn’t seem worth the words to remark once again that this is a mental health issue, not a need to repeal constitutional rights issue. However, Bearing Arms does point out this:

What’s not mentioned is how Guttenberg’s daughter was killed by a guy who passed his background check because the sheriff’s office didn’t bother to arrest him on the plethora of domestic violence calls they responded to. He would have passed a background check for ammo as well.

Nor is there any acknowledgement that if you try to regulate ammo, criminals will just find a different source for it. Either they’ll get straw buyers–which will be even easier to pull off since ammo isn’t serialized and it’s consumable anyway–to obtain it for them.

Some are thinking this is a route around the Second Amendment, I’m sure. If so, they need to disabuse themselves of that notion. The right to keep and bear arms implies that you also have the means to use those arms effectively. That includes things like ammunition.

Another liberal objective is to place prohibitive taxes on bullets. This would have no effect whatsoever on crime. If you are willing to pay 30¢ per round to kill someone, you will be willing to pay $3 or $30 — not that that anyone will ever have to. Like guns, ammo will always be available on the black market. In 2017 alone, 8.1 billion rounds were produced for the US market. Much of it is hoarded out of fear of the government. There are trillions of rounds in private hands.

The sole point of taxing ammo is to punish harmless, law-abiding target shooters. America’s gun culture is a speed bump on the road to their totalitarian utopia; they mean to eradicate it.

On a tip from Lyle.


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