When the founding fathers drew up the Constitution and the Bill of Rights they created the baseline level of rights that the government cannot take away from its citizens. It seemed to them that each of those rights and their corollaries were self evident. Sadly they never anticipated nor conceived the likes of the left wing lawyers and politicians who so permeate our national government today. Rather than attempt to change the Constitution through the means provided by the founders, the subversives of today prefer to remove the effectiveness of the clauses that protect us by attacking the things that make the clauses work.
In a blatant example last week, the Obama administration had the Defence Department change the manner in which they dispose of ammunition casings. No big deal, just an administrative change, many will say. If you didn’t understand the intent of the action then you’ll never understand why it is an assault upon the 2nd amendment right to bear arms.
The Defence Department is by far the largest consumer of ammunition of all types in this country. For reasons of quality, the Defense Department will only purchase new ammunition. This is as it should be. However, the brass shell casings that remain intact after ammunition is fired are still a valuable commodity. They can be reloaded with powder, primer and a bullet and reused. This is called recycling. Up until last week, the Defence Department would sell those used casings, at a premium over the base price of the brass alone, to companies that would reload them and offer them for sale to the aftermarket.
It was a system that worked well for all concerned. The military offset some of the cost of its ammunition supplies, and the reloader manufacturers were able to offer ammunition to state, local and private purchasers at a lower price. This is no small matter in a time of ammunition shortages and skyrocketing prices due to the operational needs of our military in two wars.
The change the Obama administration forced that will destroy this market is that henceforth, the Defense Department is required to destroy the intrinsic value of those brass shell casings by shredding them and then selling the metal as scrap. The value of scrap brass pound for pound is about one tenth the value of the intact shell casings. So why would the administration want to cut one of the revenue streams that help support the military by 90%? Frankly, they don’t give a damn about the military. They want to restrict the supply of ammunition available to private citizens. One way to do this is to drive the price of ammuntion as high as possible so that people cannot afford to buy it. It doesn’t matter to them that the biggest consumers of this reloaded ammunition are state and local governments who will now see their costs increase as well.
Oh, no, they would never ban firearms outright. Why should they when they can help ensure that those firearms remain unusable through ammunition shortages? It seems to me that the founders should have written the second amendment this way:
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms and the means to use them, shall not be infringed.
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Watch for more back stabbing assaults on the Constitution ahead.