On April 17, 1775 the British sent troops to Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts. Their job was to seize all of the arms, musket balls and black powder that John Hancock had stored in his warehouses in Concord. The day before, on April 16, 1775 British Major General Thomas Gage signed two arrest warrants, believing when he arrested the two ringleaders of the rebellionHancock and Samuel Adamsand hung them in the public square, resistance to the crown would die quickly. Instead, as British Col. Francis Smith split his troops into two forces, sending the smaller group to Lexington to arrest Adams and the larger to to Concord to arrest Hancock and seize the weapons and ammunition in his warehouse, the Minute Men ambushed both forces, and in an unorthodox style of fighting which the British had never encountered and could not overcome, the colonial militia drove the redcoats back to Boston.
At the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, Patrick Henry said, "We should never forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists." And, the American people have not forgotten.
It is important for the American people to understand one thing about Barack Obama. He is an avid student of history. As he studied at Occidental College and at both Columbia and Harvard, Obama learned one immutable fact about history. While it is a chronology of the past, it is the best tactical political map to predictor alterthe future. Obama has studied the biographies of men like Abraham Lincoln (who erased the Constitution of the United States for over four years and became America's first dictator), Vladimir Lenin, Franklin D. Roosevelt (America's second dictator who created blameless bureaucrats in an illusionary fourth branch of government ), Josef Stalin and Adolph Hitler (the only dictator to topple a constitutional republic) examining their successes and failures. In Obama's mind, he reasoned if he could avoid the pitfalls that brought down men like Lincoln, Lenin and Hitler, he could become "president for life." Dicators today don't call themselves "dictator." The prefer the title "President" since it sounds more democratic. Make no mistake about it, that is Obama's goal. And, make no mistake about it that Obama is an illegal alienKenyan by birth and a subject of the British crown, adopted by Indonesia as a naturalized citizen of that nationwho now resides in the White House, realizes his problems will begin when he is out of office and no longer controls the nation's top cop, the federal courts, and the military.
One of the things about Hitler that stuck with Obama was Hitler's German Weapons Act of 1938 that replaced Germany's 1928 gun law which required, but allowed, all German citizens to acquire a permit to buy a gun. In 1935, German Jews were no longer considered "citizens," thus a new law was needed to clarify who could, and who could not, own a gun. The 1938 law required gun manufacturers and dealers to keep a record of those who purchased guns by serial number. This information was forwarded to the Gestapo. If someone who was not supposed to have a gunor ammunition for a gunwas able to buy one, it was equally as hard on the gun dealer as it was the gun buyer. This was the registration that brought about the seizure of all weapons and ammunition from working class Germans. Only trusted party officials of the central government or the states within Germany were exempt from the seizure when it occurred.
On March 18, 1938 when Hitler issued the edict which immediately became law (hmmm...that's a lot like Obama issuing Executive Orders to create "laws" that Congress is not willing to enact), he said: "The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjects to carry arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected peoples to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the underdog is sine qua non [something essential] for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So lets not have any native militia or police."
I guess that's why America's fourth President, James Madison said: "A government that doesn't trust it's law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is itself unworthy of trust." His predecessor, Thomas Jefferson, said: "Laws that forbid the carrying of guns disarm only those whoa re neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes...Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailant. They serve to encourage rather than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
L. Neil Smith (in The Probability Broach) rejected that "...armed people are free. No State can control those who possess the will to resist. No mob can take their liberty and property...People who object to weapons aren't abolishing violence, they are begging for rule by brute force, when the biggest, strongest animals among men will always automatically be right. Guns ended that. A social democracy is a hollow farce without an armed populace to make it work."
Even during the days of Washington and Jefferson, the Federalists attempted to outlaw the private ownership of guns, arguing that in the greatest cities of Europe, the populations live safely unarmed. Gun ban advocatesalmost all federalistswho were determined flip the balance of power away from the States by making the States subservient to the dictates of the central government, knew they would never succeed as long as free men possessed the right to own firearms. Tench Coxe, a Whig who voted with the Federalists because of his friendship with Federalist Alexander Hamilton, argued on the floor of Congress on June 18, 1789 that "...civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens. The people are confirmed by [the Bill of Rights] in their right to keep and bear private arms."
As we can see, the "ban the guns" debate is not a new one. Opponents of gun rights have existed in America since our nation's birth. Beginning in 1787, the gun-ban advocates were Federalists. Today they still are, only today we call them "liberals" or "social progressives." The patriots who met the redcoats in the woods between Lexington and Concord on April 17, 1775 are what we call "conservatives" today. If you are politically a liberal today, you would have been a "Loyalist" if you lived during the American Revolution. Or, if you're a radical leftwinger, you would have been a "Tory."
And, if you were a Tory, you wouldn't have been a big fan of the Constitution in 1787, either. The same way you likely aren't a big fan of it today if you are a social progressive. Most leftwingers today believe that the old, worn-out parchment died almost two centuries ago and should have been buried. That's why social progressive judges today reinterpret the Bill of Rights at will (a right they do not possess) by coupling it with other amendments, with unrelated pieces of legislation and, in the case of freedom of religion, with a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Baptist leaders in Danbury, Massachusetts in which he said, "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that the act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State." In desperation, the US Supreme Court used Jefferson's verbally illustrated "wall of separation" in Reynolds v US 98 US 145 in 1879 to deny the free exercise claims of the Mormons. Every Justice on the Supreme Court who violated the Bill of Rights by voting for Reynolds should have been impeached and removed from the bench.
Once they discovered they could use anything from McGuffey's Reader to Tales From the Darkside to "update" the Constitution to meet today's societal needs, social progressive judges did just that. There's too much gun violence. Take guns, or the bullets that kill, out of the equation and there's no gun violence. Of course, if you take guns and ammunition out of the equation there's no liberty, either. But that is, in the long run, the core of objective of every government in the world. A disarmed public is an obedient public. Government is more concerned about gun violence than liberty. Liberty is something the human chattel cherish so dearly they will die so their families may have it. The pedigreed elite, who owned the land, the factories, and the jobs, already possess it and believe it's their right to dole out freedom like a retractable gratuity to those who obey their edicts.
Surprising, that very debateand the attempt to disarm the population to make them easier to rulehas been going on since long before firearms were the weapon of voice of warriors. On Aug. 29, 1558 the Japanese Shogun, Toyotomi Hideyoshi made this decree: "The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords, bows, spears, firearms, or other types of arms. The possession of these elements makes difficult the collection of taxes and dues, and tends to permit uprisings."
Now that we've explored almost 500 years of weapons theory, we can see why [a] the Founding Fathers inserted into the Constitution of the United States the inherent right of the American people to own and bear arms, and [b] why the left feels they have the right to abrogate gun ownership under the illusionary Commerce Clause because guns kill.
The State believes it has the right to arbitrarily decide that we, as a whole People, have collectively abused the right to own firearms because .0001% of the people have abused it. The State repeatedly tries to legislatively repeal that right, or place whatever restrictions or limitations on gun ownership they can push through Congress. If Congress proposed and passed a resolution to add a 29th Amendment that would repeal or greatly diminish our rights under the 2nd Amendment that somehow made it through Congress, it would never clear the States since as a rule, the American redcoats "own" 18 States (Let me amend that statement. It would never clear in an honest vote in the State legislatures. But the 16th and 17th Amendments should never have become law, either. Billions of dollars in graft changed hands to get votes for both amendments. In the end, it was fraud that certified them.) The pro-gun conservatives usually take 32 States. Anyway you look at it, the social progressives can't get 3/4 of the States to abolish the 2nd Amendment. Thus, the next best thing has been to simply enact new laws which on their face are unconstitutional since the federal government assumes, the 10th Amendment notwithstanding, that they have the right under the Commerce Clause, to enact whatever laws they need to protect them from the people, or the people from themselves.
When Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt found himself the victim of an attempted assassination by Guiseppe Zangara on Feb. 15, 1933, two weeks before he became the 32nd President of the United States, he reacted by having the New Deal Congress enact the National Firearms Act of 1934 which forbade gun owners from modifying their weapons so they could more easily be concealed. The law ended up on the docket of the US Supreme Court as United States v Miller (307 US 174). Not only did the high court find that FDR's US v Miller was unconstitutional, they found it so on an 8-0 vote with Associate Justice William O. Douglas, a close friend of FDR's abstaining. All of the court's liberals voted to protect the right of Americans to keep and bear arms. The decision stunned the Roosevelt Administration when the justices said the Founding Fathers crafted the 2nd Amendment specifically because they were convinced that somewhere down the road into the history the people of the United States might have to fight an oppressive government to retain their liberty and, therefore, it was in the best interests of the nation that the people be as well-armed as its government. US v Miller was the 32nd gun rights case to reach the Supreme Court. Heller v US in 2008 was the 64th. The gun foes are pretty much batting "zero." Which is what, last year, made them rethink their strategy on how to punish legal gun owners for owning weapons. And of course, at the same time, figure out in the long run, how to take their guns away from them.
In Chicago, Cook County President Toni Preckwinke spearheaded the effort to insert a violence tax on Cook County gun owners by inserting a measure in Chicago's 2013 budget to assess legal gun owners with a tax of $25 on each weapon they own per year, and taxing them 5¢ per bullet for every bullet purchased. (The violence tax on the smallest container50 roundsis $2.50. Buy a 500-round brick and the violence tax is $25.00.) It's important to note that if Cook County is able to accurately assess every box of ammo you purchase for every weapons you own, it means the communists in Washington and the communists at State level will have been able to institute a gun registration program in Illinois.
Evil ambitious men know before they can rule men they must subdue them. Be certain you understand why those who claim they want only to make the community more safe, work in stealth to take away from men their right under the first law of naturethe right of self defense. Once the right of the people to keep and bear arms is prohibited, history has shown that liberty is always annihilated and men become the human chattel of government.
McMinn County War
In 1936. Paul Cantrell controlled everything that happened in McMinn County. But the Republican Cantrell could not overwhelm the FDR groundswell. He ran for sheriff in 1936 as a Democrat with the backing of the State Democratic Party. He rode Roosevelt's popularity into the McMinn County Sheriff's Office. He was reelected in 1938. In 1942 Cantrell ran for, and was elected to, the State Senate. Pat Mansfield, Cantrell's chief deputy became the new sheriff of McMinn County. As the Cantrell political machine grew, Paul Cantrell became the Boss Crump of McMinn County. And, in 1936, the residents of McMinn County lost their liberty.
The majority Republican residents of Athens, the county seat of McMinn County, were convinced that vote fraud decided Cantrell's election as sheriff as a Democrat since Athens was solidly Republican with barely enough Democrats to make a quorum at a sewing bee. In each ensuing election the people in Athens and McMinn County became increasingly convinced that the machine was not just sticking a few extra ballots in the ballot boxes. Rather, they believed before the election the Cantrell machine "voted the election" and when the polls closed, the voted ballots were disposed of and the pre-election "votes" were substituted.
Beginning in 1938, the voters began filing complaints with both the State Board of Elections and with the US Attorney General. To tighten their control on McMinn County in 1940, Cantrell arranged to get one of his Etowah cronies, George Wood elected to the State legislature. Wood and Cantrell proposed a bill in the State legislature to reduce the number of voting precincts in McMinn County from 23 to 12, and reduce the number of Justices of the Peace from 14 to 7. Of the seven, four were Cantrell men.
When Gov. Prentice Cooper signed the Wood-Cantrell bill into law, Republican opposition in McMinn County died almost overnight. From that point on, McMinn County was an open county with the Cantrell Machine feeding on the local graft and a patronage system that paid the Sheriff's Department a fee everytime they booked, incarcerated and released a prisoner. The McMinn County Court remained in the control of Republicans, which in 1940 instructed the county to buy voting machines to get away from the paper ballot boxes. The Cantrell Democrats got a bill passed in Nashville abolishing the McMinn County Court. Then Cantrell sold all of the voting machines to "save the county money."
In 1946 the US Justice Department launched an investigation of election fraud in McMinn County, finding sufficient evidence of vote fraud in 1940, 1942 and 1944. What triggered that investigation was what history records as the McMinn County War.
In the summer of 1945 Tennessee veterans began returning home from war. By the summer of 1946 the streets of Athens and Etoweh along US Highway 11 between Nashville and Memphis overflowed with military uniforms as some 3,000 young menabout 10% of McMinn's populationmustered out and came home. Three thousand GIs with muster pay in their pockets were easy pickings for Sheriff Pat Mansfield's special deputies. Mansfield singled them out, and with the slightest provocation, jailed and fined them. The GIs got mad. The more GIs arrested, the madder they got.
The veterans decided the only way to "free" McMinn County was to elect their own slate of county officials. Knox Henry, a veteran of the North African campaign ran as an Independent against Cantrell, who switched berths with Mansfield. Mansfeld was running for the State Senate and Cantrell for sheriff. On Aug. 1, 1946 the voters lined up early in the largest voter turnout in the history of McMinn County. Joining them were 300 special deputies designed to intimidate the voters. The veterans sent two telegrams on July 22: one to Tennessee Gov. Jim McCord, the other to US Attorney General Tom Clarkboth Democrats. The telegrams requested State and federal assistance to guarantee a fair election. Neither telegram was answered. About 2 p.m. Otto Kennedy, an adviser to the veterans told Jim Buttram, the campaign manager for the Independent movement, that Cantrell had just posted armed deputies at each precinct. He intended to take custody of the ballot boxes at precisely 4 p.m. when the polls closed. Cantrell intended to take them to jail where his department would "count" the ballots and declare the winners of the election.
The veterans held an emergency meeting at Kennedy's Essankay garage across the street from Buttram's office where the veterans were told if they weren't carrying weapons, to go home and arm themselves and be prepared to fight the Sheriff's Department for "custody" of the ballots. By 3 p.m. they were back. Most were armed. It was then, across town, that Tom Gillespie, an elderly black farmer from Union Road in the county entered the 11th voting precinct to vote. Windy Wise, a Cantrell deputy told Gillespie, "Nigger, you can't vote here." When Gillespie protested, Wise hit him in the face with brass knuckles. Gillespie dropped his ballot and ran for the door. Wise pulled a pistol and shot him in the back, seriously wounding him.
Mansfield ordered the voting precinct closed, and deputies loaded the bleeding Gillespie into Mansfield's cruiser and took him to jail. A dozen unarmed veterans started up Jackson Street to the 11th precinct. Now afraid, the four deputies left to guard the ballot boxes grabbed two former GI poll watchers as hostages. At that time, Mansfield's chief deputy and the 3 deputies, with drawn firearms, carried the ballot boxes out and put it in their cruiser. When that task was complete, the chief deputy sent two of his men to the GIs' campaign headquarters to arrest anyone who was there. The pair were quickly disarmed by the veterans as were the five deputies who arrived a few minutes later. By this time a large crowd of locals formed, demanding that the deputies be hanged. The lynch talk alarmed Otto Kennedy, and he left, telling the veterans he would not have any part in a lynching. The veterans took the deputies to the woods, shackled them to trees, beat them and left them there..
By 6 p.m. the Cantrell forces had enough of the ballot boxes to declare themselves the winners of the election. GI headquarters was deserted and the voters, whose dream of an honest election was crushed, were quietly heading home. Former Sgt. Bill White who fought in the Pacific as a teenager, looked up at the marquee of the Strand movie theater. The sign said: "Coming soon. Gunning for Vengeance." White reflected on what he'd said to the civilian population watching the fraud take place at the 11th precinct earlier that day. "If you people don't stop thisand now is the time and placeyou people wouldn't make a pimple on a fighting GI's ass. Get guns" Looking at the sign on the Strand Theater. marquee White did just that. He sent two GIs to get a truck and, with a few more veterans, they broke into the National Guard Armory and confiscated all of the rifles, two Thompson submachine guns and all the ammunition they could carry. They headed back to GI headquarters and passed out a high-powered rifle and two bandoliers of ammo to each of the seventy veterans who were waiting.
At 9 p.m. Sen. Cantrell, State Rep Wood, Mansfield and about 50 deputies were locked in the county jail going through the ballots. With both Wood and Mansfield there, a majority of the election commission was present, so whatever totals they certified would become the official election results.
When the 70 militarily-armed veterans circled the jail, Sgt. White, now the leader of the band, issued a loud ultimatum to Cantrell and his underlings: "If you damn bastards don't bring those damn ballot boxes out here, we're going to set siege to the jail and blow it up!" Moments later, the night silence exploded with automatic weapon fire. Opinions differ on who fired the first shot. White said he did, but logic suggests it was some very nervous deputy inside the jail house. The battle lasted almost five hours. After an hour or so, White began to get worried. The veterans had violated several local, State and federal laws and if Cantrell didn't surrender quickly and give up the ballot boxes before State Troopers and the National Guard arrived, the veterans would likely spend the rest of their lives in prison.
At 2:30 a.m., with the battle still waging, a few veterans who had broken into the county supply warehouse, returned with dynamite. At 2:48 a.m. the first 3-sticks of dynamite were tossed at the jail but hit the chief deputy's car instead, turning it upside down, wheels spinning. The second exploded on the roof of the jail and the third struck the jail wall. The deputies who had been boarded up in the jail, staggered out from their ruined stronghold, ballot boxes in hand, to surrender. About the same time, an ambulance, lights flashing, pulled up around the north side of the jailhouse. Thinking the ambulance was there to attend to injured deputies, the GIs let it pass. Two men jumped in and the ambulance sped past the GIs. But instead of heading to the hospital, it sped north out of town. The two "passengers?" Cantrell and Mansfield. Wood, it seems, left earlier after calling Birch Biggs, who controlled the political machine in Polk County. Biggs was not there, but Biggs' son, Broughton was. When Wood asked for help, Broughton Briggs said: "Do you think I'm crazy?"
The only person who had criminal charges brought against him after the dust settled was Deputy Sheriff Windy Wise who shot Tom Gillespie in the back for being black and daring to vote Republican in a Democratic election. He drew a sentence of one to three years. George Wood returned to Athens, Tennessee long enough to certify the election resultsall five of the GI candidates won the offices they sought. Knox Henry beat Paul Cantrell by over 1,000 votes. Knox Henry served two terms as sheriff of McMinn County and was succeeded by Otto Kennedy.
Paul Cantrell, whom the The New York Times initially reported had been killed by rogue veterans hid out in Chattanooga for several months before returning to Etowah to work in his family's bank. The headline on the front page of the New York Times on August 2, 1946 was: Tennessee Sheriff Slain in Election Day Violence. The national press, instead of understanding what happened in McMinn County, condemned the action of the veterans. Under the Aug. 2 New York Times headline, the nation's most social progressive newspaper said: "Corruption, when and where it exists, demands reforms, and even in the most corrupt and boss-ridden communities, there are peaceful means by which reforms can be achieved. But there is no substitute, in a democracy, for orderly process."
veterans are villains
What happened in McMinn County, Tennessee on Aug. 1, 1946 is still discussed in private political circles because the political left in this country, which incessantly daydreams about outlawing guns, and then when the American people can no longer resist, remodel the US Constitution to resemble the UN Covenant on Human Rights where government, not God, is the purveyor of retractable human rights. Perhaps that's why the US Supreme Court, in an 8 to 0 vote on May 13, 1939almost seven years before the McMinn County Warruled in US v Miller (307 US 174) that Roosevelt's attempt to regulate firearms in 1934 was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court made it clear that the purpose of the 2nd Amendment was not to restrict the right of the people to own firearms (and the ammunition needed to make them work), but to protect the people from their government. In 1939 the Supreme Court said it was the inherent belief of the Founding Fathers that the People might someday have to fight an oppressive government and, therefore, it was in the best interests of the nation that the people be as well-armed as its government.
Remember, Barack Obama is an avid student of history. He pays more than cursory attention to the history of the United States because our future is carved from our past. Every antigun leftwing politician in this country knows about the McMinn County War. You may not have before today, but they have. Maybe not as much as Barack Obama, but enough to know that the pro-gun Republican House of Representatives is not gong to enact any new laws that will restrict the rights of Americans to keep and bear arms. Nor is the House of Representatives likely to sign on to any new law that places an excessive excise tax on the purchase of ammunition.
Clearly, Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV], one of those cowardly politicians who scares himself thinking about private citizens owning loaded weapons. Even more, is Barack Obama, who is deathly afraid of the men and women in the armed services. During the inaugural parade in 2012, not only were their empty ammo clips taken from US Marines in the parade, so were the bolts from their rifles. Obama wanted to make absolutely sure no one shot him while he stood, protected, behind bulletproof glass during his inauguration. That's why, as previously noted, Americans need to always keep the words of James Madison tattooed in their mind: "A government that doesn't trust its law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is itself unworthy of trust."
The US Senate will attempt to offer a bill which greatly restricts gun rightsalthough the rights found in the 2nd Amendment cannot be abridged. That, of course, means you can't conditionally restrict the rights of the American people to keep and bear arms.. When that fails, the Senate will likely attempt to originate legislation to create an excise tax on both guns and ammo even though, according to Article I, Section 7, paragraph 1 of the Constitution all revenue bills must originate in the House of Representatives. And, that bill will not be proffered by the House, either. So what's left?
Simple. Buy all of the guns and ammunition that are commercially available in the United States before the general public can get them. While there does not appear to be any law on the books that make it mandatory, gun and ammunition orders to the federal and State governments are always filled by gun and ammo manufacturers before any commercial orders are filled. That is why there is now such a shortage of all calibers of both pistol and rifle ammunition everywhere in the United States.
In the Feb., 2008 issue of Regulating Guns In America, the Law Center To Prevent Gun Violence [LCPGV] observed that "...firearms are designed to deliver ammunition. Without ammunition, firearms are no more dangerous than any blunt object, causing some scholars to refer to ammunition as the 'actual agent of harm.' Laws regulating the purchase and possession of ammunition can help...reduce the threat of firearms in the hands of...dangerous individuals." The left is getting smarter. The hard way is to regulate guns and ammunition out of existence. The smart way is to simply purchase guns and ammo until they are "out of stock." And, spending our money to achieve his objective, that's precisely what Obama is doing.
They now realize that effective gun control does not have to mean making it more difficult for legal gun buyers to purchase weapons (since even the dumbest leftwinger knows that criminals don't go to honest gun dealers to buy a Glock handgun or an AR-15 rifle. They buy them from likeminded criminals whose suppliers smuggle them into the United States from China, Indonesia, Mexico, or the Mideast (from both Israel and the Muslim world). And the left also knows, although they argue an opposite view, Christian conservative gun owners are not likely to start a nationwide McMinn County War unless the US government attempts to do, on a grand scale, what the Cantrell political machine actually did on a local scale, and this nation wakes up one morning to discover they are in the middle of the American Revolution, Part Twowhich, of course, is why the Founding Fathers made sure that the American patriots would stay as well armed as any tyrannical government.
The question is what does the Department of Homeland Security need with over 2 billion rounds of ammunition, and why do they continue to buy at levels of from 21.6 million rounds to 460 million rounds per orders? They now have enough ammunition warehoused around the United States to put five slugs in every man, woman and child in the United States and still have enough ammo left to win a third-world war.
WorldNetDaily posed this question: Is the Department of Homeland Security equipping a police state? WND columnist Drew Zahn posed the question: "Is Obama to blame?" The quick, honest answer? Yes. When an Obama obot does anything, you can bet Obama is on the other end of the joystick. No one in Obama's world does anything the community organizer did not approve. It just doesn't happen in Obamaland.
It is amply clear that the Obama Administration is planning to buy every available ammunition cartridge in the United States. And not just ammunition. Guns, too. In just about any caliber. At the moment, the government run on ammunition has left retail ammunition inventories down 93% since last fall, and down 90% since Election Day. Handgun inventories are down by 80%, and long guns (rifles and shotguns) are down by 63%except military-style rifles including war surplus Garand M-1 rifles from WWII and the Korean War. They are almost non-existent. And what you used to find readily available in any gun-licensed Army Surplus Stores for $150 or less are now selling for $500 or moreif you can find one. Go to Dick's Sporting Goods any Friday morning, an hour or so before the store opens, and you'll find anywhere from 50 to 200 customers waiting to get in. When the manager unlocks the door, he quickly steps aside to keep from being run over by a horde of human flesh heading to the Gun Dept. Dick's now limits how much ammo any one customer can buy, but within 15 minutes every cartridge that came in the back door the night before is on its way out the front door to the parking lot. Top Gun, Academy Sporting Goods, Carter Country and even Walmart sells out of ammo within 30 minutes of receiving a rationed order from their suppliers.
Surprisingly, while the feds and the State police agencies appear to be getting an adequate amount of ammunition, it's not that way at county municipal levels. In January when the sudden shortages of ammunition were first noticed, television station WSAV-TV reported that the Chatham County Sheriff's Department gun range had suspended live-ammo shooting practice due to a shortage of bullets. "What we are doing," range manager, Sgt. Ted Glisson admitted the department is doing more "...dry firing practice." Dry fire is aiming at the target and pulling the trigger to a dull click since the guns are not loaded. I guess when you "dry fire" you score a bullseye with every shot. I guess every Chatham County deputy is a regular Barney Fife. One bullet
Here's the reality. The Obama ammunition panic shortage has dried up the supply of every type of ammunition Americans were accustomed to going anywhere and picking up when they needed to refresh their ammo cache. When you look at TopShotUSA's website, it tells the story for everyone. Everything is out-of-stock. Everywhere. When the survivalists couldn't find anymore 9mm, .45, .40, .38, or .357 Magnum cartridges, they bought up all the remaining .22 caliber bullets as well. Walmart, the world's largest retailer has alerted their customers and the print and/or online guns and ammo media that they had alerted their store managers to stop ordering any 9mm or .22 LR ammo since it will be three to six months, or longer, before they will have any available.
But pressureand threatsfrom the Obama Administration through the BATF had made several retailers rethink their inventories. In December, Walmart, Dick's Sporting Goods and Cheaper Than Dirt have announced that they will no loner be selling a number of their most popular firearms. Dick's Sporting Goods suspended the sale of all rifles, a company spokesman said, "...during this time of national mourning." (Keep in mind the suspension of the sale of rifles at Dick's Sporting Goods was made in conjunction with the Sandyhook Elementary School shootingin which no rifle was used.) Dick's removed all guns from sale in their store closest to Newtown; and then suspended all modern hunting rifles in all stores, nationwide. Cheaper Than Dirt "temporarily" suspended online firearms sales during the Sandyhook tragedy. At the same time, the Discovery Channel dropped every gun related program from their lineup. In addition, under tons of political pressure, Cerberus Capital Management Co, a capital equity company that owns Remington, Bushmaster, Marlin, H&R, LC Smith, DPMS/Panther Arms, NEF, LC Smith, EOTAC, ACC, and Dakota, announced it was selling off it weapons division, Freedom Group which has recently been tied to George Soros. Is the buyer Soros? If it is, what does George Soros have to do with the largest gun manufacturers in the country? In the view of the New York Times, Cerberus is being forced to divest itself of Freedom Group. The New York Times, on Dec. 19, 2012, expressed the view that Cerberus should simply dismantle its gun empire and call for the repeal or revision of the 2nd Amendment.
The New York Times blog, DealB%k (Deal Book) wrote a piece on Dec. 18 noting that an official at the California State Teachers' Retirement System, which has $750 million with the private equity firm, was on the line, raising questions about the firm's ownership of Freedom Group, whom the teachers' fund official said "...made the rifle used in the Connecticut school shootings." The following day, Cerberus put Freedom Group up for sale. The irony is, although the New York Times (and, of course, the far left Huffington Post) were quick to report that Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster .223 semiautomatic to kill some of the toddlers who were assassinated in Newtown, Connecticut, he didn't. Police found a Bushmaster bulletunfiredat the crime scene. Lanza had his mother's Bushmaster .223 in the truck of his car, but he did not use that weapon in his killing spree, nor is are there any witnesses at Sandyhook who said he had a rifle with him.
In their desperation to either take guns out of the hands of America's patriots, or at least take away the ammunition that makes guns more than clubs, the gun foes would like Cerberus to either sell Freedom Group to Soros, or the Chinese, or the Muslims or the Sovietsall of whom are the enemies of the United States. Doing so would go a long way in completing the destruction of America to protect themselves when those enemies which now own America's industrial might and the companies that make America's war machines. About all the American people have left for national defense (if those who now own America's industries decided to attack the United States) are small armsand the military veterans that the Department of Homeland Security branded as potential terrorists.
While the conspiracy crowd believes the Obama Administration is stocking up on ammo to attack the American people. The "patriot army" in America (i.e., the American citizen) is about 150 million strong. However, if their guns are empty and they can't buy the ammunition, they can't fight back since it's the bullets, not the guns, that are the 'actual agents of harm.' I don't believe the Obama political machine is looking for a third-world-style street fight. I think the left believes if they pull the teeth of the warrior-right, they won't be able to bite. For decades the left counted on overwhelming the 2nd Amendment with a legislative end run around the Constitution. I think, now, they know that isn't going to happen. The next best thing for the left to do is to buy up the ammunition inventory and prevent the gun-owning public from finding anything to buy. And, using this subterfuge, the Obama Administration is not breaking any laws. They are simply engaging in the free enterprise system.
The media recently reported assurances from the ammunition industry that they expected to fill all commercial-civilian orders for ammunition within six months, but that it would take upwards of a year before the pipeline is completely filled. While handguns are still available in gun shops, the demand for rifles have reached record levels, with a one-year backlog just to meet present day demand (which will not fill the pipeline). Rifle ammunition of any type simply doesn't exist commercially anywhere in the country. Ammunition wholesalers wrongly believe that the shortages are temporary based on the explanation of the DHS. But the DHS, like every department in the Obama Administration, lies. The shortages will continue, because the 30, 40, 60 million-round orders from the Obama Administration are going to continue unabated until there simply isn't a single brick of ammunition of any caliber for sale anywhere in the United States. With over 2.1 billion rounds of ammo stockpiled at the moment, on Feb. 7, 2013, the DHS and ICE put out bids for 450 million rounds of .40 cal hollow points. (Hollow point ammunition for military or police use was outlawed by the UN.) Although the federal government is now sitting on well over 2 billions rounds of every lethal type of ammunition available anywhere, Homeland Security continues to buy like there's no tomorrow. Maybe there isn't...for the United States?
In conclusion, here's the long and the short of it. The radically decreased availability of all forms of ammunition does two things the Obama Administration needs to accomplish. First, it radically minimizes the availability of all calibers of ammunition for all types of weapons to such extremes that veterans and the militia groups in the United States were forced to buy what .22 caliber LR ammo was available because that about all that was left on the store shelves in America. Buying ammo is now a seller's market. Because of the Obama Administration, if you're lucky enough to find a brick of .357, .38, .40, .44, .45 or 9mm ammunition, the asking price will likely be anywhere from four to ten times retail. If the Obama political machine can't buy every bullet out of the public domain, they will make what's left there so expensive purchasers may be forced to buy by the "bullet" rather than the "brick." Well, for whatever it's worth, once again, you have my two cents worth on this subject. Until next time...