Obama has been working hard to try and enforce gun control, a move that has received much backlash from citizens. President Obama has been unable to enforce gun control in the United States so now he has crafted a new plan. His new plan for gun control came in the form of a notice from the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Bureau (ATF), in which they state that they are considering banning bullets, known as the M855 AR-15 rounds. Government officials opposed to this action are stating that it is clearly a move by Obama to enforce gun control through the back door. So, what are the odds that guns go away if you take away the legal buying of bullets?
If the ATF categorizes the M855 AR-15 rounds as “armor piercing” bullets, that would mean that they will be restricted from certain buyers, or banned altogether. Currently, ammunition that can be sold are those that can be proven to be used in sporting goods. If a bullet is more dangerous than for use in general sporting, it is not marketed to average buyers. This is where Obama comes in. The ban of this bullet would affect, not only handguns, which is usually what the ammunition guidelines are set forth for in gun control, but rather it will effect the AR-15 rifles and pistols. The problem, according to the ATF, comes at the fact that these bullets can now apparently be used in semi-automatic weapons, making them a large threat to police.
Though this ban only effects one specific kind of bullet, it is seen by politicians as a move for Obama to enforce gun control, as promised, when he had no other options. According to sources, President Obama will be using executive action to enforce gun control, by enacting the ban on bullets in order to eliminate the use of many .223 caliber rifles. It seems that people would figure that in order to reclassify the ammo as “armor piercing” that it must actually be proven that the ammo does such. Though no word or report has been released, showing such, which is why politicians believe it is a sole effort for gun control. The ATF did, however, release the statement that they have become piercing because of their ability to be used in the semi-automatic weapons. But Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA) stated in his fight against the gun control ban that the ATF offered no proof.
The ATF has stated that they will make the issue fair, as they will be taking comments until March 16, before deciding whether or not to re-categorize the bullets and implement the ban. All comments can only be mailed to the office, providing only a slow way for protesters to comment against gun control. Though written comments may make the ATF reconsider, the ban on the bullet is still very likely, especially since Obama is threatening to use executive action to enforce the gun control, according to sources.
The AR-15 rifle is of the top selling in the United States. Many sportsmen use it, according to information from sporting goods stores. These stores are urging people to sign petitions against gun control and act fast to keep the ban from going into effect. As well, members of the House of Representatives are working to get signatures against gun control. According to sources, they already have 30 and are hoping to get 100. But if Obama chooses to use executive action the signatures of protesters and House members, alike, may not be enough to stop the ban.
Sporting goods stores and national foundations have all begun to protest, as well. They mention the fact that hunting will be in devastation if the ban is implemented, something they also said when Obama initially proposed gun control. According to sources, the type of bullets that will be banned can also be used in pistols and other types of handguns, which will also effect the use of those guns. But, once again, the ATF offers no proof that these types of bullets have ever been fired from such guns, or even fired at a police officer, according to Goodlatte. Even police officers are making statements that rifle bullets are not as much of a threat to them as the ones that come from small handguns.
As promised, Obama is doing what he can to enforce gun control. If he can get a ban on one type of bullet, he may be able to keep going to get a ban on more types, fully enforcing gun control. His effort to ban guns from the United States has thus far failed. Why not go for the bullets?
Opinion by Crystal Boulware
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