The law enforcement community is soundly rejecting claims by the Obama administration that an AR-15 ammunition ban would protect the lives of American police officers.
Earlier this week, the White House argued that an ATF ban on steel-tipped M855 ammo, used primarily by sports shooters, would be a “common-sense step” towards increased officer safety due to the projectile’s ability to pierce police body armor.
“We are looking at additional ways to protect our brave men and women in law enforcement, and believe that this process is valuable for that reason alone,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Monday.
Despite the ammunition failing to fit the official definition of “armor piercing” under 18 U.S.C. 921 (a)(17)(B), the Obama administration has continued to move forward with the controversial proposal.
“This seems to be an area where everyone should agree that if there are armor-piercing bullets available that can fit into easily concealed weapons, that it puts our law enforcement at considerably more risk,” Earnest added.
Responding to the story on the Police One Facebook account, the world’s largest officer-run social media page, law enforcement personnel dismantled the proposition piece by piece.
“Don’t do that, don’t use the name of good people who swore an oath to the Constitution to further your agenda of destroying it,” one commenter said. “The overwhelming majority of law enforcement does not support stricter gun control, and certainly is not for this.”
Acknowledging the fact that AR-15s and such ammunition account for far less than 2.3 percent of all murders according to FBI statistics, other officers noted the absurdity of the White House’s claims.
“20 years working for the N.Y.P.D. Never seen an AR in the hands of a bad guy,” another said.
In fact, the largest survey ever of American law enforcement professionals on the topic of gun control, which questioned more than 15,000 verified officers, found that the majority disapproved of such bans.
“Quite clearly, the majority of officers polled oppose the theories brought forth by gun-control advocates who claim that proposed restrictions on weapon capabilities and production would reduce crime,” the survey concluded.
Fearing the proposed ban’s outcome, Americans have begun purchasing all available M866 ammunition, even exhausting the supply of multiple major retailers.
Speaking with Fox news last week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte asserted that President Obama was using his “pen and phone” to chip away at the Second Amendment.
“The president has tried to ban this rifle, but Congress has refused,” Goodlatte said. “Now it appears he’s taking his pen and cell phone and, through the ATF, is trying to ban the second most popular ammunition that is used in that rifle.”
Goodlatte stated that a bipartisan letter would be sent to the president this week to confront the ban’s possible violation of the Administrative Procedures Act and of the American publics’ inalienable rights as well.
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