David Codrea hasn’t let this issue go, and that’s a good thing. Like a bulldog with a bone. First, read his predecessor article. Next, read the followup article. He has a DoD memorandum, and apparently without even going for a FOIA request. At any rate, the Department of Defense claims that they will continue to make expended brass cartridges available for public sale, and then there is this (for me) money quote.
The memorandum includes an “Implementing Guidance” attachment stating “DoD will dispose of ESACC as quickly and effectively as practical, and in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and DoD guidance.”
A PAO developed this response to David, and the memorandum was developed by a JAG. It has legalese all over it. The problem is that this isn’t what the law says. It doesn’t require the DoD to continue to make expended brass available. It requires that no money be spent on its destruction. None.
Furthermore, the bit about compliance with regulations and guidance is obfuscatory pandering. Rehearse for a moment, shall we? Laws are passed by Congress. Regulations are written by armies of lawyers sitting inside the beltway who are tasked with applying the laws. Regulations are not laws. Regulations in fact are challenged, often successfully. Guidance is even farther down the food chain than regulations.
Congress passed a law that requires that no monies be used for destruction of expended brass. What regulations and guidance have to say about the law is irrelevant.
Read it all at Examiner and come to your own conclusions. But here is the final word for me. I don’t want to hear another damn thing about how police in America cannot find ammunition. I don’t care if they ever have another round to carry.
INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Why Are The Feds Loading Up On So Much Ammo? “According to one estimate, just since last spring DHS has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm. That’s sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times. Including illegal immigrants. To provide some perspective, experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, DHS is armed now for a 24-year Iraq war.”
Wicked fascists. If you’re in this line of work, you ought to go home tonight, fall on your knees, beg God for forgiveness and then turn in your resignation. You will answer for your sin of totalitarianism one day. God does not approve of your world view, and He manages the economy of His creation by spheres of influence and authority, the Church, State and Family, all accountable to Him and none with the authority to override the other’s domain. You have usurped God’s natural order.
Shame on you, now or in eternity. Beware. God will not be mocked.
I was in Greenville, S.C., a couple of weeks ago, and stopped by the following stores: Allen Arms, Sharpshooters Gun Club And Range, Academy Sports, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Walmart. Allen Arms had some handgun ammunition, as did Sharpshooters. No 5.56 mm, no .30 Carbine (well, they did have Wolf, but I won’t put steel through my rifles). The shelves at Academy sports, Dick’s and Walmart were bare, as if a tornado had made its way through the stores.
I have also recently stopped by Firepower (Matthews, N.C.), Hyatt Gun Shop (Charlotte, N.C.) and Walmart (Charlotte, N.C.). Hyatt had some ammunition, but their stocks were way down. I did pick up some .30 Carbine from Hyatt. Firepower had some, but were down in stocks too, and 5.56 mm ammunition was higher than it was the last time I purchased it.
At Walmart I would have bought .38, .357 Magnum, .40, .45, .30 Carbine, 5.56 mm, and 22 WMR. I’m not picky. I need a lot of all sorts of ammunition. Tonight here is what the closest Walmart ammunition shelves looked like. A few oddball rifle cartridges on the very bottom.