I have exciting news along with a word of caution and a little something I want to run by you.
First, the exciting news.
Two weeks ago, in an advisory headlined “Bullet Ban Threatens AR-15,” I warned you that the administration of President Barack Obama was moving quickly to stop the sale of ammunition for AR-15 style semi-automatics.
Specifically, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) revealed that it was proposing to put the ban of 5.56 mm ammo on a fast track.
The plan by the Obama administration was to bypass Congress and the American people and impose backdoor gun control on AR-15s by making it illegal to sell the necessary ammunition.
In that Advisory, I asked that subscribers speak out against the ammunition ban and provided a number of links to information on how to make your voice heard.
Well, many of you, along with a huge number of your fellow Americans, spoke out and the ATF has raised the white flag of surrender – for now.
As Fox News reported this week:
“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is shelving a proposal to ban a popular but highly lethal type of bullet, amid opposition from gun-rights advocates and hundreds of members of Congress.
“The agency said in a statement on Tuesday it would not seek to issue the final guidelines “at this time.” The proposal pertained to M855 “green tip” ammunition, used in the AR-15 rifle, which regulators looked at banning because it can pierce police body armor. …
“Gun rights groups have argued that the ammo ban would be a backdoor attempt to ban assault weapons.”
And here’s how the Washington Post put it in a very biased (biased against gun owners) report:
“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Tuesday it was backing down from a proposed ban on manufacturing and selling one of the most popular bullets used in AR-15 semiautomatic rifles.
“The agency pulled the plug early, with still a week to go before the end of a one-month informal comment period on the proposed rule change that would have targeted these armor-piercing bullets. The ATF noted it had received more than 80,000 comments, and ‘the vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and included issues that deserve further study.’
“Criticism by gun-rights groups has been withering, accusing the agency of a “back-door” attempt at gun control with the proposal it announced Feb. 16.”
I can’t tell you how pleased I am that you and so many other patriotic Americans spoke out against this move by the ATF and the rest of the Obama administration.
But here’s the word of caution.
We must remain vigilant. There are already indications – some included in the ATF’s own statements – the Obama administration may still try to ban the ammunition in question.
I will keep an eye on this issue and let you know if there is another move like this one. But if you see anything, I’d appreciate it if you would please email me at once and let me know.
OK. Now for the little something I want to run by you.
It’s called LifeStraw. I believe I mentioned this great little device to you when I first learned it was being developed. At the time, my thinking was to keep an eye on it and see if it made it to production.
Well, it did. And I’ve ordered several because 1) the price is so affordable, and 2) I want to keep at least one in my hiking backpack, my civil Go Bag (in case of natural disaster or civil unrest), and in my car.
I live at an altitude of 8,000 ft. in the Rockies and the constant threat of forest fire in the summer and extreme winter driving in the winter mean I must always be prepared.
But, realistically, wherever you live there are weather and other types of threats that make it important to have a device like LifeStraw.
Lifestraw is a small and extremely affordable personal water filter that lets you drink directly from streams and lakes, making it ideal for hiking, backpacking, camping, travel, and emergency preparedness.
So I thought I’d run it by you so you can check it out for yourself. And, like I said, the price is very affordable.
OK. Let me know what you think.
Are you pleased with the news that the ATF has backed down?
Do you think the Obama administration will try to find another way to go after AR-15 ammunition?
Email me at [email protected] and let me know–
Be safe, secure and free!
Rob Douglas – Former Washington DC Private Detective