According to an article in the Dallas Morning News yesterday, February 26, 2015, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has proposed a ban on “green tip” AR-15 ammunition. The ban is lawless and unconstitutional, and there are legislators who seek to fight the ban. One Republican office is considering an amendment to block the AR-15 ammunition ban by attaching it to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill. If you’ve been watching the news, you know that there is a major battle right now over this bill because of Obama’s Executive Amnesty.
To give you a sense of what stake for the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has in this battle, we will quote liberal anti-gun Oregon Democratic Congressman Kurt Schrader, who confidently opined that this fight “will decide who is in charge of this country for the next 20 or 30 years.” The ATF said on the proposed rule, “With few exceptions, manufacturers will be unable to produce such armor-piercing ammunition, importers will be unable to import such ammunition, and manufacturers and importers will be prohibited from selling or distributing the ammunition.”
Obama “decreed” an amnesty last year which he himself had pronounced unlawful. And his primary defense was that Attorney General Eric Holder worked for him and the newly-packed federal courts would, generally, do what he told them to do. In December, Republicans had their best chance to defeat Obama’s Executive Amnesty. But as many of you will remember, House Speaker John Boehner caved and said that Republicans would fight the battle in February.
We know that if Republicans send Obama a DHS funding bill with NO monies for amnesty, that the President will veto it. This would mean that the Department of Homeland Security sends all non-essential employees home. Libertarians are somewhat caught in the middle of this battle as they are for amnesty, are against defunding the DHS and are not for the ATF’s proposed ban of AR-15 ammunition.
Making the best out of a less than ideal situation, the House of Representatives has now used its “power of the purse” to do one simple and obvious thing: The House-passed a taxpayer funded bill to pay for all of America’s security operations, with the sole exception of Obama’s admittedly unconstitutional amnesty. And it sent the bill to the Senate. Enter Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. Reid has been whining about Republican filibusters for the last six years. But, now that the shoe is on the other foot, Reid has no problem with blocking the Senate from even proceeding to the bill. This was the case even though Republicans were prepared to allow Reid to offer amendments — a courtesy Reid never gave Republicans when he was in charge.
So McConnell surrendered. His “compromise” would send Barack Obama a “clean” appropriations bill which fully funds Obama’s illegal amnesty. Sure, he has a “sham” companion bill, but that bill will be vetoed and the veto sustained. Furthermore, in order to avoid forcing Democrats to vote on “uncomfortable” issues, McConnell is offering to use a parliamentary tool to shut out all pro-gun amendments.
Why is this important? It’s important because at least one Republican office is considering an amendment to block Obama’s illegal AR-15 ammunition ban. McConnell’s “compromise” would prevent this amendment from being offered. So, now that McConnell is lying on the floor (metaphorically) and allowing Obama to kick him in the face, Reid should be satisfied, right? Harry Reid has just announced that he won’t accept McConnell’s surrender until House Speaker John Boehner surrenders as well.