Senator James Inhofe: The Obama Administration Is Intentionally Trying To Dry Up The Ammo Supply
It had never occurred to me that the Obama Administration might be trying to buy so much ammo that it dried up the supply until it could get gun control passed because it’s incredibly expensive, wasteful, poor governance and completely unfeasible over the long haul. On the other hand, those terms seem like a pretty good description of Barack Obama’s entire presidency so far, so just maybe….
On Aaron Klein’s weekend show on New York City’s WABC radio, Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe accused the Obama administration of buying up ammunition at an unprecedented level to bypass the Second Amendment so gun-owners “can’t even buy ammunition because government is purchasing so much.”
“Let’s make sure that your audience out there is aware, Aaron, that our president, Obama, has been doing everything he could to stop the private ownership of guns in America,” Inhofe said. “You know that, everyone knows that. And yet he’s been voted down in a big way by a large majority. And so my feeling is that he’s doing this to buy up [ammunition] so that we can’t buy: Honest, law-abiding citizens here in the United States, like my son, can’t even buy ammunition because government is purchasing so much.”
Inhofe explained to Klein he is working to introduce the Ammunition Management for More Obtainability (AMMO) bill that will limit “non-defense, armed federal agencies to pre-Obama levels of ammunition.”
…“I believe it’s intentional,” Inhofe said. “Now we had someone testify the other day the DHS, the Department of Homeland Security, has the ‘right’ – this is a bureaucrat that said this – they have the ‘right’ to buy as much as they want, and they’re planning to buy 750 million rounds. Well, that is more than three times the amount that our soldiers are using for training to defend our nation. So, it’s just another effort to restrict gun activity and ownership. We have in this country the Second Amendment, that preserves the right to keep and bear arms, and the president doesn’t believe in that.”
Inhofe was skeptical of theory that the ammo buy-up was an effort by DHS to seize power from the state, as some have suggested, but did say it was unprecedented and shouldn’t be allowed.
“This has never happened in this country before,” he added. “We’ve never had government trying to take that much control at the expense of the law-abiding citizens. And we’re not going to let it happen.”
Whatever the motivations of the DHS may be for buying so much ammo, there’s no legitimate reason anyone seems to be able to come up with for why it needs “three times the amount that our soldiers are using for training to defend our nation.” So, with that in mind, limiting DHS ammo buys does seem appropriate. If anything, Congress should be much more aggressive about challenging agencies that are wasting our money. So, good for Inhofe for getting on point on this issue and the sooner we have a vote on his Ammunition Management for More Obtainability (AMMO) bill, the better.