Led by Senators James Inhofe (R, OK) and Frank Lucas (R, OK), GOP lawmakers are poised to push new legislation that would protect gun owners’ rights. The problem? The threat against gun rights is imaginary. Even the National Rifle Association doesn’t think there’s a problem.
The Senators’ bill would prevent any federal agency from buying extra ammunition if the agency’s ammunition stockpiles exceeded the monthly average during the Bush administration. Gun rights activists fear that the Obama administration is buying up ammo in order to limit the amount of ammo that’s available to the public.
“President Obama has been adamant about curbing law-abiding Americans’ access and opportunities to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” said Inhofe. “One way the Obama Administration is able to do this is by limiting what’s available in the market with federal agencies purchasing unnecessary stockpiles of ammunition.”
The NRA released a statement claiming that the accusation against the Obama administration was a “rumor” meant to “stir up fear.” They added that “there are more than enough actual threats to the Second Amendment to keep gun owners busy. There is no need to invent additional threats to our rights.”
The debate over government stockpiles of ammunition may have started over rumors, but now it’s taken on a new meaning. Republican lawmakers question the spending habits of the Department of Homeland Security and want to pursue the legislation in order to force the DHS to “best make use of taxpayer dollars.”
Inhofe and Lucas apparently took the NRA’s advice: “As most gun owners will agree, skepticism of government is healthy.” Of course, turnabout is fair play. Gun owners might have reason to be skeptical of the NRA – it’s not surprising that the NRA attempted to dismiss concerns about ammo stockpiles. The more the DHS spends, the richer gun manufacturers become. The NRA's decision to help the government buy ammunition is certainly pro-gun manufacturer, but whether or not it’s pro-gun rights is a different matter entirely.