December 23, 2013

The other day, while at my favorite waterhole, Starbucks, a good friend of mine who I haven't seen in many weeks, comes strolling in. After a few minutes of catching up, Joe, a retired Secret Service agent, informed me that he had a very credible source out of the Treasury Department who told him that in two years bullets will be the new gold.

No surprise there. Since George Soros pulled out of gold back in August, its value has gone down over thirty percent, while the price of ammunition, especially 9mm and .40 caliber semi-automatic rounds has tripled since May.

Joe, along with Arthur, John, Jenn, Karen and myself, make up what's called the Starbucks Government Watchdogs. We each have a sworn duty (albeit not in writing and not made to each other) to wake early each morning, peruse the pages of the the Drudge Report to see what the damned Democrats have done to further ruin our country. We would then meet to analyze the situation.

Back in March the big topic of discussion was what on earth is Homeland Security doing by order up 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition - enough to kill each American five times over.  There are only two reasons. Conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones believe the DHS is preparing for Obama to declare martial law and will confiscate our guns or turn theirs on us if we fail to comply. 

But anyone who has studied the ideology of Barack Obama and the Progressives/Communists with whom he has affiliated over the last twenty-five years, knows that he is trying to make our guns useless by driving up the price of the ammo. He can't get our guns, but they aren't worth a bucket of spit with empty clips and chambers.

Fast forward to the events of the last few days.

On the heels of the Senate approving a budget that will fleece veterans of benefits and the announcement that 19,000 Captains’ and Majors’ careers will shortly face the chopping block of early retirement, The Lyin’ King’s war against America’s military continues to gather steam. As does his war against individual gun ownership. The lead bullet is being forced into extinction by the EPA.

FOX News reports: “The bid to ban lead bullets…started slowly more than a decade ago. But with two dozen states, including California, banning (lead) bullets…the lead bullet’s epitaph was already being written when the federal government finished it off. First, the military announced plans to phase out lead bullets by 2018. Then the federal Environmental Protection Agency, citing emissions, ordered the shutdown of the Doe Run company’s lead smelter in Herculaneum, Mo…” The Doe Run Company is the nation’s last smelter of lead bullets. Its doors close on December 31.

The EPA and several states cite “harmful emissions” as the cause for the ammunition pogrom. The EPA will replace lead bullets with copper bullets. Are copper bullets more environmentally sound? Many experts think not. But the EPA dictates that it is critical that ammunition which, by definition, is intended to cause fatalities, be “non-toxic.” California’s on board. FOX quotes The Center for Biological Diversity, after California’s Governor Moonbeam, Jerry Brown, signed an order eliminating the use of lead bullets by 2019: “Switching to nontoxic lead ammunition will save the lives of eagles, condors and thousands of other birds every year…” Clearly The Center doesn’t care as much about saving “eagles, condors and other birds” from death by wind farm.

The military has reportedly been researching “green” ammunition since 2010. The Daily Caller quotes Lt. Col. Phil Clark, a product manager for small caliber ammunition at the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey: “The EPR replaces the lead slug with a copper slug… This makes the projectile environmentally friendly, while still giving soldiers the performance capabilities they need on the battlefield.” But The American Thinker shares a less-than-environmentally-favorable fact: “Jim Yardley a retired financial controller and blogger…estimated it would cost $18,431,000 to replace the lead with copper. ‘Nearly $20 million, not to improve the effectiveness of the ammunition used by our troops, but to protect the environment,’ Yardley wrote.” In short, the cost of producing copper bullets will drive the cost of ammunition up. Way up.

The cost to the general population is even steeper. So, what is the real reason behind a ban of lead bullets? Many private gun owners have noticed a shortage of and a dramatic rise in the cost of ammunition. As anyone who has ever had to replace pipes or wiring in their home knows, copper isn’t cheap. If the government can’t force through gun control one way, it will seek to curb gun ownership by putting the cost of ammunition out of reach. FOX cites additional warnings from Jim Yardley “… diverting copper for bullet manufacturing could have other unintended economic consequences…’This will inevitably increase the cost of electronic devices that use copper…It will add to the cost of a new home, having an adverse impact on the housing industry…”

So, let's see ... the price of a typical box of 50 9mm hallow point rounds which once went for $27.50 nine months ago. In October they averaged $65.00 a box. But upon going from lead to "green," they should come in at around $3.50 a round for a total of $175.00. Add a certain federal excise tax that the Democrats want to put on guns and bullets at 30% that comes to $227.50 a box. Oh, and don't forget to add state and local sales taxes.

Yes, President Obama doesn't want us to have guns. Period! So he'll do the next "best" thing. But, with the price of gold coming down, I think I shall take the remaining part of my investments in precious metals and put it on bullets. I figure 200 boxes of .40 caliber rounds would be worth enough to make me a millionaire. Then, Obama will have to come up with a scheme or Executive Order whereby he can redistribute my rounds to those poor gun runners in the 'hood - all in the name of fairness.

Yes, with Homeland Security, not to mention the IRS, and the Department of Health and Human Services buying up all those bullets there is certainly no doubt a lot of scheming going on in the Obama Administration. Stay tuned,...we are sure to find out. Oh, and by the way, if martial law is declared, it is doubtful that poisoning us with that lead will be of any concern to the government.

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