Tuesday, November 14, 2023

NY Times Criticizes Lake City Ammunition Plant for Its Supposed Role in Mass Shootings

(Dori Whipple/Lake City Army Ammunition Plant)

In a recent development, the Biden-Harris administration's ongoing campaign against firearms and the Second Amendment has taken a new turn, involving a strategic focus on ammunition manufacturers. This latest move is part of a broader series of actions targeting various aspects of gun ownership and usage.

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The administration has previously taken measures against "weapons of war" as they term them, leading some retailers to remove popular rifles from their inventory. Further actions include restrictions on homemade firearm kits, after-market triggers, and pistol braces. Additionally, there have been attempts to influence banks and credit card companies to limit financial services for firearms-related transactions, and threats have been issued to shipping companies involved in the transportation of firearms and related items.

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The most significant impact has been on law-abiding gun dealers, who now risk their business for minor administrative mistakes. These developments have not occurred in isolation but have been supported and publicized by the media to gain public backing.

The latest target in this ongoing campaign appears to be ammunition manufacturers. The Biden-Harris administration, with assistance from media allies such as The New York Times, has set its sights on these manufacturers. A recent front-page article in The Times titled “Army Ammunition Plant Is Tied to Mass Shootings Across the U.S.” focused on the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri. The plant, which has been operational since World War II, is crucial in providing ammunition to the U.S. military.

The Times' investigation suggests that ammunition from Lake City has been present at various mass shooting scenes, implying a level of responsibility on the part of the manufacturer. However, the article fails to provide a balanced perspective, dedicating only a single sentence out of 106 paragraphs to acknowledge that the majority of Lake City's ammunition is used by law-abiding citizens for legitimate purposes.

Furthermore, the article neglects to mention the significant role Lake City ammunition has played in saving lives, both in the military and among law enforcement officers, and overlooks the millions of American gun owners who rely on this ammunition for self-defense.

In one particular case, the article cites the Lewiston, Maine mass shooting, suggesting Lake City ammunition might have been used without providing conclusive evidence. The article also includes comments from Tom Hixon, a member of Everytown for Gun Safety’s advisory board, whose father was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Hixon did not attribute his father’s death to the government or the Army, indicating a discrepancy between his views and the narrative pushed by The New York Times.

The report also references sources within Lake City, claiming they were apprehensive about their ammunition being linked to high-profile crimes. However, these sources are anonymous, which casts doubt on the veracity of these claims. This aspect of the story seems implausible, especially considering the potential risks involved for Lake City employees in speaking to the media, particularly The New York Times.

Despite its critical tone, the article inadvertently provides a glimmer of hope for gun owners. It addresses rumors that Lake City might stop selling ammunition commercially, which would significantly impact the civilian supply of 5.56mm ammo. This potential issue was raised by Congressman Sam Graves and other lawmakers, who cautioned the Biden-Harris administration against such a move, citing Second Amendment violations. The White House and the Defense Department eventually refuted these plans.

The underlying message of The Times' article points towards a possible new strategy by the Biden-Harris administration: targeting ammunition, possibly through proposals for background checks on ammunition purchases. Such measures, already in place in states like New York, have proved problematic.

For gun rights advocates and owners, the situation is clear: the administration's next target in their ongoing gun control campaign could very well be ammunition. This step follows a pattern of gradually narrowing the scope of gun rights, moving from firearms themselves to the essential components that make them operable.

1 comment:

  1. Ridiculous. It’s like blaming the fork for causing your obesity. Or the pencil for failing your math test. We need to get the current clown out of the White House.