Ammunition control is the new front in gun control. Well, OK, not new exactly, as legislators and activists opposed to American freedom in states such as California, Illinois and Massachusetts have long tried with some unfortunate success to tax, ban and strictly regulate the sale of ammunition. But new in that this has become a very active line of attack on your right to bear arms.
The anti-gun group Giffords Law Center thinks it sees an opening on the ammunition front.
“Ammunition background checks and other common-sense policies regulating the sale and transfer of ammunition are important ways to keep deadly power away from those who threaten the safety of others,” says Giffords’ website, before advocating for a long list of bans, extra costs and restrictions on the American citizens’ ability to purchase ammunition.
“Without ammunition, firearms are no more dangerous than any blunt object, causing some scholars to refer to ammunition as the ‘actual agent of harm’ in gun violence,” the Giffords’ group even says.
Apparently, criminals are not the actual agents of harm.
Gun control groups advocate for bans and restrictions on ammunition even though they know that such laws won’t affect criminal use of firearms or ammo. Preloaded ammunition, after all, is a mid-19th century invention that has long been perfected to the point where it is small, safe, stable and long-lasting. If they can’t keep guns out of the wrong hands, how do they expect to keep ammunition out of the hands of criminals.