The War on Ammo

Is the shutdown of the last US smelter part of a multi-pronged attack on ammunition?

Infowars.com
October 31, 2013

Most gun control advocates still cloak their true intentions behind opposition to “assault rifles”. But some are coming out of the closet, explicitly or tacitly admitting that their goal is a full ban on private arms. Gen McChrystal said in Jan 2013, “I think serious action is necessary. Sometimes we talk about very limited actions on the edges and I just don’t think that’s enough,” he said.  Translation: we’ve been infringing on the Second Amendment, now we need to get serious and ban arms.

And as McChrystal worked the talk show circuit, he didn’t just talk about vaguely defined “assault rifles” but focused repeatedly on how the dangerous full metal bullets used by the military shouldn’t be in private hands. The reality is that while full metal jacket bullets may have better penetration of bulletproof jackets, hollow point bullets are designed to do far more damage to the human body. So much more damaging that hollow points are banned by Geneva Convention from use by the military against enemy combatants. Yet, hollow points are what governments use against their own citizens and what Homeland Security is hoarding by the billions.

REGULATORY RESTRICTIONS ON AMMUNITION

Gun control organizations are turning their attention to ammunition instead of specific guns. When we encountered the 4 or 5 protestors from “Moms Demand Action” in San Antonio, their organization’s national flyer called for

– tracking the sale of large quantities of ammunition and banning online sales
– background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases
– establish product safety oversight of guns and ammunition
– banning of assault weapons and ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds

ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION OF AMMUNITION

EPA efforts to remove lead pollution in paint have turned into a campaign to eradicate all traces of lead in everything. Fishing tackle, small tire weights for balancing, zippers in children’s clothes and, of course, lead bullets are in the crosshairs.

The Center for Biological Diversity has lobbied the EPA to regulate ammunition by including it in the Toxic Substances Control Act. While they failed in that effort, California has become the first state in the nation to outlaw lead in bullets for hunting. Gov Brown signed the law over the objections of California state game wardens.

And this week, Doe Run, the last and only ore to lead producer in the US closed rather than try to comply with EPA regulations. Over 20 years the company had been researching a wet chemical process and investing $30Million to replace smelting. The new process would have eliminated 99 percent of all current land, air and water pollution releases. But EPA’s regulatory uncertainty and estimated expense of $100 million to convert, caused the company to throw in the towel.

FED CREATED MARKET SHORTAGES AND PRICE INCREASES

Its not just ammunition that being regulated out of existence. American industry is being regulated out of existence and jobs are being exported. Lead will still be manufactured, but it will be manufactured in China and other countries with virtually no environmental oversight and the products will be scarce and expensive with fragile supply lines.

But lead is not the first component of ammunition that has been attacked in the Obama administration. Back in March of 2009, immediately after Obama took office, the DoD stopped selling spent brass to ammo manufacturers, a policy that would cause shortages and price increases of ammo. Both of Montana’s Senators, Max Baucus (D) and Jon Tester (D) wrote a letter to the Defense Logistics Agency reminding them that according to law, “demilitarizing or disposing of small arms ammunition is prohibited, unless the small arms ammunition is certified by the Secretary of the Army or designee as unserviceable or unsafe for further use. The intent of this law is to ensure once-fired small arms cartridge cases are made available intact in the open market.” Tester’s office said it was told by DoD that the brass destruction policy was reversed.

Yet we learned in Dec 2012, three years later, that according to their Solid Waste Management Plan, at least one Army Garrison, Fort Drum, NY was crushing spent brass into scrap, going to extra expense to reduce its value, sell it cheaply to China and keep it from being made available to the open market to create private ammo.

And while its uncertain whether other military installation besides Fort Drum are violating the law by keeping brass shells off the open market, InfoWars has covered numerous, massive purchases of ammunition by Homeland Security on the open market. Purchase orders for over 2 billion hollow point bullets have created market shortages and stoked demand from a public concerned about the implications of DHS’ actions.

There’s a multi-pronged attack on ammunition:

– Creating market shortages by massive purchases
– Drying up the market by making ammunition components like lead and spent brass
scarce and expensive
– Using environmental regulation to ban the use and manufacture of lead

And after the domestic sources of ammunition dry up, the UN Arms Trade Treaty (UN-ATT) can be used to stop the importation of ammunition.

The gun control movement’s public agenda against “assault rifles” hasn’t been effective. But their war on ammunition by limiting access via regulation, manipulating the market and shutting down manufacturing, has been very effective. And if they succeed, it would be the same as a comprehensive ban on guns.

 

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Israel Strikes Syria Again

Infowars.com
October 31, 2013

The Obama administration has made public an Israeli attack on a military installation near the Syrian port city of Latakia earlier this week. The Israeli government has not admitted to attacking its neighbor.

Russian SA-8 antiaircraft missile. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Russian SA-8 antiaircraft missile. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

“We don’t refer to foreign reports,” the Israeli government told when asked for comment by CNN.

The Israelis struck a storage facility containing missiles and related military equipment they claim would have been transferred to Hezbollah, the Lebanese resistance group formed after Israel invaded the country in 1978.

The Israeli press reports the strike was against Russian SA-8 surface-to-air missiles. The SA-8 is not an offensive weapon. It is an antiaircraft missile used for defense.

Israel has violated Syrian sovereignty and launched military attacks inside the country on numerous occasions. In January, the Israelis bombed a convoy in Syria it said was moving weapons to Hezbollah.

 

China Moves Spy Ship to Hawaiian Waters in “Retaliation” Against U.S.

Unprecedented development showcases Beijing’s increasing military confidence

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
October 31, 2013

China has sent a surveillance ship to Hawaiian waters for the very first time in an unprecedented move which is being described as a provocative retaliation to the U.S. naval presence in the East China Sea.

Image: Wikimedia Commons.

According to a report by GoldSea.com, a news outlet aimed at Asian-Americans, a 4,000 ton People’s Liberation Army electronic reconnaissance ship was recently spotted near Hawaii within the U.S. 200-nautical mile EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone).

The report was also picked up by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, which ran an article entitled China moves spy ship near isles, Asian media say.

The ship “is equipped with various electronic gear for eavesdropping on radio communications and tracking ships and aircraft. It is also believed to have jamming equipment to interfere with the radio communications of other ships,” according to the report.

The development is unprecedented because China has never sent a ship within the U.S. EEZ, although the U.S. has entered the Chinese EEZ on numerous occasions for decades. It is not known whether the ship violated the territorial waters of the United States, which extend to 12 nautical miles under the 1982 UN convention on the Law of the Sea.

The fact that the ship got within 2,400 miles of San Francisco represents “a potential for offensive actions against the US by the Chinese military,” according to the report.

The development is apparently part of China’s growing military confidence, which was also exemplified with the country’s recent declassification of its nuclear-armed Xia-class submarine fleet, which according to state media represents an “assassin’s mace that would make adversaries tremble.”

China’s increasing aggressiveness in the East China Sea and its challenge to Japanese control of the Senkaku Islands has sparked tensions, with Japan repeatedly scrambling fighter jets earlier this week in response to Chinese military aircraft flying near Okinawa.

Back in September, China also reportedly sent warships to the coast of Syria to “observe” the actions of US and Russian vessels in the region.

“The recent deployment of a PLAN surveillance ship into Hawaiian waters is seen as Beijing’s message to the US and the rest of the world that China can now contest the waters of the western Pacific and that the US Navy no longer has a free pass in the region. It is also seen as a form of retaliation for what Beijing considers the provocative naval exercises the US recently conducted in the Yellow Sea jointly with the navies of South Korea and Japan’s Self-Defense Force,” states the report.

Watch a video demonstration of China’s recently declassified Xia-class submarine fleet below.

 

NSA Surveillance of the Pope a Good Thing

Infowars.com
October 31, 2013

Pope Francis. Photo: Semilla Luz

Pope Francis. Photo: Semilla Luz

Because it will anger a lot of Catholics. Worldwide, there are over a billion Catholics. In the United States, there are over 78 million, about 25 percent of the population.

Imagine if they got it together politically and moved to put an end to NSA surveillance, an illegal practice the chairman of the House Intelligence CommitteeMike Rogers, said yesterday is fine and dandy because there’s no privacy in America. Our government and its grocery clerks masquerading as civil servants support this Constitution-busting criminal behavior.

Imagine Catholics rushing to the polls on election day and throwing all of the bastards out of Congress. Short of that, a massive phone-in and email writing campaign by nearly 80 million Catholics would put the fear of God into our supposed representatives. They might actually get rid of the NSA. Out of fear, they might run Mike Rogers out of Congress on a rail.

Catholics and Americans in general owe a debt of gratitude to Cryptome, the website that broke a story about the NSA spying on 46 million telephone calls in Italy in December 2012 and early January 2013. Following the revelation, the Italian magazine Panorama said the national security state surveilled the pontiff.

Various governments and internet hosting companies have tried to shut the site down for posting information not available anywhere else. The FBI has harassed the site’s founder, John Young, more than once.