The Second Amendment says that Congress cannot make any law infringing on the right to keep and bear arms. But rights are meaningless when we have a “Big Government” that can regulate and burden the economy.
After all, the Second Amendment doesn’t dictate that the government provide all of us with firearms. It merely allows us to use our wealth to acquire our own. So all the government has to do to reduce gun ownership is manipulate the economy so that fewer people can afford them. (That is one of the reasons it is so evil that the media is willing to demonize small cheap firearms.)
The EPA, as a regulatory agency, has already proven it can drastically damage the American economy on the basis of mere will. It should surprise no one that it is using its powers to weaken gun ownership in the United States. Fox News reports:
When the last bullet-producing lead smelter closes its doors on Dec. 31, it will mark a major victory for those who say lead-based ammunition pollutes the environment, but others warn ‘green’ bullets will cost more, drive up copper prices and do little to help conservation.
The bid to ban lead bullets, seen by some as harmful to the environment, started slowly more than a decade ago. But with two dozen states, including California, banning bullets made of the soft, heavy metal, 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., by year’s end.
Whether by state or federal regulation, or by market forces, lead bullets will be all but phased out within a few years in favor of so-called green bullets, experts say. While many believe that this will help the environment by keeping lead from contaminating groundwater, others say switching to copper-based bullets will cost hunters and sportsmen more and have little effect on the environment.
The fact that the military is in on the scam reeks of hypocrisy. The people who gave us burn pits and ammunition made out of depleted uranium care about the environment? Do they plan to secretly dump the leftover led bullets into the ocean they way they dumped nuclear waste into it?
Naturally, since the military will get an ever-expanding budget, they don’t really care about the expense of “green” bullets. But the EPA’s interference is going to affect many normal people in the future as they make their decisions about purchasing firearms.
Once again, simply by intruding on all areas of life, the government can nullify such basic rights as the right to bear arms while claiming to uphold the right in theory. As Obamacare and other government interventions continue to hurt the middle class, I suspect we will see many more instances in which exercising basic rights becomes unaffordable.