Second Amendment Can be Disregarded for Officer Safety?

The Obama Administration invokes officer safety to justify banning bullets.


As Bob Allen reported on Friday, the Obama Administration has devised a way to effectively ban certain guns by banning their ammunition via the BATFE.

Since there are such things as the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and—more specifically—the Second Amendment, naturally many Americans are outraged.

Thus, we get to hear a big fib put out by the White House. As the Washington Times reports, “White House says ammo ban will save cops’ lives.”

“We are looking at additional ways to protect our brave men and women in law enforcement, and believe that this process is valuable for that reason alone,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is accepting public comment on an administration proposal to ban .223 M855 “green tip” ammunition most often used with AR-15 rifles. House lawmakers from both parties, as well as sportsmen and some law enforcement officials, are objecting the move.

Mr. Earnest called it a “common-sense step.”

“The president has long believed that there are some common-sense steps that we can take … to ensure that we’re protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans while also taking some common-sense steps to prevent people who shouldn’t have guns from getting them,” he said.

Mr. Earnest added, “This seems to be an area where everyone should agree that if there are armor-piercing bullets available that can fit into easily concealed weapons, that it puts our law enforcement at considerably more risk.”

Yet, in a nation with over three hundred million people, awash for years in these guns and this ammunition, Earnest did not cite one instance of such a bullet being used to penetrate an officer’s body armor and inflict harm upon him. Think about that. He’s the press secretary of the White House. He has to have resources for research available to him. Yet he couldn’t name one case.

Yet we’re supposed to toss the Second Amendment for the sake of “officer safety.”

Furthermore, this alleged concern for officer safety is using the BATFE, the agency that armed drug cartels with weapons used to kill American law enforcement officers—among many others.

The alleged concern for officer safety is really beside the point since the Second Amendment doesn’t allow the government to appeal so some alleged reason to infringe on the right to bear arms. But it is still worth pointing out that the offered rationale is phony.

In fact, with the police getting free war equipment from the Pentagon, the idea that our officers are in any real danger from these bullets is not just unsupported, but the reverse of reality. The question is not why we should be permitted the bullets that have always been legal. The question is: Why are the Feds arming standing troops in our midst? How are they really vulnerable with their armored vehicles sent to help them deal with libertarians? We are not supposed to be an occupied country but a free one.

Two top House Republicans, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, said the administration is on an “illegitimate path” and vowed to stop the proposal with legislation if necessary.

How will that help? Obama will just veto it. Other than getting a veto-proof majority in favor of a legislative fix, the only way to stop the BATFE is to force a choice on Obama that results in his defunding the agency.

Anything less is cooperation in the dismantling of the government’s recognition of our right to bear arms.