The NRA, which is really just the marketing wing of the gun industry, has a shiny new conspiracy theory. The Obama administration, you see, is going to ban ammunition. All of it. And the NRA knows this is a lie because they were part of a court case that proves it false just a few months ago.
National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre relied on numerous falsehoods to claim that President Obama will move to ban sales of all firearm ammunition before he leaves office, thus making “the very real nightmare of every single gun owner in this country” a reality.
In the May issue of the NRA’s magazine, America’s 1st Freedom, LaPierre wrote, “President Barack Obama is setting the table to ban your ammunition — all of it,” and claimed that “the remaining two years of Obama’s term pose the greatest threat ever to the Second Amendment and our freedom.”
LaPierre imagined a ludicrous scheme where “two fatal turns of events” would lead the EPA to ban all lead ammunition and, subsequently, the Obama administration to ban all non-lead ammunition. According to LaPierre, “The president’s bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are partnering with private enviro-radicals to ban lead projectiles — including all hunting bullets — as hazardous.”
The facts prove him wrong. In December 2014, FoxNews.com reported that “[i]n a decision favorable to gun enthusiasts,” a federal court ruled against environmentalists who argued that the EPA has the authority to regulate lead ammunition. According to FoxNews.com, “The National Rifle Association and much of the pro-gun lobby intervened on the EPA’s side in urging the federal appeals court to uphold the dismissal of a lawsuit by 101 environmentalist organizations.” (The EPA does not believe it has authority to regulate lead ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act.)
So the Obama EPA is going to ban lead bullets even though the EPA has already agreed with the NRA that it doesn’t have that authority and the courts have said so too. That’s a lie, folks. But it’s a convenient one. It’s bound to scare people into stocking up on ammunition, which is the entire goal. The NRA is the gun industry’s advertising company.