The NRA, Gun Owners of America and the right wing blogosphere is up in arms over their latest imagined conspiracy theory, that the EPA is engaging in “backdoor gun control” because the last lead smelting plan is shutting down rather than comply with the Clean Air Act. Allen West pushes this cockamamie claim, but first he assures us that he’s too careful to fall for a false conspiracy theory:
I am one who steers very clear of tinfoil hat conspiracy theories. I often believe progressives plant stories in order to distract and disrupt, enabling them to pursue their true goals and objectives.
Oh yes, of course. It’s the liberals manipulating those brilliant wingnuts into thinking that Obama was born in Kenya, that the UN is on the verge of taking over the country and all the other bizarre delusions they continually promote.
However, as a former combat commander, I have been trained to look for trends.
That may be the weirdest appeal to authority I’ve ever seen.
Wrong. It’s entirely legal to smelt lead in the United States, but they have to comply with federal regulations to protect against enormous environmental damage. Allen West doesn’t like that, of course, because he thinks God will magically protect us from all that (at least the good Christians).
And I believe we’ve found a very disturbing one. it seems that back door gun control is in full effect in the United States. Why? Thanks to Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we can no longer smelt lead from ore in the United States.
What this all means is that after December 2013, any ammunition that will be available to US citizens will have to be imported, which will surely increase the price and possibly come under government control. It seems this is fully in concert with the US Military and Homeland Defense recent purchase of large quantities of ammunition.
Oh yes, you can definitely establish the credibility of your current false conspiracy theory by referring to your previous false conspiracy theory. Well played. Of course, all of this is nonsense. This all began under the Bush administration in 2008, not Obama. Even Glenn Beck’s The Blaze website has debunked this one, which of course means that Beck will be repeating it on his show this week.