Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Democrat Senators from Montana

I have to give a hat tip to the Democrat Senators from Montana for protecting the taxpayer and ammo reloaders. The Outdoor Wire has this:

At about five-thirty yesterday evening, the lengthy feature that was to
have gone in today's editions of both the Outdoor and Shooting Wires was
rendered unnecessary. Normally, that's not a reason for celebration. But this
was no ordinary occurrence. After having spoken with Larry Haynie of Georgia
Arms regarding the Department of Defense decision to require all once-fired
military brass be shredded rather than sold for repurposing to consumers and
domestic agencies, it seemed the set-piece battle over gun ownership was
underway. This morning, there is no discomfort whatsoever to report that the
Department of Defense has been introduced to the idea that unilateral decisions
of this magnitude don't come without consequences. The voice of reason came from
the United States Senators from Montana. More accurately, the voices of reason
came from the Democratic senators from Montana.

Known for pushing ethics
reform, Senator Jon Tester apparently isn't afraid to push for gun owners, too.
Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) a hand on the purse strings gets everyone's
attention - even at the DODAt approximately 4:15 p.m. Eastern yesterday
afternoon, Senators Tester and Baucus of Montana faxed a cosigned letter to the
Department of Defense asking DOD to reverse their new policy requiring
"mutilation" of fired military cartridge brass. At approximately 5:30 p.m.
Eastern our sources tell us, Senator Tester's office received a fax back from
the Defense Department saying the brass destruction policy IS reversed. Already,
websites that coordinate the sale of DOD surplus are beginning to remove the
"Mutilation" requirement from their listings. This only hours after they began
adding the mutilation stipulation. In short, it seems a fax from the Chairman of
the Senate Finance Committee and another Senator had considerable powers of
persuasion. That translates to a win for the law-abiding gun owners of the
United States. It is only appropriate that we recognize the party affiliation of
both these men, because their willingness to go to bat for the ammunition
industry demonstrates that, despite all the indications to the contrary,
Washington is not irrevocably divided down party lines. When it comes to
firearms and Second Amendment rights, it seems party affiliations can still be
disregarded. That is reassuring. Today, firearms owners owe these two gentlemen
a vote of thanks. They didn't wait for an opinion poll, they acted. Still, this
is still no time to relax when it comes to firearms. DOD has seen the light, but
Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department seem determined to try and
convince America the problems with Mexican drug smuggling and the related
violence is due to the ease with which American arms are being purchased here
and smuggled into Mexico. Fortunately, not everyone is sitting still for that
argument. Last week, Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle
Association's Institute for Legislative Action warned a House subcommittee not
to make American gun owners "scapegoats" for the Mexican crisis. "According to
some," Cox said in a prepared statement, "the violence in Mexico is not the
fault of the Mexican drug cartels or their American customers, nor is it the
fault of decades of Mexican government corruption. In their views, the fault
lies with American gun owners." That, Cox continued, "is an outrageous
assertion." But that assertion continues. And last week, three Democratic
lawmakers were quick to notify Attorney General Holder of their "vigorous
opposition" to any new gun restrictions the Obama administration might be
considering. The three lawmakers were Alaska Senator Mark Begich and - you
guessed it - Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester. Despite some ugly times
that will likely lie ahead, it seems it's not too-late to hope for some
non-partisan common sense to be injected into Congress. OK, maybe that's
optimistic, but we'll take this win - and all the support we can muster. Thank
you, Senators Tester and Baucus, for your unhesitating support. Oh yeah - the
following note is up on the Georgia Arms website: "Dear Loyal Customers, Thanks
to your voice, DOD has rescinded the order to mutilate all spent cases as of
4:30 pm on 3/17/09. We appreciate the time and effort that you expended,
together we all made a difference. We will be posting the email we received from
DOD as well as any additional information within the next 12-16 hours. Thanks so
much and lets get to work!!!"
--Jim Shepherd

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