It seems that our story on the Biden administration’s big brain idea for putting the screws to America’s AR-15 owners has caught the attention of someone who has full command of his mental faculties at the White House. The story is evidently of enough concern that White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates felt the need to issue this tweet today . . .
This story isn’t true. We will not let this plant close. https://t.co/TlZQPNEdOO
— Andrew Bates (@AndrewJBates46) June 20, 2022
There’s only one problem with Bates’ statement. It doesn’t address the information in our story. At all.
As Bates is no doubt well aware, we didn’t claim that the Biden brain trust is trying to shut down the Army’s Lake City, Missouri ammunition plant. Our story states that
Susan Rice administration officials want to cut off sales of ammo produced there to the retail market.
Winchester operates the plant under contract with the government. Ammunition produced at Lake City in excess of the military’s needs is currently packaged and sold on the retail market. Those retail sales are what Biden wants to stop.
As the NSSF’s Mark Oliva told us . . .
This restrictive action would immediately jeopardize 400-500 jobs, significantly reduce the availability of ammunition in the marketplace, and put the nation’s warfighting readiness at risk. Both NSSF and Winchester strongly oppose this action. …
This policy to deny the sale of excess ammunition not only would freeze over 30 percent of the 5.56 mm/.223 caliber ammunition used by law-abiding gun owners, it risks the ammunition industry’s ability to surge production capacity for national defense if the costs to maintain the present workforce isn’t recouped through sales to the civilian market.
To say nothing of what it would do to the retail price of .223 and 5.56 ammo. But that, after all, is the real objective here.
We tweeted back at Bates, asking for any comment on the actual substance of our story, rather than the intentionally misleading non-denial he issued. We expect an intergalactic space craft full of silicon-based life forms to land in Central Park and give mankind the key to cheap, limitless, water-based energy production before Bates or anyone else at 1600 responds, but if either one of those things happens, we’ll let you know.