NRA asked a simple, straight question — and got no answer. Read about what’s behind this HERE
Shannon Watts has developed her persona as a “full-time volunteer” who wants nothing more than to bring “common sense gun laws” to this country. However, she once again reminded gun owners of her true agenda with a recent tweet. We are used to individuals misrepresenting our message to push their own political agendas, but, in this case, we thought it necessary to correct the record.
In an attempt to attack an NRA-ILA article, Watts tweeted: “They’re proud of this? ‘In response to claims that ‘armor piercing ammunition’ could penetrate police body armor, … the @NRA stepped up, once again, and performance-based ammunition bans have been repeatedly defeated at the federal level.’”
We responded by pointing out “that all centerfire rifle ammunition pierces soft body armor” and asked Watts if she wanted “to ban all rifle ammunition used for self-defense, sport, and hunting?” If she had done a bit of research Watts would have discovered that NRA wasn’t alone in our opposition to “performance-based ammunition bans,” even ATF opposed the same legislation. In congressional hearings in 1982 and 1984, Department of the Treasury (where ATF was then located) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement, Robert Powis, testified against the same bills that NRA opposed.
Instead of answering a simple yes or no question Watts took it upon herself to delete a large number of comments on her instagram account from individuals who just wanted a simple answer. After disabling her comments we decided to pose the question again, “Do you want to ban all rifle ammunition used for self-defense, sport, and hunting?”
Naturally, the question was not answered. Instead Watts decided to declare to her followers that “I couldn’t be more thrilled that they’re [@NRA] terrified of a middle aged mom.” Falsely claiming that the NRA encouraged its followers to threaten her. While we certainly don’t condone making threats, we do think that someone who attacked us for our policy position should at least answer a simple question about that policy.
If she had done a bit of research Watts would have discovered that NRA wasn’t alone in our opposition to “performance-based ammunition bans,” even ATF opposed the same legislation. In congressional hearings in 1982 and 1984, Department of the Treasury (where ATF was then located) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement, Robert Powis, testified against the same bills that NRA opposed.
We’re not so sure that Watts didn’t already understand why we opposed these ammunition bans. In her tweet, the ellipsis just happened to remove the sentence where we identified the main problem with the bans: “Had they succeeded, all centerfire rifle ammunition would have been banned.”
This isn’t the first time Watts has let slip a position that even the most ardent gun control supporters would struggle to characterize as “reasonable.” Just last year, Watts was appalled that an 18 year old could purchase a .22 bolt-action rifle because it looked scary. As we noted at the time, focusing your gun control agenda on a bolt-action rimfire because it looks scary is “a pretty sorry showing for someone whose only claim to fame is imperiously hectoring the rest of the country on the evils of guns and gun owners and pushing prohibitory firearm policies and laws.”
To answer your question Shannon, yes, we are proud of our defense of rifle ammunition that millions of law-abiding gun owners use every year for self-defense, hunting, and target shooting.
Now, will you answer our question?
6 thoughts on “Does Shannon Watts Want a Ban on all Centerfire Rifle Ammunition?”
Watts decided to declare to her followers that “I couldn’t be more thrilled that they’re [@NRA] terrified of a middle aged mom.”
No, They are terrified of middle aged mom state of mind!
I’m terrified that someone uses her middle-aged momness as an argument. Surely she’s smarter than that. Or maybe not.
We are not afraid of her. We despise her actions and lies. April 19, 1775 when more about 700 British soldiers went to destroy colonial military supplies in Concord, Massachusetts. We shot them!
Venezuela outlawed possession of firearms. The gangs kept theirs and controlled outside of major cities with little interference from the government. Now that everything has collapsed and people are staving, they fight back with rocks and sticks against rifles, shotguns and run over in the streets.
Our law enforcement is not going to go out and search everywhere for firearms knowing they are out gunned.
Very few would even support an unconstitutional law. Look at all the Second Amendment sanctuary areas being designated.
It seems to be that ALL of the people that show oposition to fire arms and those that write legislation for firearms and ammunition have no background with firearms, either shooting, selling, manufacturing or for that matter using firearms. Its like me being elected Governor of a state when I have no experiance even leading a small company.
Check out how much a common police soft body armor vest covers on the person. If someone observes that the target (good guy or bad guy) is wearing a vest, it is simple to aim at another part of the body. The soft body armor was never meant to be total protection for the user. There are also several levels of protection and plates that can be added to stop higher powered bullets.
Has anyone learned that soft body armor does not stop a knife blade? Knife bans nest?