In a letter from January 9th, a group of 20 State Attorney Generals (AGs) took aim at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant. According to the letter, ammo from the plan was used in multiple school shootings and the Buffalo, NY, supermarket shooting. Now, they are demanding the White House Office Of Gun Violence Prevention investigate the plant and make sure civilians are unable to purchase their ammunition.
Addressing Director Stefanie Fieldman directly, they wrote, “We write…to express concern about recent reports that billions of rounds of military-grade ammunition manufactured at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant have been sold on the commercial market, leading to their use in many of the most tragic mass shootings in recent history. We ask your Office to conduct an investigation into the contracting processes that led to this situation and to take action to ensure that military-grade and military-subsidized ammunition stays out of civilian hands.”
Listing off four separate mass shootings, they specifically cited the shooter in the Buffalo case as saying he chose Lake City ammo because it would give him the best barrier penetration he could find. Not that he needed barrier penetration anyway; it’s not like he engaged the police in a shootout or even went up against anyone who had on body armor as he did.
Continuing, the letter suggested something needs to change. “Ammunition from Lake City is manufactured for military use and does not belong in our communities. Federal courts have repeatedly noted the military nature of 5.56-millimeter rounds, which are used in military-issued rifles, such as the M-16. Military-style weapons – and the ammunition specifically manufactured for them – should be limited to military use. Even if military-grade ammunition were appropriate for the civilian market, its sale to private parties should not be subsidized by taxpayer dollars.”
New York’s Attorney General Letitia James was the author behind the letter and main signature.
She implies that military 5.56mm ammunition is made with extra strength or that Lake City Army Ammunition produced something unique. The truth of the matter is that this is just a government-subsidized place for Remington to manufacture basic 5.56mm rounds. It’s the same on a US Army firing line as it is off the Wal*Mart shelf or in an M4 in Baghdad. They aren’t being made with more impact or with a special bullet.
Truth be told, the only thing special about Lake City is the pricing.
With the factory producing military and commercial ammunition, they simply sell off some of the surplus. Given the steal of a deal the US military (and others that Biden keeps giving arms to) get on such ammunition, ending the deal with them would be devastating for the US military budget. As the American taxpayers (especially the liberals) are already concerned about how much we spend on defense, it isn’t reasonable or prudent to undertake steps that will only make it more expensive.
Signing off below AG James from NY were AGs from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawai‘i, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
Sheepishly admitting at the end that military readiness is crucial in these uncertain and trying times, they also acknowledged that Lake City cannot disappear. In an attempt to soften the blow to their egos, they tried insisting that the US government shouldn’t be allowing for the sale of ammo produced there to private citizens. Again, taking away this ability to be sold there will only increase the tax bill to the American citizen. All for something that is no different.
As we have seen over the years, the American government under liberal leadership continuously funds special interest projects that only benefit their own pockets. With these dishonorable criminals pushing for “safety” at the expense of the safety of the average American, they are advocating for a weaker nation at a time were strength is more necessary than ever.