Yes, it’s one of those days. According to the calendar it’s Presidents Day. You know, that artificial holiday created by merging Washington’s and Lincolns birthdays to give public employees a 3-day weekend in the middle of February.
Overnight we received 3-4″ of snow. So far this winter, the snow has passed either to the north of us or to the south of us. Last night’s big dump passed south again but we were within the outskirts. So instead of getting 6-8″ as did some parts of Missouri, we only got 3-4″ according to my Mk I eyeball measurement of the snow sitting on the railing of my backyard deck. With a temp of 13°F this morning, I think I will stay inside today.
My lack of motivation seems to be mirrored by the news, too. I usually receive eight to a dozen newsletters/updates/breaking news announcements. This morning, it was only two newsletters and they were short to boot. I wonder if the whole world has decided to take the day off and join the local kids and my g’kids for a snow-day.
As for news. It seems to be a habit for the feds to release their edicts over the weekend for the MSM to ignore. Apparently they hope that if something is dumped on Saturday, by Monday morning, with the MSM ignoring it, the news will just slip away.
Case in point. The BATFE announced that it is planning on banning a particular kind of ammunition popular with AR-15 owners, the M855 5.56mm cartridge. It is a military round, slightly heavier than the Vietnam era cartridge that used a 55gr bullet. The M855 is 62grs and is more stable when fired through brush or in strong winds. This makes the bullet slightly more accurate in adverse conditions than the older cartridge.
The M855 is the US equivalent of the NATO cartridge known as SS109. The bullet had a steel core. When the M855 appeared on the market, the BATFE rightly determined it was not armor-piercing because it did not meet the BATFE definition of ‘armor piercing.’ Some gun-grabbers claimed that the steel core automatically meant the round was designed for armor piercing. The BATFE said it was not.
Over the weekend, the BATFE announced it will reverse itself next month. The instant result will be a feeding frenzy of sellers and buyers for the existing stocks of M855 before the ban is enacted.
It’s just another step of federal tyranny. If they can’t ban firearms, they ban the ammunition for those firearms, one small piece at a time.