On April 17, New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg issued a statement to the public that he intends to propose a bill or amendment to regulate black powder, and other forms of explosive components, in the wake of the Boston Marathon Massacre. The bill would demand full Federal background checks of anyone seeking to purchase the minor explosive, similar to recent attempts by Congress to require full background checks on the sale of firearms.
In the wake of the deadly bombing attacks in Boston, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced that he will reintroduce legislation he has proposed in a prior Congress to require that sales of explosive powder be subject to a background check. He will also file the legislation as an amendment to the gun violence prevention bill currently on the Senate floor
From Lautenberg’s own site:
“It is outrageous that anyone, even a known terrorist, can walk into a store in America and buy explosives without any questions asked,” said Senator Lautenberg. “If we are serious about public safety, we must put these common-sense safeguards in place. While the police have not revealed what specific explosive materials were used in Boston, what we do know is that explosive powder is too easy to anonymously purchase across the country.”
Consider how nanny-statish New Jersey is. In New Jersey, for example, you can’t pump your own gas. It’s both a jobs scam and a “safety” scam that 48 other states’ citizens show is complete bull.
See, in 48 other states, you can walk to a gas pump and fill your tank with gallons upon gallons of gasoline.
In 48 states, you can go and pump as much gas as you can afford into your car or an approved container. In New Jersey and Oregon, you have to kneel before the might of lobbyists and you have an attendant pump gas for you, but you can still buy as much gas as you want.
Fortunately, highly combustible, flammable, and also explosive gasoline has never been used to kill anyone in any kind of attack, ever ever. Well, except for killing 87 people at once. And it’s used all the time by arsonists.
So gasoline is totally more dangerous. It shows again that there are dangerous chemicals and things all around us, and it’s the people we have to deal with, not the tools… because a dedicated villain will always find the tools.
But Lautenberg, who lives in a state where people are considered too stupid to pump their own gas, demands that we regulate black powder.
Of the $27.8 Billion spent each year on firearms, ammunition, clothing, reloading equipment, optics, and accessories by the American public, only about 7-8% of all gun owners reload their own ammunition on a regular basis. This means that only a relatively small amount of people purchase black powder explosives each year, and in comparison to other flammable, explosive, and dangerous household products such as fertilizer and gasoline, the singling out of black powder for stricter regulation bears little statistical evidence that its use in criminal activity is widespread.
As Examiner notes, it’s not prevalent among criminals. Actual blackpowder isn’t very prevalent (it’s been mostly replaced by Pyrodex), and modern gunpowders basically burn, they don’t quite explode.
Gunpowder is classified as a low explosive because of its relatively slow decomposition rate and consequently low brisance. Low explosives deflagrate (i.e., burn) at subsonic speeds, whereas high explosives detonate, producing a supersonic wave.
From Lautenberg’s site:
Current law allows an individual to purchase as much as 50 pounds of explosive “black powder” without a background check, and also permits an individual to purchase unlimited amounts of dangerous “smokeless powder” and “black powder substitute” without a background check.
And it will cost you shipping out the wazoo. It’s not cheap to ship that stuff, because you have to comply with DOT regulations and hazmat to ship it already. Smokeless powder is just a chemical that burns quickly. When in a shell, with a primer on one end and a bullet on the other, and inside a steel chamber, it becomes useful. Until then, it’s just a fast-burning chemical compound, and one that happens to be an intrinsic part of the Second Amendment, as ammunition is part of bearing arms.
If one were a terrorist, again, by contrast, you can buy all the gasoline you want. So you could buy hundreds or even thousands of gallons of gasoline and do whatever you wanted with it.
Ignoring all of that for a moment, consider that Al Qaeda’s online publication, Inspire magazine, has directions on how to make very specific types of explosives. They detailed the pressure cooker bomb, but they also detail how to use chemicals to mix much more destructive explosives. The internet is full of destructive bomb-making recipes for those looking for them, and Lautenberg, along with the rest of his dictatorial cohorts, is apparently completely lost on the first word in the acronym IED.
Improvised explosive device.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. There is always a way for the motivated terrorist.
War is not a contest of force, whether conventional or unconventional, declared or undeclared. It is a question of will.
If you ban one thing, they will find another to use. The more you ban, the more liberties are lost, the more the terrorists have terrorized you into crushing your own citizenry and treating everyone like criminals. They will have won, as the American people will feel defeated by the actions of their own government against the citizenry in knee-jerk response to terrorists who will never follow a law.
You have to stop the individual terrorists. Ultimately, it is the terrorist that kills, and he is who you have to stop.
As an aside, while we’re on the subject of background checks for everything, how about we do background checks on who comes into the country, and we stop letting in terrorists and people who will reasonably become terrorists, huh? Then maybe us US citizens can stop getting screwed with every time we go to do anything? And how about we do background checks on senators and congressmen and presidents, so if they show any tendencies towards grossly violating oaths to the Constitution and trying to stomp on citizens rights, we don’t let them work in government?