RUSH: ‘The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),’ this is from the NRA website, by the way, ‘has proposed new rules that would have a dramatic effect on the storage and transportation of ammunition and handloading components such as primers or black and smokeless powder. The proposed rule indiscriminately treats ammunition, powder and primers as ‘explosives.’ Among many other provisions, the proposed rule would: ‘Prohibit possession of firearms in commercial ‘facilities containing explosives’ — an obvious problem for your local gun store.’ (laughing) You couldn’t possess guns in a gun store because they might be exploding. ‘Require evacuation of all ‘facilities containing explosives’ — even your local Wal-Mart,’ because ammo is an explosive, ‘during any electrical storm.’ So if you’re in a Wal-Mart and there’s an electrical storm, you’ve got to evacuate all facilities ‘containing explosives — even your local Wal-Mart’ — during an electrical storm, which is a hoot, and it would ‘Prohibit smoking within 50 feet of ‘facilities containing explosives.”
Now, as the NRA website says, ‘It’s important to remember this is only a proposed rule right now, so there’s still time for concerned citizens to speak out before OSHA issues its final rule. The [NRA and other organizations] will all be commenting on these proposed regulations, based on the severe effect these regulations (if finalized) would have on the availability of ammunition and reloading supplies…’ So people who are aware this say, ‘You know, this looks like a backdoor trick. The way to go after guns is to make sure that you can’t buy ammo for them,’ and this is just a federal agency. This is not legislation. This is just safety regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which would dry up ammunition sales.
RUSH: A friend of mine sent me a note about a story going on in Sandusky, Ohio. It’s a big issue there. A newspaper published all 2700 people in the community with a concealed carry permit. This, of course, made the fur fly, and the gun people there, the pro-gun people there got information on the newspaper editor, where he lives, everything about him, and they published that in their publications, in Sandusky, Ohio — and that’s the way to fight this stuff!
You know, journalists give out people’s privacy and so forth — and these are not public people. These are just 2700 people with concealed carry permits. These are not public people. Some of them might be, I don’t know, but most of them are just average citizens. So here comes every bit of information on them, their names and so forth and so on, and you go tell the journalist, ‘How would you feel if everything about you was exposed?’
‘Well, I’m just a journalist! I just convey the news. I’m an innocent bystander.’
‘No, you’re not.’
They can’t handle it. When they come under the same scrutiny that they scrutinize everybody else with, that does cause the fur to fly.