Larry Pratt's Gun Owners of America, the gun lobbying organization which prides itself on being further to the right of Wayne LaPierre and the NRA, refuses to let die the conspiracy theory that the Obama administration is instituting backdoor gun control through the Environmental Protection Agency.
The basis of GOA's theory is that a lead smelting plant in Missouri, which shut down instead of complying with clean air regulations, was shut down by the Obama administration to limit the supply of lead for manufacturing bullets, even though the plant was originally targeted during 2008 under the Bush administration.
The conspiracy theory has gained enough traction to attract the attention of both the NRA and Sierra Bullets, both of which flatly denied the claims.
The NRA, which is no friend of the President and no stranger to peddling conspiracy theories, said of the closure that "while many factors can affect the market for ammunition, this particular facility's closure should not have the dramatic impact that some have predicted."
Darren Leskiw, an engineer for Sierra, also denied any negative effect: ""Our supply should not be in jeopardy and we do not anticipate any changes in our supply chain at this time. Could the lack of primary lead create a little more demand for recycled lead? Sure, but how much is unknown. Could this increase in demand also create an increase in price? Sure, but again, by how much is unknown at this time. In short, we do not see any reason for alarm."
In response, GOA's Mike Hammond told NewsMax that these firm denials from reliably conservative sources suffice to confirm the group's suspicions.
"You don't want people questioning if your company is going to shut down," said Hammond.
This is literally the same logic the people in Monty Python's Life of Brian were operating under.