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Fires From Muzzleloaders

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

One of 18,579 contract-bid opportunities currently offered by the federal government is this interesting item, tucked away among requests for analysis of airplane fire-retardant drop patterns.

"Multi-variable analysis on the probability and prediction of fire ignitions from muzzle loaded guns." http://tinyurl.com/owj8rz

The feds now have a combined bid website, allowing people to review and bid upon active and upcoming contract work from across the "entire federal contracting community." Working for the federal government is one way to get some of your tax dollars back, but you have to be able to read and write bureaucratese: "The successful offeror shall analyze provided data and create statistical analysis to support the project goals. The goals can be, but are not limited to, probability, design for experiments, spatial statistical analysis, multivariable analysis, etc."

Marksmen of course know from practical experience that the probability of starting fires (in National Forests, since this request comes from the Dept. of Agriculture) is quite low, but why should that stop our apparatchiks from spending money on a study which, if it shows any probability at all, could fan the flames of gun bans on public lands.

The Founding Fathers would be aghast at the way we spend money, that taxes could be taken for such things, and the idea that peripheral threats to gun rights could come from the Dept. of Agriculture (nowhere authorized in the Constitution).

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