In an attempt to cover his right flank, Sen. Mike Crapo is championing a new cause: the promotion of armored piercing ammunition.

I know exactly what you’re thinking. “Wouldn’t this country be a better place if armored piercing ammunition was more common?”

Of course it would.

That sentiment must be what’s behind S. 2209, Crapo’s newest bill he introduced to the U.S. Senate on Oct. 27.

Here’s what it does: Currently, the Attorney General decides what is defined as “armor piercing ammunition.” Crapo’s bill, however, puts that regulatory responsibility into the hands of ammunition manufacturers.

What could possibly go wrong?

From S. 2209 —

“The term ‘armor piercing ammunition’ does not include…a projectile which is primarily intended by the manufacturer or importer to be used…for hunting, recreational, or competitive shooting.”

In all seriousness, the bill has no chance of becoming law. Govtrack.us gives it a zero-percent chance of being enacted and only a one-percent chance of passing committee.

But still. This is the best way to pander to extremists in your increasingly extreme party?

Giving ammunition manufacturers the power to self regulate munitions that pierce the bullet-proof vests of police officers hardly seems like the public policy most Idahoans are clamoring for.

But this really isn’t about most Idahoans is it?

It’s about the reelection of Mike Crapo.

How sad.

P.S. We are still waiting for the text of Crapo’s most recent bill, filed Nov. 4, titled (and we’re not kidding) “S. 2236: A bill to provide that silencers be treated the same as long guns.”