Could Ammunition Hoarding be Justified?

February 26, 2013


Could Ammunition Hoarding be Justified?


By Nancy Thorner and Ed Ingold –

Barack Obama has a past history of seeking strong gun control laws, which supersedes the present focus of attention being directed on the gun “problem” by the White House.

Consider the availability of ammunition. Harkening back to an Obama Colorado campaign speech in July of 2008, in a deviation from his prepared text Obama remarked: “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” This statement caused numerous writers to speculate that Obama was eluding to some kind of national Obama para-military force.

After Obama was elected in 2008, ammunition flew off the shelves which stayed bare for over a year.  It was not until the spring of 2010 that  9 mm or .40 S&W ammunition (the two most popular self-defense calibers) could be found in any quantity. Now, it is difficult to locate even the ubiquitous .22 LR “squirrel rifle and plinking” ammunition. Military calibers, such as AR style rifles (.223 Remington = 5.56x45mm) or M1 (.308 Winchester = 7.62x51mm) are not to be found anywhere. Even components used for reloading are in extreme short supply, especially primers and bullets (which can’t be reused).

Might the present ammunition shortage have to do with media reports that question why the feds are loading up on so much ammo?  A commentary by Andrew Malcolm posted on February 8, notes the puzzling, unexplained development of the Obama administration’s buying and storing of vast amounts of ammunition in recent months. According to one estimate,  the DHS has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9 mm.  This is sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times, including illegal immigrants.  Several other agencies of the federal government, including the Social Security administration, likewise began buying large quantities of bullets in 2012.

In addition to the government’s large, unexplained purchases of ammunition, might the root cause of the ammunition shortages be attributed to hoarding? There are fears that the government will place restrictions on ammunition as a way to restrict firearms without running directly afoul of the Constitution (a minor impediment in any case to those on the Left).

When people see something on the shelf, they buy it all. Some stockpile it, others resell it on the internet or gun shows at exorbitant prices.  As happened back in 2008, the same is happening now, only on a much more intense scale. Within two weeks of the Sandy Hill tragedy, the big mail order houses, Brownells in Iowa and Midway in Missouri, sold all of their magazines (a normal two year supply) for semi-automatic rifles.  Surprisingly, most companies are not gouging their customers. This generates bitterness among enthusiasts, which is not soon forgotten. Word of gouging spreads quickly, leading to boycotts. Nor will the politicians who climbed on board with President Obama be forgotten. Many of them will be looking for work after the 2014 elections.

The reaction of the Left to Newtown was  predictable. Although Congress probably won’t impose the restrictions demanded by the Left, the President is actively campaigning in vulnerable states (i.e., Democratic majorities) for even stricter measures. Out East, demagogues like Cuomo have taken the initiative, thinking that strict gun control laws will place them on the path to the White House. On January 15  New York  was the first state to pass strict gun control laws since the New Town massacre.

We see similar action being attempted in Cook County, except that the rest of the state has swung to a polar opposite position.  Although Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in this nation (which aren’t enforced), Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, on a Feb 17 morning radio program in Chicago, denied that Chicago gun laws are strict. McCarthy further believes that gun rights groups are corrupt and that the 2nd Amendment “limits citizens to owning smooth-bore muskets.”

It is foolhardy to expect that more gun control will cure Chicago and dispel the image held world-wide that Chicago is the murder capital of America. James Walsh attributes the crime wave in Chicago to the “Welcome to Chicago Ordinance” signed by Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel, which established the “Windy City” as a sanctuary city for illegal aliens.

The President says he supports the 2nd amendment, and “nobody is proposing to take your guns away,” but in the background intends to do exactly that.  Several congressmen and states have bills to confiscate firearms on the table, although they don’t seem to be going anywhere.It is unlikely that criminal use of firearms will be affected in any way, so legal owners will bear the brunt of ever stronger measures if they are allowed to proceed.

Background checks are at an all-time high, but have fallen off about 10% in January compared to December 2012. That’s because there’s hardly anything left to buy. The number of NICS checks is not a good indicator of sales, because you only need one check for any number of firearms at that time. Like ammunition, those with enough money are buying everything they can as soon as it is available.

A possible fly in the ointment impeding the Obama administration’s success in passing strict gun control laws that infringe upon the Second Amendment is that since New York State enacted its restrictive new gun laws, a group of Second Amendment-supporting gun makers are refusing to sell  arms to law enforcement in New York and other gun-restricting states. As of Saturday, February 23, 44 gun companies have stopped selling to law enforcement in anti-2nd Amendment States.

This movement is picking up steam as additions to the list are being added daily.   If SIG, Smith&Wesson and Glock get on board, the NYPD and the CPD will be making slingshots from the few trees left in their cities.

Published initially at Illinois Review on Monday, February 25.

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