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I really work hard to be a moderate voice in the preparedness community. This is not always easy as some of my friends are really serious preparedness people, and we don't always agree on everything. Today was one of those days when it was hard to be moderate.
For some time, most of us who have guns for sport or protection have noticed an ever rising increase in the costs of ammunition. In part this may be due to the costs of copper and materials. It may also be due to increased regulation for component parts of ammunition. It may also be due in a small way to quantitative easing, the promiscuous printing of money by our governmental authorities. In the long term, printing money without an increase in the actual goods and services this money is chasing, produces inflation. Therefore, the increase in ammo pricing may be due, in a small way, to excessive money printing. Lastly, there are the forces of simple supply and demand at work here. For whatever reason, people have noticed they can't get ammo when they want, and so they are more likely to buy extra, and this too may tighten supplies a little.
Today, my eldest son and I were on a distant trip to the Wal-Mart to check out the pharmacy and get some ice cream to follow our Sunday dinner with all the family. We couldn't help but wonder why so many people, both men and women were collected over by the sporting department. It must be a sale, I thought !
We got closer and I noticed the gentlemen working the ammunition counter working hard. The glass cases which house the collection of ammo were almost empty ! " Did you have a sale ?", I asked. "No", said the man. "It's just been crazy this week". Before they were all gone, I picked up a box of ammo for one of my handguns, and paid for it at the sporting counter. The men around me started talking about their fear that Mr. Obama would issue some type of Executive Order which would limit our ability to get ammo of any kind. Another man said that the regime would control all the copper coming into the US by January, 2013, and none would be allocated for ammo. All of these buyers of ammo were upset and afraid. I thought this was unlikely, but I was wrong about Mr. Obama being voted out also. Some of them were telling me that other gun shops are also out of the caliber rounds (bullets) that they need. They were clearly worried.
I always carry a weapon, in part because I have a concealed weapons permit, and in part because where I live, in an extremely rural section of the country, its simply necessary. Rabid small animals are commonplace here, and they will occasionally attack human beings. Sometimes, I need to protect my livestock and other animals from predators. I would generally prefer to use a rifle for that, but my handgun is powerful, and does some real damage to most animals. I have never needed to do this, but my sons have killed poisonous snakes here on the farm with handguns, rather effectively. In fact, there is actually a round for that, called snake shot. One of the reasons I handled the road rage incident this week so well and I was so calm, is I knew that if the man got out of his car, and we could not get away, and we feared for our lives, that I was armed. I also know that I am able to protect my family should anyone break in here.
I don't know how justified the concerns for disappearing ammo really are, at this point. I will buy some rounds, and I will look into a reloading set up, but I have other things I KNOW I need which take precedence for now.
|These are some ammunition reloading supplies. We might have to learn to do this.|