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Much has been made of the federal governments purchases of late, of ammunition.  Specifically of 40 caliber hollow-point cartridges for this, that and the other government agencies.  The DHS, the DEA, the FDA, the ATF, and on.  It seems that almost every government agency has been assessed and found wanting and in need of lots and lots of ammunition.  And orders have flowed out from the government to every major manufacturer to purchase bullets.  Millions of bullets.  And hundreds of millions. Committed tax dollars.  Government contracts.  Steady business.  And like anyone else in a free market, the ammunition manufactures have gladly taken orders and switched over production lines and personnel to feeding that maw.  Good money.  Steady business. None of the give and take of the marketplace.  The have been compromised and turned into mostly defense contractors.

This is not to say that they have let their regular production go south.   But the demand for ammunition for the private sector has not changed and has not been met.  The government contracts have taken over nearly all of the manufacturing capacity sucking it dry like so many irrigation pipes have dried up most of the Colorado river.  So the shelves at the gun stores are empty.  Store after store with 30 foot racks with no ammunition.  And the shipments that come in are parceled out in boxes of 3s to customers that hover on the phones and are gone in less than 30 minutes after they arrive.  Anxious Americans, used to being able go to the firing range on the weekend and to plan hunting trips cavalierly suddenly find that there is a boot on the neck of the pipeline that feeds their guns.

Much speculation on the conservative columns about what the government needs with all of the 40 caliber hollow-points, that are not even legal to use in warfare according to the Geneva convention.  Various excuses have been trotted out.  “For practice.”  “For great volume purchase discounts .”  None have any ring of truth.  The volume discounts taper off after the first couple of million rounds.  This is 1.6 BILLION rounds.  The government has committed to purchasing enough bullets to practice for 100 years.  They have enough bullets ordered that would now allow them to shoot every American 5 times.  To wage a war like the Iraq war for the next 30 years, now at a time when the official unofficial wars are “winding down”.  The war on Afghanistan is carefully being lost, much like Vietnam.  They are not interested in waging war.  What these government contracts have done is to limit the ability of the American public to wage war, to rebel, or to effectively protect itself.

The government has used tax dollars to create a black hole for ammunition,  effectively soaking up all the supplies and all the manufacturing capacity  in America.  Almost none of the free market escapes to supply the unmet demand of the public.  This has the effect of drastically limiting the ability of Americans to keep and bear arms, since arms without ammunition are little more than funny shaped metal sticks and paperweights.

This is very disturbing, not just as a government assault on our 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.  This is disturbing because this is not an infinite plan.  Were the government intending to indefinitely purchase and warehouse ammunition for itself,  much like FDR’s purchase and destruction of livestock and grain, it might be construed as little more than a weak part of a multi-part effort to keep the economy going.    What is disturbing is that this effectively disarms most Americans because their casual purchasing and casual use at the local range will deplete their own supply of arms, since the supply of bullets has dried up.  Arms consist of both the gun AND the ammunition for it.  But we have a free market and if a demand persists, then entrepreneurs will eventually try to fill it, which the government knows.  Which implies that this has been done to have an effect for a particular time frame.  That there is a schedule.  That there is a plan to have an effect within a particular period of time.

Which means that for Americans that suspect that the executive branch may not have our best interests at heart, it might do well to practice with one’s firearm.  To forget long guns and to keep the pistols and revolvers close.  To get used to bolstering and handling and operating and cleaning.  But to forget the range.  Get a pellet pistol to practice with aiming and firing and save your ammunition.

Because this is 1.6 billion infringements on our 2nd Amendment.  And there may be a storm coming.

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About drrik

3rd career and 2nd childhood. Spends spare time repairing old things. Aspires to burn more gasoline, gunpowder, and ink in pursuit of slowing down. Child of the 60s and aspiring student of history. No desire to see us repeat the failed social experiments that keep failing for lack of human beings that meet the left wing standards and have to be killed off. Did engineering long enough to realize that very little is new and the wheel does not need to be reinvented.
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