I own quite a few firearms, let's just say more that a dozen. I like my guns. I enjoy hunting with them and target shooting. I think having one or three is good for home defense also.
Yesterday I went to several of my usual ammo supply stores (Wal Mart, Dick's, Cabela's, and Bass Pro) only to find their shelves severely depleted of all the most common centerfire rounds for rifles and handguns. I talked to the various sales people and their stories were identical- they can't keep rifle and hand gun ammo on the shelf. It sells the day it arrives. Why is this so?
Brent Mattis gives the basic answer:
Since it became likely that Obama was going to win the election, groups like the NRA and GOA (Gun Owners of America) have been highlighting past statements by Obama and his Attorney General, Eric Holder, suggesting that while in office he would ban and regulate guns much more severely than previous administrations.
Highlighted proposals include: A 500% ammo tax, a ban on all military-pattern rifles, a ban on magazines with a greater than ten round capacity, federally licensing all gun owners and registering their guns. As a result, gun shows, ranges, military bases, shooting matches, online forums, etc., have been a cacophony of people fueling the fear of an upcoming ban. Gun owners, who have never seen, much less held a military-pattern rifle, are going out and purchasing $1200 AR-15's, a pile of 30-round magazines, and cases of 5.56mm ammo. Gun owners that already own such a rifle are going out and purchasing all the military pattern rifles they think they will EVER want/need. The presumption, of course, is that the ban will be similar to the federal Assault Weapon Ban of 1994 or the California ban of 2000 that grandfathered all preexisting guns.
Personally, I'm not going to freak out too much just because President Obama and his new attorney general don't care much for the Second Amendment...no, I'll just stay calm and wait their term out.
But, here's Shari's revised grocery list-
2 boxes of 9mm ammo (50 rounds ea.)
Macaroni and Cheese
1 box of .243 ammo (soft point)
2 boxes of .223 ammo
Frozen Chicken nuggets
4 boxes of cereal
1 box of 7 mag ammo (20 rounds)
2 boxes of .22 ammo (long rifle)
1box of .308 ammo (20 rounds)
2 boxes of .30-.30 ammo (for my trusty lever action cowboy gun)
2 boxes of military issue 6mm ammo
1 case of 12-gauge shot gun shells (#4's)
Repeat next month...