In conjunction with Ed Ingold
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.
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