Stop ammo hoarding

If you're a hard-core fan of the AMC series "The Walking Dead," and you're living in constant fear that you'll one day wake up to a world suddenly taken over by flesh-eating zombies, then by all means, it makes sense to stockpile as much ammunition as humanly possible.
Mar 12, 2013

But the chances of a zombie takeover are slim, so gathering thousands of rounds of handgun and rifle bullets isn't really necessary.

Unfortunately, that kind of stockpiling is happening today — but not because of the fear of the living dead. Instead, it's the fear of President Obama and the possibility of new gun control regulations that have some Americans buying up all the rounds they can for their weapons.

Head to Meijer or Wal-Mart in Grand Haven, or to Dick's Sporting Goods in Muskegon, or even Gander Mountain in Grand Rapids, and you'll find plenty of shotgun shells — but the shelves where the .22 ammunition would normally be are bare.

Rounds for popular handgun calibers are also hard to find, and .223 and 5.56-mm ammunition are becoming increasingly scarce.

The latter two at least make sense. Ever since last year's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., there have been rumors of strict regulations coming down on so-called assault rifles. These military-style semi-automatic rifles typically shoot a .223 round, while other versions use a 5.56-mm or even a .308.

For years, these bullets were mass-produced and easy to find. But these days, they're becoming increasingly difficult to locate.

Shooters are afraid that outlandish new taxes will soon be levied on these bullets, or that background checks will be required in order to purchase them. Others fear the flat-out banning of these and other popular weapons and ammunition.

The result? They're flying off the shelf faster than retailers can get them in.

The sad truth of the matter is that these conspiracy theorists are ruining it for everyone else.

The casual gun owner who likes to take his .22 rifle out into the woods and plink away at empty pop cans and paper plates with his kids can no longer find ammunition to do so.

Bullets that used to cost just pennies apiece are now being snatched up by hoarders and, in some cases, sold on the Internet for ridiculous profits.

Many retailers are putting strict limits on the amount of ammunition that people can purchase — but even so, shelves remain bare.

Some feel that the ammo shortage is a short-term phenomenon, and once the immediate fear of radical change passes, things will return to normal.

Let's hope so, because if there is a sudden invasion of zombies — or squirrels, pop cans or whatever — it would be nice to know that there's enough ammo out there for everyone.

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Vladtheimp

I think I now understand why the government is hoarding ammunition - if President Obama is so paranoid that he needs a food taster before he can eat at the United States Senate, he must be terrified of the thought of guns and ammunition in the hands of the populace. http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/1...

Lanivan

Wing: I never am quite sure if you are joking, you being a clever fellow and all, but if your last 2 replies are intended to be serious, you've just proved my whole point! For the love of Zeus, start reading something other than King Vlad!

Vlad: For the love of Hades, you better believe it....I know I am.

Wingmaster

...and I take these inept replies as a sign you are seeing the truth in what I speak like a lightening bolt from the heavens! Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name! Well off to feed my three dogs ;-)

Lanivan

Now we're talking! Cerberus!! Brilliant!.....now if we can just start to work on your misguided and self-destructive political views. No? Oh well, thanks for the laugh...

Vladtheimp

Huh?

Wingmaster

Zues, Hades.... ah never mind if I have to explain!

Vladtheimp

Thwarted by the format again - my Huh was a reply to Lanivan, but somehow ended up as a reply to your comment.

Lanivan

"..he must be terrified of the thought of guns and ammunition in the hands of the populace". "...you better believe it, I know I am".

Vladtheimp

I agree! There are better sources than Vlad. http://youtu.be/6jgk4lzmIwA

Lanivan

You're incorrigible! This is funny if you don't develop cataracts from the glare of all the glossy lips and legs...my vote goes to the singer/songwriter.

Favorite part - "more cowbell".

Wingmaster

.....so that's how you go blind....

Wingmaster

Now that thar is funny stuff Vlad!

Lanivan

Re ammo hoarding: While you guys are enjoying this little ditty, this is what young, urban professional democrats are watching....note the 13 million+ hits....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a...

Wingmaster

Found where those lies you speak of came from.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N...

Wingmaster

What crap is going on Trib...the above post and link is to an early post by Lanivain...how does it end up here?? I'm outta here until you can fix this and offer a useable site!

Lanivan

It's ok, really....no worries, it's all in the past.....whatever works for you.....

Wingmaster

So Lan, I will leave you with this:

"In observations on this subject, we hear the legislature mentioned as the people's representatives. The distinction, intimated by concealed implication, through probably, not avowed upon reflection, is, that the executive and judicial powers are not connected with the people by a relation so strong or near or dear. But is high time that we should chastise our prejudices; and that we should look upon the different parts of government with a just and impartial eye."

--James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791

Lanivan

Well said! How's this?:

"When I'm drivin' in my car, And the man comes on the radio, He's tellin' me more and more, About some useless information, Supposed to drive my imagination...I can't get no satisfaction." Rolling Stones, Back in the Day.

Wingmaster

Found where those lies you speak of came from.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N...

Wingmaster

Found where those lies you speak of came from.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N...

Wingmaster

Found where those lies you speak of came from.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N...

Wingmaster

"A government big-enough to give you everything you want, is big-enough to take everything that you have." --President Gerald Ford (1913-2006) ....Maybe this brings you back to your roots!

Wingmaster

The above post intended for an earlier reference Lan made.....come on Trib where is the edit button?

Lanivan

Oddly, this sounds like something my father would have said....

Wingmaster

Just read this reply...so now we come full circle back to why people are so concern about their gubment and are hoarding ammo. Your father found the wisdom in less government when will you?

Lanivan

So you are admitting people are hoarding ammo to overthrow the government? Better be careful, Lucifer (aka Wingmaster).

Like my father, I'm all for smart, balanced, lean, fair government for the people by the people. The problem between you and me, and those who think like us, is how to achieve this. I don't think putting politics before country, ideology before party, or super-sized profits before people is the answer.

Wingmaster

Better be careful we just might end up on the same page!
Exception: people are not hoarding ammo to overthrow the gov't but are buying it for personal use be it target, personal protection or hunting before it is eliminated or taxed out of existence!
Before the beer summit occurs, music selection needs to span the entire genre from Berry to Zevon and Do Wop to metal!

Lanivan

I'm relieved to read your exception/correction. Don't leave out Shag (low country beach music - really cool stuff). And then there are the Beatles. I leave you with the following lyrics, appropriate to the original reason for all this - ammunition, and the hoarding there of.

"Happiness is a warm, yes it is Mama, gun. Bang. Bang. Shoot. Shoot."

Vladtheimp

Looks like this hoarding thing is spinning out of control - now it even has a diverse countenance. http://motorcitymuckraker.com/20...

"We will disrupt the economic system." LOL!

Lanivan

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

I think I'll show up to provide the diversity.

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