Where has all the ammo gone? Is the
There are answers to those questions, but not the ones conspiracy theorists have suggested. For a couple of years now, the fevered brains in the right wing, gun-worshiping blogosphere have been overheating at the thought of the federal government hoarding billions of rounds of ammunition and leaving none for the patriots who would defend liberty against the shock troops of the
Reports got into mainstream media outlets, such as the Denver Post and Forbes, that DHS had plans to purchase enough ammo to sustain a hot war for 20 years. Apparently, some federal bureaucrat did, indeed, contemplate a big bullet buy in order to get a good price. But it appears this was an idea that went nowhere.
A recent post on a pro-gun rights web site, "Bearing Arms," sets the record straight, noting General Accounting Office records that show DHS ammunition purchases have actually steadily declined since 2009, Barack Obama's first year in office. That doesn't mean bullets have not been harder to find, but the reason for the scarcity is something quite different from a government plot to disarm the citizenry. In fact, it's just the opposite.
According to the
Perversely, the bullet-buying binge began prior to the 2008 election when firearms sales skyrocketed. And why were so many guns being sold? Perhaps it was due to the fear-mongering about a black Kenyan socialist taking over the White House and confiscating everyone's guns.