The Gun & Ammo Famine of 2013-2014
During the mid-October Presidential Debates, Barak Obama stated his support for a new Assault Weapons Ban (AWB). There was plenty of time for gun owners to pull their heads out of their asses and make sure this clown didn’t get reelected. Unfortunately, a substantial number of you couldn’t be bothered with this triviality and Obama was granted a ‘No Consequences’ second term. Thank you Fudds, Bliss-Ninnys, voting and non-voting retards. Liberals in national and state legislatures saw this as a public stamp of approval and immediately ratcheted-up their antigun legislative efforts.
Between July 20 and December 14, 2012 ‘Idiots with Guns’ killed 46 people and wounded about that many more, in public places such as theaters, places of worship, malls and schools. An AR15 type rifle was used in one of those shootings and another was found in the trunk of a suspect’s vehicle, after another shooting. Liberals in national and state legislatures saw this, peed down their legs, squealed with glee and again ratcheted-up their antigun legislative efforts.
On January 16th, after much fanfare about circumventing Congress, Obama announced his ‘23 Executive Actions’ for reducing gun violence. Now any 7th grader who reads these can see they will have utterly no effect on gun violence and without Congress passing an AWB, they are as hollow as the head from whence they issued. But never mind reality… the die was cast.
Suddenly, a substantial number of you had a lucid moment and concluded things were getting ugly. Oh, Golly-Gee-Whizz! Military-pattern semi-auto rifles & magazines just might be hard to get, if a new AWB is enacted. You also decided you all just had to have one… NOW dammit- and before they’re all gone!! So began the 2012-2013 Gun and Ammunition Buying Frenzy.
“Great” you might say, “It’s good for the arms industry! Besides, we’ve seen it before. Anybody remember 2009?”
Well yes, some of us do in fact remember 2009. Ammo, particularly pistol and rifle ammo for military-pattern semi-autos, became hard to get. Certain reloading components, particularly primers, became hard to get. As demand outstripped supply, the prices of these items skyrocketed. Hoarding and Price-Gouging became common. But most of us knew it would eventually pass. Why? Because we also remembered 1994, when gun owners got pissed and cleaned out two of the three branches of government.
Go to your local WalMart, sporting goods discounter or go online. Try your damndest to buy 1000 rounds of bulk 5.56, 7.62 or 5000 rounds of 22 Long Rifle ammo. This is not the same situation as 2009.
The Brave New World
So what’s different about this time? The President is a lame duck, a narcissist and a socialist who intends to dismantle Traditional America. He has utterly nothing to fear from voters. Gun control proponents in Congress see it as the ‘perfect storm’. They’re not particularly worried about their jobs either because since 2006, the only ‘message’ gun owners have sent is that they are Asleep at the Ballot Box.
Congress knows Obama will sign any gun control bill that crosses his desk, regardless of past Supreme Court rulings that would render them unconstitutional. Obama sees this as a minor obstacle. He already named two justices to the top bench — Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — and it is possible he might name two or more in his second term. You can bet they will be equally liberal and that protecting the Second Amendment will NOT be part of the New America they intend to create, via Supreme Court rulings.
Some of us tried to tell you this was going to happen.
What Do It Mean?
We are going to have to face reality- and take a hard look at our priorities. I have an affinity for the 7.62×39 cartridge and the rifles that shoot it. The cartridge is model of design efficiency that gives near 30-30 performance in a compact, easy-feeding package. For decades, it was widely available at prices so low that reloading was out of the question. I can clearly recall buying 20 round boxes of Norinco Chinese FMJ for under a dime a shot; softpoint was marginally more, but still ridiculously cheap. As a wider variety of FMJ and hunting loads became available the price climbed a little. After the 2009 insanity, the price climbed more and in late 2012 I paid $4.99 for Tula FMJ and grumbled, but only a little because it held under 2 MOA in my Romanian AK clone.
At this moment, you can’t find 7.63×39 Tula locally or online. In January I saw Tula FMJ at the Stover, MO Gun Show priced at TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS per box. I’ve seen Tapco AK mags, which I paid $9.00 for in November, priced at FORTY FIVE DOLLARS each at a stocking retailer in the same area. I love the gun and cartridge, but I will not pay scalper prices to keep shooting it. When the ammo becomes as expensive as 30-30 ammo, I’ll go right back to using my Model 94 for everything.
The saddest aspect of this is that the ‘government’ hasn’t outlawed anything! We are doing this to ourselves- and the situation can only get worse, until supply catches up with demand. So the next time you see 7.62×39, .308 or .223 ammo—or for that matter .22 LR ammo–on sale, think twice. Ask yourself how much you have, how much you need and how much you can use.
A little self-control, on a nation-wide basis, might be all it takes to correct this situation. Then we can concentrate on convincing our elected idiots that we are NOT asleep at the ballot box, or willing to sit idly by while they trash those ‘certain inalienable rights’ we used to hear about in school.