Saturday, May 15, 2010

Still Can't Get Ammo? The Cops Have It

Militarizing the local police should be a much bigger issue... enforcement agencies nationwide embraced civilian versions of the military M4 selective-fire carbine as a long arm suitable for engaging heavily armed and armored felons beyond pistol range with greater precision and stopping power. This focus on deploying carbines only intensified after the 9/11 terror attacks, as agencies began preparing to deal with potential terrorist threats as well as criminal acts. SWAT and ERT teams first used these weapons, but they quickly spread to supervisors, and within a few years, officers and deputies. They are now euphemistically known as a “patrol rifles” and carried as a standard-issue long arm in patrol cars around the nation (even on some university campuses).

The widespread use of patrol rifles among law enforcement and the possibility of terrorism meant an increase in range time for many officers using their duty sidearms, and an almost entirely new law enforcement market for 9mm, 40 S&W, and 5.56 NATO/.223 Remington caliber carbines. When combined with China gobbling up core ammunition components such as brass, copper, and lead for their exploding industry, the shortage was simply explained by a massive increase in demand that has yet to let up.

That's the largest 'black hole' for ammo. Second?

...demand only escalated as a result of the recession and the 2008 election. President Obama is no friend of the Second Amendment, which caused gun owners to stock up on firearms and ammunition in fear that the administration would push for a restoration of failed gun control laws that expired during the Bush administration. The economic instability of the recession and a resurgent acceptance of shooting sports also created many first-time gun buyers, many of whom developed into avid shooters who use significant amounts of ammunition.

A very interesting remark from a manufacturer:

Our information and research tells us that the increased demand is global, not just domestic, and the demand is still increasing further.


HT: ConYank


jimspice said...

I challenge you to name a single thing the president has done that might be considered anti-gun. The only gun related bill he has signed into law has been to allow carry in national parks.

I don't get it.

Dad29 said...

Well.......if you want my real thought on this......

He's done nothing. Nada. Zero. Zip--in the way of challenging gun rights.

I suspect that he will try something through regulation, as the Heller decision was only the beginning of a series of cases which will broaden gun-rights. The City of Chicago is next up, and that's likely to result in 'incorporation' for the 2A.

It's not really Obama, per se. There's more to it, and it's amorphous. If I were to say that there's a Bad Moon on the rise, it would express my thought without really saying anything, right? But there's a Bad Moon on the rise.

Confluence of rotten economy, a VERY (D) national government, perception that crime, or riot, or insurrection is possible. None of them, singly, (except, perhaps, some ObamaGunRegs) would occasion the shopping spree we see, and I don't think there are measures out there--maybe 'consumer confidence,' but that doesn't really grab the numbers I'm looking for.

Anonymous said...

The practical dangers are found in the confluence of adherants to dad's group think paranoia who act on their impending victimization, such as the tea party air force captain in Texas attacking the IRS or the open-carry crusader in Milwaukee.

Most folks recognize this nonsense for what it is, but then again we aren't the ones he's trying to stir into violent action.

Dad29 said...

Anony, if you could read the newspapers, you'd find that the IRS dive-bomber was a Bush-hating left-influenced wackjob. Try those newspapers some day....

As to the nutjob in Milwaukee: IF what we read in the newspapers is accurate, he's going exactly where he belongs, for quite some time.

That crap is not tolerable, period.