The fear of ammunition shortages by gun owners is real, but the question arises whether it is justified. Just this week when I arrived at work at an office in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, and signed in, the on-duty security guard at the front desk asked me if I had heard of the ammunition shortage. When I replied that I hadn’t he assured me that it was so and that it was because Obama was going to limit sales of ammunition.
He told me that he had called around to a number of places where ammunition was sold and had located some and as soon as he was off work, he would go buy all he could.
But are there really ammunition shortages, and if there are, is it Obama’s fault?
It appears that the ammunition shortage is real. But the cause is not due to any enacted policy or law restricting the sale of ammunition. The shortage in ammunition has more to do with the surge in gun sales over the last several months as gun owners began to worry about a Barrack Obama Presidency combined with a Democratically controlled Congress.
As reported in the Arkansas Traveler. Phil Ezell, the owner of Ozark Sportsman Supply said that “this year sales are up by about a third of what they normally would be. He went on to say that, “Obama is the most anti-gun person who’s ever been near the White House.”
The surge in gun sales is not limited to Arkansas. It is a national phenomena.
What has Obama said or done that might worry gun owners?
In the Philadelphia Presidential Debate Barack Obama said, “As a general principle, I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms. But just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can’t constrain the exercise of that right, in the same way that we have a right to private property but local governments can establish zoning ordinances that determine how you can use it.”
He also said in the debate, “I think we can provide common-sense approaches to the issue of illegal guns that are ending up on the streets. We can make sure that criminals don’t have guns in their hands. We can make certain that those who are mentally deranged are not getting a hold of handguns. We can trace guns that have been used in crimes to unscrupulous gun dealers that may be selling to straw purchasers and dumping them on the streets.”
While these statements might not appear to justify the fear held by gun owners, they do indicate his belief in at least limited gun control. Gun owners fear that his true intentions have been masked as he tried to appeal to more voters to get elected. And as gun owners have continued to buy up guns and ammo before Obama takes office, they have created a self fulfilled prophesy of an ammunition shortage.
2008 Philadelphia primary debate, on eve of the Pennsylvania primary Apr 16, 2008
Arkansas Traveler, University of Arkansas | Fayetteville