Buying lots of X is a sure way to INCREASE the supply of X. Even the gubmint has figured that out.
I wonder why they need so much too, but "taking it off the market so the people can't buy it" is not the reason.
Right now, it’s working in reverse. The DHS commits to buy how many billions of rounds of 9mm and you can’t find 9mm anywhere (although, CTD has a 50 rd box of foreign stuff for $69-it was $79, for example), when and if Walmart gets it and you’re lucky enough to be there you get it for $15 per 50 rds.
One explanation I read of the unusually high number of rounds used by DHS is that they allow boxes of ammo to be carried off by their agents for personal practice on their own time. If the military were to do that all hell would break loose.
In fact, it sounds like a neat little revenue source for agents who would play the system.
It also sounds like a neat little way to be unaccountable and ship large quantities of rounds to “Fast and Furious” type operations.
That is why the ammo industry is very slow to react to these events. They have seen quite a few bubbles, and know the down side could kill them.
So the FedGov can, for the medium term, cause a massive hit to the supply of ammo. IF this was meant to be a political tactic, they will do this to limit ammo supplies before a ban.
Notice that is a big IF.
Bullets are those little thingies launched by a firearms that travel through the air until they impact a target or eventually just fall to the ground.
A cartridge consists of a shellcase, primer, propellant powder and a bullets. Multiple cartridges are known as ammunition. The government purchases ammunition.
Bullets are to cartridges as flour is to bread as cement is to concrete, etc. When will they ever learn the terminology?
In terms of the current ammo shortage; it doesn't exist because of government purchases or ammo manufacturers making record quantities. It exists because of excessive purchases by civilian consumers buying far more than they need, for all kinds of absurd reasons.
We have met the enemy - it is us.
Can someone explain why we mostly argue about what is the source of the “shortages”? Is it the federales insatiable buying or is it US, buying all we can get our hands on? And we go on and on this way.
When I want to know what gives, with the federales using our tax dollars as well as money borrowed from China, et al, to stockpile armaments and ammo.
WHY are they doing it?
WHERE IS THEIR AUTHORITY FOR DOING IT??
WHAT ARE THEIR CLAIMED ANSWERS?
WHAT IS THE REAL TRUTH???
And in connection with my previous post, I have this thought: How dare we let them get away with doing this without their having to answer to anyone, while at the same time we are fighting an attempt to “background check” us into obliteration of our rights, under cover of law.
We have a great story to tell, and we’re not telling it. On the one hand we have the federales wanton buying and stockpiling, with no control or answers, on the other hand we’re being attacked with attempts to make US answerable for each little transaction we as individuals make. HUH??
Am I getting through to anyone out there?
The two things should be linked: Hey Manchin, Toomney, Schumer, DIFI, et al, stop the federales from doing this, investigate them for doing it, make them answerable, shut them down, etc etc, and leave us the **** alone.
If what we’re doing is Constitutional and as I suspect, what they’re doing isn’t, then STOP ignoring them and STOP harassing us!!!
Expansion in ammunition production is not happening much because of the regulations legislated and enforced by the political/regulator class. The AMMO Act would also have the effect of muzzling the contemporary paradigm of campaigns of hysteria and panic unleashed by spoiled hags running useless offices obese with debt/revenues. Besides, there’s no shortage of demand.