The ammo shortage is something that we’ve been talking about for a while, but it seems the mainstream Media has finally picked up on the problem. In fact, the headline article running on Drudge right now is COPS BEG AND BARTER FOR AMMO.
It may shock some to hear this, but as we’ve been reporting for the last couple of months, this country in the middle of a major ammo shortage. The problem is so bad that CNSNews is reporting, law enforcement agencies around the country are cutting back on their training exercises to conserve ammo, and some have even resorted to begging for ammo.
Many police departments have begun to trade and barter with each other because of the high demand.
Police Chief Cameron Arthur of Jenks, Oklahoma told CNSNews, “Most police departments are having a very difficult time even getting the necessary ammunition for handguns, shotguns and especially rifles”…”With the delay in ammunition, some departments are limiting the number of rounds they carry in their handgun because of the shortage of ammunition. We get to the point where it is difficult to have enough ammo to train and also equip the officers.”
What’s causing the Shortage?
I believe a perfect storm of stupidity, fear, and government abuse has created a situation that’s causing chaos in the ammunition industry.
First, we have the Department of Homeland security buying up at least 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition; some reports suggest that number may be much higher. This, combined with the purchase of thousands of Urban Assault MRAP’s (armored personnel carriers) has created fear that DHS may be preparing for wide scale civil unrest.
This fear has led millions of people, most of whom have never even owned until now, to jump into the market and buy up unprecedented amounts of guns and ammunition. This surge of buyers has created a situation where hundreds of people are actually lining up in the front of stores like, Bass Pro and Cabala’s, hoping to find Ammo.
It’s actually pretty crazy to see hundreds of men lined up, hours before these stores even open, on the off chance the store may have received a shipment on ammunition.
The second problem is the resellers. The market has brought out the sharks, and we now have hoards of people looking to take advantage of the situation. Website like Gunbroker, an Ebay type site for gun buyers, have been flooded by people charging five to ten times what this ammo is actually worth. Sadly, a lot of unprepared people are willing to pay these ridiculous prices, which is helping fuel the fire, and drive prices even higher.
Is there a Takeaway here?
Well, hopefully you listened to us and stocked up years ago, if you did then this current crisis probably isn’t really affecting you. But I do think this should be a wake up call to every American, including those that think they’re prepared.
YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT PREPARED FOR WHAT’S COMING.
Why do I say this? Because in my opinion, the ammo problem is just glimpse at what’s to come. Think about it, the people buying the ammo are still a small minority of the country. Most Americans are not gun owners, and even among gun owners very few realize there’s even a problem. In fact, most of the gun owners I’ve talked to were shocked to hear they could no longer find ammo.
So if the few people who have figured out there’s a problem have managed to make it impossible to find ammo, what do you think would happen to this country if there was a problem with the food supply?
Everyone needs food; let me repeat that, everyone needs food! If the ammo supplies can be wiped out, by what really amounts to a handful of people when compared to those who buy food, what do you think the grocery stores will look like during a major food shortage or crisis?
There would be riots in the streets; and that’s probably majorly understating what would happen! Most Americans are not prepared to survive a food shortage or crisis; they simply don’t have the skills, or the supplies, necessary to survive for more than a couple days without food and water.
Now is the time to be Prepared
I don’t care how prepared you think you are, I urge you to really analyze your situation; analyze what’s going on in the world; look at what’s happening with the ammo; look at what’s happening is Cyprus; and ask yourself, how prepared am I?
If this same situation were to hit the food markets, the energy markets, or any other sector in this country, how long are you really prepared to survive without those goods and services? How long could you feed your family with your current supplies?
This isn’t about fear; it’s about the reality of the situation we find ourselves in.
Some, even those in the preparedness community, seem to scoff at those of us who talk about these subjects. They seem to think we should stick to talking about emergency preparedness in relation to earthquakes and natural disasters. While I 100% agree that preparing for these types of events is of the utmost importance, especially for those living in these danger zones, to overlook what’s happening in our world would be irresponsible on my part.
If you’re living in fear, then you’re not prepared. I don’t deal in fear, I don’t promote fear, and I don’t suggest you partake in it. What I do suggest, is living in reality and looking at what’s really going on through skeptical, but analytical eyes.
Ask questions, analyze the situation, and don’t take anything at face value – especially if it’s coming from the mainstream media. Remember these people are not in the information business, they’re in the entertainment business. They don’t deal in reality, they deal in entertaining people so they continue to watch their shows.
What it all comes down to is protecting your loved ones; in the end that’s all that’s really important, and it should be the driving factor behind any type of preparedness. Preparedness means, taking the steps you need to take to ensure the safety and security of those you love.
So how Prepared are you?