Friday, September 13, 2013

Big bang theory

There's a lot of discussion in various locations where hunters and shooters collect about the cause of the ammunition shortages that have plagued these very same hunters and shooters.  Some people have claimed Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States, the proverbial worst nightmare for many of those hunters and shooters, is buying up all that ammunition at the direction of his boss (this man) because they couldn't ram gun control down the, err, throats of all those people who don't like having stuff down their throats.  Others have speculated about the UN, or Nancy Pelosi, or the usual half-baked arguments about inconsistent state regulations.

Most of the shortage, though, is in specific calibers, mostly what's known as 22LR, which is the stuff that goes into both the old single-shot 22 sitting on top of the doorway on the old farmstead that the farmer uses to keep the coyotes from the coop, and the 50-round drum magazines in the AR-15 copies that have proliferated across the nation like African killer bees.

And so here I propose another reason for the ammunition shortage.  You might think, having read some of my stuff, that I'm going to accuse the ammunition companies of creating a shortage so they can jack up the price.  Its not for nothing that Adam Smith said
People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.
But no, as much as the ammunition manufacturers might be colluding on the shortage of 22LR and other popular calibers, much of which has suddenly and mysteriously become available all across the land, I have a much better theory.

I think this guy is using it all:

He goes through probably 500 rounds in that two minute clip; imagine what he must do in the course of a day.

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