According to Reuters, in the first two months of 2009, around 2.5 million Americans bought guns, a 26 percent increase over the same period in 2008. Gun dealers report this rise in sales to be a consequence of fear of social unrest as the ailing economy pushes the newly destitute deeper into misery.
Some say it began with the election of President Barack Obama. Others say it’s about the economic downturn or fear of crime. Whatever the reasons, ammunition has been selling like plywood and bottled water in the days before a hurricane.
Eleanor Duckwall’s blog on the nationwide ammunition shortage that has hit the U.S. provides a comprehensive review of the various possible reasons for the ammunition shortage, which may include:
- An increase in the size and number of paramilitary police units
- An increase in the use of “patrol carbines” in law enforcement
- Fears of draconian gun and ammunitions restrictions
- Economic instability
- US, Canada and European Governments Actively Preparing for Widescale Civil Unrest?
- US gun sales on increase (Financial Times)
- Gun dealers experiencing shortages of bullets (Orlando Sentinel)
- Gun Sales Soar in United States
- Obama Driving Surge in Gun Sales, Firearms Groups Say
- Smith & Wesson, Ruger shares explode
- CBS News Report –