By Kara Link
TRUTH BROADCAST NETWORK
August 11, 2012
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) urged on her fellow members of Congress on Thursday to pass “common sense’ legislation to protect people and law enforcement. She spoke about the need for passage of the “Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act” as a first step in regulating ammo sales to private citizens. The congresswoman said in light of two recent mass-shootings — one in Aurora, Colorado, the other in Oak Creek, Wisconsin — there is a need to control the number of boxes of ammo being sold to private citizens.
Anxious citizens have been purchasing larger than usual amounts of ammo since 2008 anticipating a change in the laws and regulations of ammunition and ammo purchases, according to the Internet organization Ammo Alert in a Facebook entry on Aug. 8, 2012.
Overall, ammunition manufacturers have reported their factories are producing ammunition at record rates and keeping their facilities operating 24/7. Yet, they still cannot keep up with the demand for bullets for everything from handguns to hunting rifles.
Gun store owners and manufacturers claim they have never seen such a drastic shortage in ammunition. “I haven’t witnessed such a situation in all my years as a gun owner, hunter and cop,” said Edna Aquino, a New York police officer and shooting instructor.
“I’m hearing from fellow shooters that they are stockpiling ammunition these days because they are afraid of what they’re seeing in this country,” she said. “There is fear that the so-called gun-control establishment may target ammunition purchases rather than guns,” she added.
In addition to the problem of ammunition scarcity, gun owners must contend with rising prices making it more costly to visit firing ranges. There are even retailers who are limiting the number of boxes a buyer may purchase. As a result, buyers are searching for gun stores that will allow them to purchase cases of ammo to be stockpiled in their homes, according to gun rights experts. Others are turning to the Internet so they’re not limited to one geographic area for their purchases, they say.
Why are Americans scrambling to purchase guns and ammunition in record numbers? Many say it’s their fear of the political climate in the United States.
Jan Norton, a teacher in New Jersey and lifelong target shooter, believes that ammo sales started climbing when a report issued by the Homeland Security Department identified pro-life, pro-gun, anti-government Americans as potential terrorists.
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