Saturday, September 26, 2009

DeFacto Gun Control

From the self-fulfilling prophecy department....

There was much talk earlier this year amongst the Internet media about the unprecedented demand for gun ammunition; mostly .40 and .38 caliber bullets. The general consensus seems to be Oh My God! Look at all those Liberal Democrats in the Congress and the White House. There gonna ban guns and ammo for sure or The country's falling apart, its everyman for themselves! Buy guns and as much ammo as you can afford and then buy more just in case.

These dire predictions, initially began appearing in late February 2009. Now in September,2009 there are Internet media reports indicating that either the shortage is continuing or that it is easing.

My point in all of this? Hoarding ammunition and over buying resulted in at least nine months of an ammunition shortage that effectively acted as gun control legislation. All the dire predictions over impending government action and law-making against hand guns, their ammo and other firearms effectively used economics to limit a gun owner's ability to purchase and provision their arms.

One would hope that the supporters of gun rights would educate their constituents about the economics of the situation so that they do not impose this inadvertant form of gun control on themselves.

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