The main ammunition store in my small Western town is nearly sold out of its ammo supply after concerned gun owners bought nearly every box of the shelves as part of the Covid-19 purchasing craze. The store owner said that retailers won’t be able to restock their shelves, as America relies on ammunition made in China.
Smelting plants overseas have been shut down by the global coronavirus pandemic, and lead (a main component of bullets) is unavailable. Domestic manufacturers might have some supply left to send to stores, but they won’t be able to rebuild their reserves. Reloading supplies are also hard to find.
When asked how long the ammunition drought would affect Americans, the store owner said that it took suppliers and retailers three years to catch up with demand after the Obama administration’s ammo regulations and tightened laws resulting from the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012. He said this situation is much worse than that.
My husband and I stocked up on ammunition for our firearms just before the regional stores sold out. We have three small children to protect and feed, and those two goals can be effectively met with a firearm, if worse comes to worst. I hope the supply side of the grocery industry levels out soon, but just in case it doesn’t, I’m reassured to know that we can procure our own meat.
We also developed our own personal reserves of firepower so that we can defend ourselves. That is a worse-case scenario that we’ve never experienced before, but we’ve also never experienced business closures and cancellations of public events, sport seasons, and schools of the current magnitude, either.
Our nation has been in a state of emergency, which gives the government the right to invoke martial law if necessary. If that happens, I definitely do not want to be an unarmed family subjected to forcible control by an armed military.
So far, major American cities have not been placed in as strict a lockdown situation as those taking place in Italy and France. Italian officials fly drones over city streets looking for people who unlawfully outdoors.
Drone surveillance was also used in China, where police officers physically subdued some citizens who were not wearing medical face masks and forced the people to wear them as part of the government’s Covid-19 suppression efforts.
Other videos show Chinese homes being welded shut with a metal barricade as police force citizens into compliance if they are supposed to self-isolate due to coronavirus concerns but chose not to.
That all seems too wild to happen in America, but a bar in the Midwest didn’t close its doors to the public after ordered to do so by city officials as part of a large-scale closure of public gathering places. In response, police padlocked the door shut. This is legal when the nation is operating in a state of national emergency.
When faced with an uncertain future, it’s best to depend on yourself and your own abilities to care for yourself and your family. We often look to the government for help and support in times of crisis, but ultimately, our fate is in our hands.
Ammunition will be hard – likely impossible – to obtain for the foreseeable future, so let’s be citizens who work with our federal government, but also one that is wisely armed in case we need to defend ourselves from our protector.