Even in Marin, people are stocking up on ammo

Big 5 is a sporting chain that spreads across the 12 western states.  It has a couple of stores in Marin County.  I went into one a few days ago and saw this notice posted on the front door:

Sign re ammunition in window at Big 5 Sporting Goods

If you’re reading this on a small screen it says:

Due to unprecedented demand for ammunition, we are limiting sales to five (5) boxes of ammunition per SKU per customer, excluding Game and Target Shot Shells.

This limit will help us accommodate more customers with the limited amounts of ammunition currently available.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

Others have noticed the run on ammunition.  At Power Line, John Hinderaker calls Obama the “Ammo Salesman”.  Jokingly, he refers to Obama’s unlikely claim that he’s been shooting skeet like crazy up at Camp David to explain the ammo shortage.  More seriously, though, Hinderaker adds that “There is something seriously wrong when Americans have to stand in line to buy ammo.”

One of the things that goes with shortages is price increases.  It occurred to me, therefore, that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has suggested that banks refuse to loan money to gun manufacturers, has it (per usual) bass ackwards.  At this rate, those who manufacture guns and ammo are going to find themselves a whole lot richer than the banks — and more power to them.  (Although I hope that their civic spirit prevents them from price gouging and encourages them, instead, to use any excess profits to further support the Second Amendment.)

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  • jj

    Cheaper Than Dirt still has good availability on most stuff, except of course .223 Rem for your AR-15 assault weapon.  That’s obviously very hot right now.  They’re mostly out of stock on it at the moment, though I notice it’s trickling back in.  They’ve held the line on prices, too, which is a clear indication that so have the manufacturers.  (CTD’s big enough that they don’t play with middlemen, their relationships tend to be direct with the factories.) 
    And, on an unrelated note, wouldn’t it be nice if someone – anyone! – at BIG 5 possessed a sufficient grasp of English to know it should be: “OWING to unprecedented demand…” instead of the more usual and invariably incorrect “due to…”  (In fact, 95% of the time we encounter “due to,” it should be “owing to.”)  Oh, well – I suppose no one in North America cares about that except me.  Bitch, bitch, bitch…

  • Mike Devx

    continuing jj’s tangential complaint about “due to”…
    Thanks, JJ!  Because of (owing to?) your comment, I learned something today.  I had to look up the cause of your complaint, because I did not know the difference.  I found this grammar explanation:
    Due to” means “caused by.” It should be used only if it can be substituted with “caused by.” It does not mean the same as “because of.”
    It appears “due to” should only be used in limited circumstances such as, “The flooding was due to the nine inches of rain that fell overnight.”

  • Spartacus

    “Mr. Emanuel can’t force the banks to comply, and so far, CEOs haven’t responded, the Boston Globe reports.

    But the Chicago pol did just convince city officials to divest $5 billion in pension fund investments from companies that manufacture guns.

    And that effort is reverberating among states. New York and California have both halted pension investments in companies that do business with the gun industry, according to various media reports.”
    So, this is pure conjecture, but does anyone else wonder if Chicago isn’t just doing the “buy low, sell high” thing?  After all, with its longstanding, rabid hostility to firearms, what on Earth was the City of Chicago doing with [*cough, cough*] $5 billion invested in firearms manufacturers in the first place?
    There are different ways to structure legislation.  You can write it so that it’s bold, and takes no prisoners, and sends your political base into Obasms of ecstasy.  Or you can do what the Left usually does, and quietly, subtly slip in provisions here and there for this and that — obscure subsections of unrelated bills with arcane and soporific subheadings — and march the ball steadily downfield in a Fabian manner, ratcheting ever leftward.  The former shores up and fires up the base, and allows for lots of demagoguery and fundraising when the other side objects; the latter actually gets signed into law.
    The DiFi bill seems much more like the first type, and indeed, they’re already lowering expectations of actual passage.  And the executive orders are mostly yawners.  So really, not much is likely to change. And yet, all of the build-up had the predictable effect on the market.  Any Dem insider who knew, “This mass killing will be the one on which we finally make a grand show of trying to get rid of guns, before consolidating our rhetorical gains and quitting the field” would stand to make a killing (financially).  Possibly through stocks, for the publicly-held manufacturers, or something less obvious in the case of privately-held ones.
    And this wouldn’t exactly be out of character for these folks.  The “Stimulus”?  A giant, Chicago-style political payback scheme and slush fund largely aimed at bailing out blue state governments and their public sector unions.  Digital medical records?  Conveniently slipped into the “Stimulus” to benefit a couple of companies owned by generous Dem donors.  Green energy?  Venture socialism which magically happened to transfer billions of taxpayer dollars to generous Dem donors.  The list goes on and on and on.
    It’s just conjecture, and I doubt I would have the time and research skills to prove anything, but it wouldn’t surprise me a bit.
    Welcome to Chicago.

  • Texan99

    That’s wonderful:  the banks punish the gun manufacturers by refusing to lend them money.  The banks will find themselves wishing they could get solvent gun manufacturers to invest in them when they’re about to fail (yes, banks need stockholders, too).  Ditto for pension funds.  I can imagine the fund manager trying to decide whether to put the money into bank stock or gun manufacturers.

  • weathtd

    That’s why I laugh at the “buy gold” mantra.  After a full economic collapse or EMP event, gold will be worthless.  What value it may retain is cancelled out by my ammo.  Gold will not buy food when the economy tanks and half the population starves because they don’t know how to feed themselves and their families.  Invest in ammunition!

  • jj

    And put away at least a year’s worth of food, too.  Doesn’t have to be elaborate, doesn’t have to be designed for the purpose, doesn’t need a guaranteed 20-year shelf life: plenty of cans will do.  Most canned stuff will go 12 – 15 years right out of the supermarket, and that’ll cover you.