Since the massacre of 20 small children and six adults in the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012, millions of people have been prompted to rush out and buy not only more guns, but thousands of rounds of ammunition for these newly purchased firearms.
Some people are asking me why there's now a new shortage of .22 Long Rifle Rimfire ammunition.
About three weeks ago, these people were telling me there is no .22 rimfire ammo in any of the stores in Randolph County. At first I thought this was just a little farfetched to agree with. A few days later, I was in one of the local pawn shops to check this out. The proprietor had plenty of .22 Shorts and Longs, but no Long Rifle. The next day just out of plain curiosity, I called the Walmart store in Elkins and asked if they had any .22 Long Rifle ammunition. The sporting goods clerk told me they had been sold out for several days, and he had no idea when they would be getting any .22 Long Rifle ammunition in.
For the past two months, I know people have been buying such calibers like .223 Remington, 7.62 x 39 Russian, 308 Winchester, and 9 mm Luger at premium prices. I more or less expected this, because here are the cartridges these high-selling military-styled firearms are chambered for.
After doing some research on the Internet, a few people are saying this new shortage of .22LR ammo is only an artificial panic that will blow over in just a matter of time. I would certainly would like for this to be the "down to earth" of the situation.
Others are saying that people are getting ready for the massive civil unrest that is coming and will be greater than what it was in the 1960s. Now, just thinking about this is somewhat frightening. I remember well the riots that took place in the Los Angeles, Watts area, in 1965. There was also considerable rioting going on in such places as Detroit, Milwaukee and Washington, D.C., during this decade. It all turned out to be a winless situation for all involved and/or close by. Thousands of innocent people who wanted no part of the rioting ended up having their property burned, looted, and destroyed during all this unrest.
However, during the 1990s in the Los Angeles area, there was massive rioting just after the Rodney King trial. Hundreds of citizens were able to take up arms against these lawless mobs and defend themselves, their families, their property, and freedom. It is well documented when people called the police for protection, they were told, "we don't have the personnel to get to your location . . . you are on your own."
The size and the large number of mobs were just too much for local law enforcement to subdue. This boils down to the hard fact that the National Rifle Association Chief Spokesman, Wayne LaPierre, was right when he said this past December in so many works, what stops bad people with guns are good people with guns.
Over the years, I have done a good bit of small game hunting with .22 rimfire rifles and pistols. I have taken hundreds of squirrels, several groundhogs, along with a few rabbits, grouse, foxes, skunks, and a wild turkey with a .22 rifle using .22LR high-speed, hollow-point bullets. This round is deadly on small game or for that matter live tissue, out as far as 75 yards. This tiny bullet tears a large gaping hole that is much larger than its diameter.
I just hope this sudden shortage of .22LR ammunition does not lead to other shortages, like shotgun ammunition. If this happens, we could very easily end up having a domino effect with shortages in all centerfire sporting and target ammunition. This will be followed by shortages of reloading components and reloading tools.
Let's hope this sudden shortage is artificial and will blow over soon.