Dick Harmon: Dick Harmon: Unprecedented demand has made it hard to buy .22 bullets, other ammunition

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 15, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    one old man:

    I would suggest doing some homework before asking someone else to do it for you.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    June 15, 2013 7:26 p.m.

    President Obama promised to create jobs. Well, he sure did a good job with the weapons and ammo industry. If the NRA doesn't vote him "Salesman of the Year," then they are an ungrateful bunch.

  • prelax Murray, UT
    June 15, 2013 1:12 p.m.


    Homeland security bought over 100 years worth of ammunition. And it wasn't practice rounds, most were hollow point. They are not allowed in war, their only use would be for civilians.

    What are they going to do with them?

  • Moabmom Moab, UT
    June 15, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    Of course there is a high demand for ammo and firearms. Never in my lifetime have I seen an administration or a president that has openly shown such arrogant, open disdain for the rights and beliefs and traditional values of average Americans and for the Constitution as we have now. Neutering or totally eliminating the 2nd amendment is the holy grail for these elitist progressives. As long as we retain the ability to protect ourselves, there power and control is incomplete. That pesky 2nd amendment is the only thing keeping them from toppling the rest of the Constitution and moving us, like Europe, under international law. That is their goal.

  • LittleStream Carson City, NV
    June 15, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    I agree with Ironmomo, although I don't agree with who is responsible. This media frenzy and the deaths by guns have fed right into the NRA and gun industry. Time to raise the prices on guns and ammo, boys!

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    June 15, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    Reload, and make your own bullets. Start buying lead.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    June 15, 2013 7:21 a.m.

    On the issue of 22 ammo shortages I've heard guys in the gun show entrance lines have overstocked on the bullets to sell them on the Internet for $100 or more a brick (500 rds). Some of the shortage is this kind of hoarding but overall the CIA, NSA, and other spy agency's are buying all the ammo bullet makers can make leaving a trickle for consumers. This is a verified and admitted fact from the spy agency's who is also destroying more bullets than they can keep in storage or use, also confirmed.

    Ammo manufactures cannot divulge how many they are selling to government but so many calibers of guns are so uncommon that a hoarder would not bother with trying to supply such a small market and so much cash money on to specialty bullets. Since all calibers in all stores have disappeared its feasible that the presidential regime and its high level of covert contempt for our Bill of Rights he calls terrorist documents and threat to his oppression, its cheaper to remove and destroy the bullets than confiscate all the guns made.

    Where have all the bullets gone? Only the manufacturers know and not saying.

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    June 15, 2013 6:44 a.m.

    Murray, UT

    "No mention of Homeland security buying 1.6 billon bullets and how it caused the shortage?"

    Probably wasn't mentioned because it's a right-wing urban myth. You're confusing government solicitations for bids, used for long-term contracts to purchase ammunition for several agencies over a period of years with an actual purchase, which hasn't been made. The real reason for the shortage is panic buying by right-wing gun owners who are filling their basements with cases of ammo to get ready for armed insurrection if the wrong guy gets elected next time.

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    June 15, 2013 6:12 a.m.

    No mention of Homeland Security buying up ammo ?
    Why ?

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    June 15, 2013 5:42 a.m.

    Belief is only what you can count on or depend on. All the guns and bullets said a lot about our elected.

  • sg newhall, CA
    June 15, 2013 3:15 a.m.

    We live in a police state. This country is not what it used to be. The gun and ammo frenzy has been caused because of the peoples' distrust of this government and especially this corrupt administration. No one believes obama is rightfully the president. No one trusts the tens of thousands of muslims residing in our country. No one wants 11 to 20 million illegals to receive amnesty. This country is becoming a one-party ruled government. The socialist/democrat/communist party is destroying our country, The Constitution and our freedoms thus people are purchasing guns and ammo at an alarming rate. I hope they continue to do so even without government intrusion and scrutiny. What's even sadder is that I don't hear Orrin Hatch speak up against the DHS' actions. Is he now part of the problem?

  • Interloper Portland, OR
    June 15, 2013 12:35 a.m.

    To claim the column is not 'political,' when its premise is Americans are so angry about President Obama being reelected they are stocking up on guns and ammunition is disingenuous.

    It should be noted that all of the sources are either gun and ammunition sellers or a Right Wing opinion site (CNSNews). The ATF confirms background checks are up, but it also confirms that most buyers of guns are people who already own multiple guns. In fact, only about 30% of American households own guns currently. The proportion has been falling for years. That means gun sellers must sell that second, sixth or sixteenth gun to someone who already is armed. Encouraging fear is a way to achieve that goal. Meanwhile, President Obama's approval rating remains above 50%.

    What will become of these stockpiles of weapons? Largely, they will gather dust. Since the Feds are not coming for much of anyone, they will not be used. Unfortunately, some of those newly armed or multiple weapon households will experience homicides and suicides with a lethal means more handy.

  • prairie mom Wichita, KS
    June 14, 2013 9:24 p.m.

    One old man, documentation of what? That DHS bought 1.6 billion bullets, or that it caused a shortage? Because DHS has publicly admitted to that purchase. Given the number of potential threats to our right to bear arms and our freedom on the whole, I'm not a bit surprised by the rush and subsequent shortage.

  • Ironmomo Ogden, Utah
    June 14, 2013 8:37 p.m.

    President Obama has done more for the gun and ammunition industry than anyone can imagine.
    Gun and ammunition purchases are skyrocketing.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    June 14, 2013 8:10 p.m.

    I haven't heard hate radio since I left California. It was crazy the stuff al sharp ton would say on the radio. I would've bought a lot of guns and ammo had I stayed there. Scary hate speech.

    I just listen to Espn, Glenn beck and local commentators now. Much better and I don't feel scared like it need to go arm myself to the brink.

    I did listen to some speeches from some democratic congressmen (and a congresswoman too), and that scared me. If I hear speeches like that saying they should ban nearly all firearms, I wlll definitely buy a lot, because it is only the stupid person who thinks that they would stop once they eliminate the second ammendment. The first really wouldn't be far behind.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2013 7:05 p.m.

    It's not a fear of losing gun rights...

    We're getting ready for the zombie apocolypse!!!

    Just wait until the movie "World War Z" opens, then everyone will be buying guns!!!

    Oh and remember the machete! Good for close quarters self defense.

    (Now watch the machete sales go through the roof)

    By the way folks, the .22 is not a good Zombie killer round.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 14, 2013 6:49 p.m.

    Prelax, let's see some solid documentation of that claim.

    On the other hand, isn't hate radio fueled paranoia FUN?

  • prelax Murray, UT
    June 14, 2013 5:29 p.m.

    No mention of Homeland security buying 1.6 billon bullets and how it caused the shortage?