Jewish World Review April 5, 2013/ 25 Nissan, 5773
By Greg Crosby
Even the police departments around the country have been hurt by the ammunition shortage. Some police departments have been bartering among each other in order to get the necessary ammo for their cops. Police Chief Cameron Arthur of Jenks, Oklahoma says, "Ammunition and assault weapons in general have skyrocketed. In addition to the fact, not only is it a lot more expensive, but the time to get it could be six months to a year, or in some cases even longer."
Arthur says he is waiting on an order placed last October and that many departments have begun to trade and barter with each other because of the high demand. "Most police departments are having a very difficult time even getting the necessary ammunition for handguns, shotguns and especially rifles," Arthur said. "With the delay in ammunition, some departments are limiting the number of rounds they carry in their handgun because of the shortage of ammunition. We get to the point where it is difficult to have enough ammo to train and also equip the officers."
Meanwhile, Rep. Timothy Huelskamp (R-Kansas) says the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has failed to respond to multiple members of Congress asking why DHS bought more than 1.6 billion rounds in the past year. What does Homeland Security need with so much ammo? Some say this is a deliberate attempt to stockpile ammunition by the government and keep it out of the hands of citizens. They may not be able to confiscate everyone's guns yet, but what good is a gun if you can't get bullets for it?
And the debate over gun control and the Second Amendment goes on. If you happen to be on the fence over this issue, you might consider the following facts:
1. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year -- or about 6,850 times a day. This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives.
2. Of the 2.5 million times citizens use their guns to defend themselves every year, the overwhelming majority merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8% of the time, a citizen will kill or wound his/her attacker.
3. As many as 200,000 women use a gun every year to defend themselves against sexual abuse.
4. Armed citizens kill more crooks than do the police. Citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as police do every year (1,527 to 606). And as reported by Newsweek, "only 2 percent of civilian shootings involved an innocent person mistakenly identified as a criminal. The 'error rate' for the police, however, was 11 percent, more than five times as high."
And you might want to take the following true story into account as well:
The Washington Times ran this story on April 8th. A father who was trying to eat with his family at Burger King was able to defeat an armed robber by pulling his own weapon and shooting at him, according to Miami police. It was at the height of lunch time, about 1 p.m., when a would-be robber walked into a Burger King, flashed his gun at one of the family diners, and demanded the diner hand over money and valuables, police said in a CBS report. The robber was exiting when the father, who feared for his and his family's life, took out his own gun and shot the suspect in the leg.
The suspect then fled in his Ford F-150. Police later found him - 36-year-old Travis Harris - and the driver of the truck, 38-year-old Ramon Smalls, at a gas station down the road, CBS said. The pair was linked to another robbery of a woman that took place earlier that day, Harris was taken to the hospital for treatment and was charged with three counts of armed robbery, police said.
And the there's this, from a recent interview in Time Magazine. Famous poet and Obama supporter Maya Angelou recalled a time in her life when she fired a gun to scare off an intruder. "I do like to have guns around," she told Time's Belinda Luscombe when asked if she shared her mother's fondness for firearms. "I don't like to carry them, but I like - if somebody is going to come into my house and I have not put out the welcome mat, I want to stop them." "Have you ever fired a weapon?" the interviewer asked. "Of course!" Angelou affirmed. But will she ever be able to buy bullets for her guns anymore?
Well, maybe she can persuade her pal, Barack, to send her some.
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© 2008, Greg Crosby