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The only thing that stops a good guy with a gun is Obama buying up all the ammo. And long lines.
by Barry Friedman
Why can't stores keep ammunition in stock?
Probably has to do with the arrant bullshit coming from the NRA about how the government is coming to confiscate the guns.

I digress.

To be fair, the question was posed before Monday's shooting at the Naval Shipyard in Washington D.C, and I'd like to think, even in Oklahoma, the representative who asked wouldn't have done so today.

On the other hand, this is Oklahoma, this is one of the kookier state reps, so I wouldn't bet even half the money in my pockets against half the money in your pockets.

State Representative Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, (now that he's done proofreading the Ten Commandments), says he's worried about the shortage of bullets and rounds in the state and believes he knows what the problem is.

He’s talked to manufacturers who say they are working 24/7 to keep up with the demand so he says it has to be either federal restrictions or hoarding.
All right, so maybe not the most exhaustive investigation.

Again, I digress.

“I think it’s all of the above. "I just want to get to the bottom of it, because I have never seen a shortage in my recent history when you go to Walmart and the shelves are barren and they ration them."
Ritze says he's heard from his constituents about the long lines and the lack of ammo in several Green Country stores and decided to take action.
His letter to Walmart and Academy stores in his district ask the retailers if the ammo shortage is a national problem or a local one.
And pity the poor ammunition seller.
"We've even, as a small shop, had to ration 100 rounds per customer, per day."
Long lines, only 100 rounds per customer? Well, fu*k, there goes the Republic, because what's the point of having 270-million guns in this country, if folks don't have enough ammo to play "bang-bang" with the kids?

Ritze does admit he sees light at the end of the firing range.

"I have seen a little bit, but it's not anything that I can say that we're seeing a turnaround yet."
But if the situation isn't resolved to his satisfaction, he will take action.
Ritze said depending on the response from the retailers, he may call for legislative hearings at the State Capitol during the next legislative session.
And this is how we waste our time in Oklahoma.

Two weeks ago, the state legislature held a special session--yes, special session--to handle tort reform, which will only benefit the insurance lobby and, now, Ritze wants to hold hearings to find out where the bullets are.

Wait! I hear a giant sucking sound.

Yesterday, the Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 92-0 to approve House Bill 1004, authored by state Representative T.W. Shannon (R-62) and state Senators Brian Bingman (R-3) and Anthony Sykes (R-24).  HB 1004 contains critical protections against attempts to bankrupt the American firearms industry through erroneous lawsuits that would threaten the availability of firearms to consumers. The NRA thanks all state Representatives who voted for this critical protection of the Second Amendment.
Hard to decide if it's the audacity, gullibility, or mendacity that's most depressing.

NRA, Mike Ritze, News on Six

Originally posted to News From The Plains. All This Red Can Make You Blue on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 04:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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Comment Preferences

  •  this is part of critical thinking.... (4+ / 0-)
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    vuzvilla, johnel, Kimbeaux, myboo

    is it logical, in a sequester, that the Federal government is buying up all the ammunition?  In fact, all those new gun owners are shooting more and using up the ammunition.

    You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

    by murrayewv on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 04:13:34 AM PDT

  •  "Oooooooklahoma........ (9+ / 0-)

    .....where the guns come strafing down the plains!" ; )


    "Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"

    by Dood Abides on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 04:14:34 AM PDT

  •  I know were some of it goes. (8+ / 0-)

    One of my neighbors has a sandpit where he and his buddies spend every weekend playing bang bang. At times it sounds like a war just over the hill. Among other things, they have a .50 cal belt-feed machine gun, the Rat Patrol gun. Last weekend they filled a car with explosives and shot it til it blew up.
    I don't know how many people were over there shooting but it had to be at least ten or fifteen guns going off at once, constantly for several hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Well over 1000 rounds from the machine gun and many many more from the smaller guns.
    And I found out how this is legal: Sanders has a Federal explosives permit for his construction company and his company owns the machine gun. See Corporations are super-people, they can own machine guns without having a special license, doesn't matter whether or not the humans in the Corporation have FFL or not. And his explosives permit doesn't say you can't have fun with dynamite.
    Sanders sandpit is just about in the middle of town, the war zone can be heard throughout most of the town, really lovely soundtrack for a nice autumn weekend. I know two recent vets that have extremely bad reactions to that sound.
    But his "rights" to play with all that gunpowder trump everyone elses' rights to a peaceful weekend.
    Besides, the cops are over there playing in the sandpit with him.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 05:03:57 AM PDT

  •  I have co-workers here in nyc, who go to the range (2+ / 0-)
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    Sue B, dickensgirl

    and spend THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS for a few hours of blasting away with assault rifles.

    They can have it.  That's where the bullets are going:  Lodged in haybales and bullet dampening backgrounds.  Such a shame.  All of those bullets could have gone to destroy living tissue.  The NRA must be in mourning for those misguided bullets.

    Ayn sucks. Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer.

    by Floyd Blue on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 05:40:45 AM PDT

  •  92 - 0 (0+ / 0-)

    I would presume there a few Democrats?

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by ctexrep on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 06:00:08 AM PDT

  •  During our excellent Iraq adventure (1+ / 0-)
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    The US had to buy ammo from Canada.

    Help me to be the best Wavy Gravy I can muster

    by BOHICA on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 06:08:12 AM PDT

  •  There's an ammo shortage here in OR too (4+ / 0-)
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    dickensgirl, skohayes, myboo, OregonWetDog

    Its obviously a contrived shortage, fed by wild claims of Obama taking away guns. The ammo manufacturers are selling as much ammo as 2 years ago but at twice the price and people stand in line for it. That's capitalism for you.

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 06:34:17 AM PDT

    •  I wonder if the increased profits are reported. (0+ / 0-)

      If the government is getting more revenue because of the high prices, then I'd be fine with this becoming a permanent condition.

      I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

      by tle on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 07:07:29 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  It's working just like NRA wanted (1+ / 0-)
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      Spread rumors that scary black guy is going to take all your guns, sell lots ans lots of guns.
      Tell people the government is buying up all the ammo and everyone races to buy ammo, causing a shortage and driving up prices.
      Who benefits? Why, the manufacturers that fund the NRA.

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 07:37:46 AM PDT

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  •  Justify their fears (0+ / 0-)

    With 270 million guns out there, the only practical way to save lives now is by banning ammunition, and watch the classic withdrawal symptoms.

    As Alec Guiness (I think) said at the end of The Bridge on the River Kwai:


    The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

    by Upper West on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 07:39:06 AM PDT

  •  Can't Kevin Durant straighten these people out? (0+ / 0-)

    The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

    by Upper West on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 07:39:56 AM PDT

  •  A bit of memory (0+ / 0-)

    In the 1970s, Johnny Carson rather famously joked about a toilet paper shortage.  Sure enough, a few days later, toilet paper started becoming scarce.

    Now, personally, it's not clear to me why ammo is a more pressing need than toilet paper.  But in the crazed minds of the people who go through 10,000 rounds a day at the range, perhaps it is.  Anyhow, the wingnuts are panicking and clearing it off the shelf.

    By the way, I'm not sure how many rounds a combat soldier carries, but it can't be more than a couple hundred (someone from the Kossack veterans crew can probably weigh in more knowledgeably on this subject, but I can't think that they go through 5,000 rounds in a fit of Ramboseque craziness).

  •  I know exactly what is going on with the ammo (0+ / 0-)

    A friend of mine goes down to the local sporting goods store frequently.  He goes in and sees there is a car parked there before the store opens.  

    It's one of a cadre of gun-owners or maybe just parasites, who waits outside the store and they run in as soon as it opens and they buy every box of ammo and re-sell it on some website.

    It's a fucking Tulip Mania all over again.

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