The current gun and ammo shortages coming from President Obama’s declaring war on the 2nd Amendment may actually turn out to be an opportunity for Preppers and survivalists for a number of reasons.
It’s a major tenet of preppers and survivalists to be resourceful and turn perceived problems into opportunities, and this current development with the proposed new gun laws is just such a problem.
This is not the first time that we’ve had a major school shooting cause a bunch of insincere, opportunistic politicians to try to exploit the situation for political gain bulk ammo for sale. Remember the federal assault weapons ban? It expired after 10 years. Remember when President George H. W. Bush banned the import of assault weapons in 1990.
The upshot (forgive the pun) of all this is that we’ve been here before and the odds are against anything really sticking for good. In just one month after President Obama signalled that he was going to use his powers as President to issue Executive Orders to enact some gun control, the NRA increased its membership by a quarter million people.
Gun control is just too much of a hot button issue for too many people for any real, meaningful measures to ever to get past the House of Representatives. However, what this issue and the debate does have a proven ability to do is to cause people to rush out and buy up guns and ammo.
Both gun shortages and ammo shortages demonstrate that the people want to be able to defend themselves and this is actually a selling opportunity for those who have stockpiled supplies.
Now I realize that it is blasphemy to suggest any prepper or survivalist would ever part with his guns and ammo. However, considering how much you really need and how much you have, you may want to think about selling some now, when it can command a higher price due to the shortages, and resupplying once sanity is restored.
Yes, that means you are taking a chance that you might miss out if real gun control measures make resupplying impossible down the road. But do you really think that will happen? And do you really think that you need thousands of rounds of ammo?
The typical infantry soldier has a combat load of well under a thousand rounds. And if there is some sort of societal collapse, you’ll want to be avoiding gunfights at all costs, so chances are you may have more ammo than you really need.
One other thing to consider is how much food and water purification supplies you have stored up. These could be more of a priority but you’ve been waiting until you had more money to beef up your supplies. The answer to your money problems may have just come along with the ammo shortages. I am a large supporter of having items that could be used for bartering in the event that the times get really bad and our infrastructure bottoms out. I believe some extra food would be advisable as would sufficient supplies of toilet paper and like products. However I find it difficult to even consider the thought of bartering ammo or weapons of any sort. Let’s face it, during the preparation stages I saved and purchased ammo to supply myself and my family for several years at best. While I may have sufficient quantities of ammunition to meet all my needs I would hesitate to supply such things to other people.
During troubled times human nature being what it is tends to bring out the worse that mankind has to offer. In our final days we will likely discover that food is extremely difficult to obtain. Those supplies that we normally take for granted will be unattainable at best. No longer could we jump in the family wagon and take a trip to Wal-Mart’s to stock the freezer for the week or to obtain fresh eggs and milk. Life as we are used to it will be totally different.
Life will be bad enough during those times without adding to our troubles. We will have every person running around the city with a loaded gun and no law enforcement would be available to keep them in check. Many of these people will have no training what so ever in the use of these weapons and that makes them doubly dangerous. They will simply be shooting at anything that will be moving whether it be man or beast. More civilian rounds of ammo will be uselessly spent at this time then ever before in our history. Naturally, anyone with a weapon of any sort will crave more and more ammo. This thought alone places a premium on the value of ammo when considered as a trading item.
In the same sense those that have not will certainly be longing for the items they want from those who have them. Weapons and ammo may at first appear to be an excellent choice for bartering but let’s suppose you trade a 22LR or a 30-06 for some supplies. At the same time you reach deeply into your supply of ammo and provide a selection to use in those firearms. You may have just made the largest blunder of your life. What would prevent that person from simply loading the ammo that you just traded him with the weapons that you just traded him and taking anything and everything that they want?