With the start of 2014 as we ring in the New Year we will also be ushering an increase in ammo prices and a second shortage. For those who haven’t otherwise heard the last Lead Smelting plant in the united states will be closing it’s doors December 31, 2013. It has been around since the late 1800 and after tightened EPA regulations on lead emissions they have decided it is too risky to spend 100 million dollars to retool their factory to meet the now 10 times stricter standard set forth then previous increases. As a result they will liquidate their factory and the USA will no longer be able to produce ammo without foreign entities.
From a basic level this means the prices of domestic ammo such as lake city, Winchester, etc will rise to accommodate the cost of shipping. As a result the price we pay for ammo will increase. As well the changes will create more panic buying and ultimately lead to prolonged shortages. Already when you look at the ammo cases at Walmart it’s hit or miss and the price haven’t returned to pre-sandy hook ranges.
From a national security standpoint we are in a bad place. Current there is no steel smelting within the united states except recycled steel. We will lose the ability to make leads. We will of course farm these activities out to China. Should be go to war with China someday in the future our ability to produce weapons will be gone. One of the things that made America great in World War 2 was the ability to shift our manufacturing might from domestic products to tanks and firearms. That gave us an advantage. Now that advantage is in China’s hands. So with this change we are walking a dangerous tight rope with our national security.
Our Freedom and liberty is also being challenged. For a long time gun enthusiasts have believed the loophole to losing our 2nd amendment right was through ammo. Our firearms are protected but not the ammo. Having to import the lead from overseas quickly tariffs and other federal tools can be put in place to make ammo hard or impossible to obtain. With individuals who are supposed to protect our constitution and liberty, such as Attorney General Eric Holder who was recently arguing to the supreme court that international law trumps the constitution you know we are in for some shenanigans. This is the same guy who brought you fast and the furious when he was at the ATF.
As we make it closer to 2014 Americans are awakening to a renewed desperate fight for our life liberty and pursuit of happiness. It makes you wonder how many people with grit still exist like our founding fathers that can lay it all on the line for something as great as our constitution. It there was ever a need for our founding fathers it would be now. Until that time my advice is to stock up on ammo. Trouble is around the corner and it want’s you unarmed. Guns are nothing more then an awkward club without ammo.