I Asked a Question on Twitter and the Gun People Took Aim
I asked a question about guns and ammo but the responses I got from gun enthusiasts didn’t answer my question.
After reading media reports that the suspects behind the San Bernardino shootings had more than 6000 rounds of ammunition, I asked on Twitter why a person can buy so much ammo and not flag attention of the authorities.
I’ve commented on guns and shootings in the past and I’ve never really elicited much of a response. This one was different. Many responses came in. And surprisingly, most of the responses were pretty civil. The only “insults” hurled were calling me a liberal. That’s true, I am. And other insulted me by saying I’ve never handled a firearm. That’s mostly true.
But when not calling me a liberal gun novice, most of the Tweets to my question about why someone needs 6600 rounds of ammo was, “because it’s cheaper to buy in bulk.”
We, the United States of America, allow people to buy massive quantities of ammunition for high-capacity, semi-automatic, military-grade weapons designed to kill many humans because “the more you buy, the more you save”?
In other words, ammo is sold in large quantities because of the Costco model of selling peanut butter?
Most of the responses on Twitter about why people use so much ammo came down to people wanting to use their firearms at shooting ranges. One person wrote that a day on the range could result in firing several hundred rounds. So, why do you need need thousands of rounds to fire hundreds of shots?
My suggestion to that was, allow ranges to sell ammo on the range and whatever you don’t use, you sell back. You walk in with zero rounds and walk out with zero rounds.
If you have a weapon because it makes you feel like you’re protected, (studies show owning a firearm at home makes you more vulnerable) you can buy enough ammo to fill the clip. If you are a hunter, you can buy enough ammo for a day (weekend?) of hunting.
If you have a buy what you need policy rather than a hoard/stockpile mentality, you can stop people from purchasing large-quantities of ammo and when someone walks into a gun shop and looks to purchase enough ammo to kill many, many people, the clerk can say, “I’m sorry, I can’t allow that.” And maybe when we have the next senseless shooting spree, less people can die from our “stuff happens” mentality on gun violence.