You should read the story at “OLD NFO” Blog. He asks, “Are you coming for my guns?” Between his story about a lady that seems to have gone off the deep end and a conversation with one of my friends today, it made me think, is 6,000 rounds a lot of ammo?
When you get down to it, ammo is REALLY expensive! We reload our own rifle rounds for the long range shooting we do and usually for .45s as well in Indiana. Although, when I am in California, I usually buy my ammo from places like bulkammo.com and other sites because it is cheaper. Sometimes, when I have time, I will go to the San Diego gun show to get ammo. When I do, I never get less than 500 rounds, and if I feel like carrying it, I buy no less than 1,000 rounds at a time. I do this even if I already have some at home. Why? Because I do not know if I will have time to go next quarter when the gun show is in town. It is as simple as that. When I go to the range to shoot my XD45, I never shoot less than 150 rounds, if I take a friend, 300+ rounds are guaranteed. With this math, if I only buy 500 rounds at the gun show, I will only be able to go to the range about two times in three months. THAT would be horrible! Does this make me a potential mass killer? Should red flags be thrown? I have bought 1,000 rounds before. A friend and I together have purchased 2,000 rounds at the same time before. What do I plan on doing with it? No, it is not all for home protection. It is so I have enough to go to the range whenever I want and to take my friends as well.
I understand the shooter in Colorado had over 6,000 rounds available. He apparently did not buy them all at one time. So, that means he would have done it more like I do: 1,000 here and 1,000 there.
Journalists are trying to identify points that this shooter should have been noticed, that a flag should have been thrown. It concerns me if “flags” start to pop in some government database because of a large ammo purchase. What will “large” be? Should a number be determined, the number would be too small, maybe 200, 500, 1,000? This would actually have a backlash. It would decrease the amount of time people spend practicing with their weapons because it would make ammo more difficult to obtain. If this country is going to allow people to carry guns, to have guns in their homes, then ammo needs to remain readily available to ensure that people with guns are able to remain proficient.
Focus on the mental illness, focus on discovering the evil among us and the population will be exponentially safer than if we take away all their ammo.