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Usually they've bought about 7 billion rounds of ammunition each year, but now American's are consuming 9 billion.
Increased ammo usage by the military is keeping supply limited and fears of government gun control is maintaing demand.
Brad Warthen, and expatriate of The State, has posted a bit of interesting reaction to the piece's implications, in part:
But there’s this other thing going on, and it has to do some fairly unpleasant things rattling around in our collective subconscious. Some people have tried to give it a simple name, saying it’s about race. But it’s more complicated than that. Just as scary and ugly perhaps, and entangled somehow with race, but more complicated.