So…how bad is it when the cops are scared?

(Via Timebomb 2000)

Be sure you don’t miss the last sentence.

The fear on the street is palpable. Ever since the election of Barack Obama as President of these United States in November 2008, coupled with the election of a democrat party majority in both the U.S. House and Senate, concern for the United States and personal safety has ignited like a fire in dry grass.

Sales of guns – black guns, rifles, shotguns and handguns (particularly 9mm) everywhere, have gone through the roof. AR15s have literally flown off of dealer shelves, and only now in the spring of 2009, have I seen the display samples of ARs begin to reappear on the wall of my favorite shooting emporium after the initial post election rush.

Manufacturers of ARs are still working to catch up and some of the major suppliers are as much as 150,000 guns behind. Not only that, ammo is in the shortest supply I have ever seen in the 43 years of my shooting life. Have you recently tried to get 5.56mm, 9mm or even 380 ammo?

Supplies of 5.56mm and 9mm ammo are in short supply due to the black gun buying craze; .380ACP because of the rise in people getting concealed carry permits and the resurgence of interest in convenient 380 handguns like the fine Ruger LCP. In fact, in doing a review of the Ruger LCP, my gun store only had a small supply of ONE .380 round on hand, the Winchesters 95-grain SXT, which they had just gotten in. Unfortunately, I had to do a 30-round review of that pistol. There was none other to be found.

What is odd about this new fear is that it is not coming from the average citizen gun owner out there, but it is coming from what to me is an almost shocking source: street cops.

Most police departments are, from what I can find out, very well armed these days. Some of them even have their own armor (finding it “intoxicating”, according to the link). They generally have good training and intelligence. Thanks to Homeland Security and asset forfeiture (plus the ability to tax), they have plenty of money to buy stuff. Many if not most PDs allow officers to carry their duty weapons home, often including their “tactical rifles”.

So how bad do thecops think it is when they personally start stocking up on guns and ammo? Do you think there may be a message there for us civilians?

Helpful tip for any police officers reading–don’t forget food. Three to six months worth, minimum. Water to last 2 weeks, plus ways to pruify more. Medical supplies. Multiple sources of heat, light and communication.

Oh…welcome to the club.

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