Considering there are over 129,000 licensed firearms dealers in the United States, its no wonder some people have never had to buy ammo online. At one time ammo could even be found on shelves at some of the local convenience stores. Times have changed though and that is no longer the case.
With all the gun violence and firearm legislation circulating through the media over the past few months, this is a subject that has been beaten to death, revived, and beaten several more times. But I think in one way or another this may have actually been a good thing for gun owners as a whole.
Not only did an increase in national attention draw gun owners out into the open where they had to stand and fight, it also made us realize that we might have to make other plans to deal with unforeseen ammo shortages. Most of the people I know in my area who shoot a lot used to go to the store and buy ammo just a day or two before they intended to use it. You can’t really do that now though because you can’t predict whether or not anything will be on the shelves when you get there.
The only place that gives you access to ammo from everywhere all in one place is the internet. I ran a poll for the past two weeks that asked people whether or not they’ve bought ammo online. If they had bought ammo online, I asked if they had been buying for a long time or if they only recently started.
39 people voted. Of those 39, only 8 indicated that they do not buy ammo online at all. 16 of those who did buy ammo online said they had been for a while, but 15 chose the option “I started buying online in just the past few months”. To me (looking at my small survey and talking to people around me) this shows that the amount of people buying online has almost doubled in just the past few months.
Is this a good thing? Maybe. But it could also be a bad thing. With the ever increasing popularity of online shopping, many small businesses have suffered tremendously. Every customer who buys online is a customer who could’ve possibly bought local. At the same time however, online retailers are probably feeling some pretty positive effects, and for the past few months, have been the only ones with ammo.
“So what’s the point of this post” you ask. While I think being able to buy online is a great luxury, we don’t want to become a nation of people afraid to go shopping in actual stores. We also don’t want to cause our local businesses and communities to suffer. So keep it in balance. Support all parts of the firearms industry, not just one. If one of America’s largest industries stays strong and healthy it’ll be that much harder to take down.