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Credit: Brad Gregg

Inhofe’s theory is this: You haven’t been able to buy ammunition for all your guns lately because Uncle Sam is beating you to it.

“I don’t know how [Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano] or anyone else can deny this is going on, all you have to do is go to any of the places in Oklahoma out where I am,” Inhofe told a radio audience last month. “I went down to Texas, I tried places down there — no one has any ammo. It’s supply and demand, they’ve taken it all up.”

Last month, Inhofe and U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, introduced the Ammunition Management for More Obtainability — or AMMO, in case you didn’t notice — Act, which would limit the amount of ammunition that the government is allowed to buy and store, thus preventing stockpiling.

Not everyone buys Inhofe’s
conspiracy theory. Even America’s biggest gun fans, the National Rifle
Association, issued a statement last August saying that claims of
government-stockpiling were false.

The Huffington Post posited a possible alternative reason for the shortages:

potential pressure on gun and ammunition supplies may be Americans’
reactions to the re-election of President Barack Obama and the Sandy
Hook shootings. In the wake of these events, firearm and ammunition
sales spiked nationwide.”

Maybe that’s it. Perhaps that would have occurred to Inhofe and Lucas
if they hadn’t been so busy trying to make sure their legislation had
such a totally kick-ass acronym.

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