In the months when the United States has experienced a severe ammunition shortage, most of the media coverage has interviewed gun owners and enthusiasts, as well as owners of shooting ranges, gun shops. weapons and other businesses.
The coverage hasn’t focused much on how the shortage is affecting students, however, until this week anyway.
The Daily Gamecock, a student publication from the University of South Carolina, written this week on how college students have been affected by the shortage. The newspaper spoke to members of Carolina Ducks Unlimited, a student group that “raises money for the conservation of North American wetlands.”
“We are not a hunting club. We don’t sponsor hunts, ”Isaac Williams, president of Carolina Ducks Unlimited, told the newspaper. “We’re fostering a community where people who love to hunt are naturally drawn to… It’s about to start to be duck season – every meeting we have is like, ‘Guys, where can we find some duck? ammunition? “”
“COVID has caused a lot of people to return to their outdoors. You have a lot of people who work from home, a lot of people who have realized that spending time with their family is more important than their job because they have had to be home with them over the past year, ”Williams added. , according to the student. publication. “I went to a public dove field in Gaffney, SC this past weekend, and it was packed; there were people everywhere.
“I will try to find ammunition for my weapons, my mother’s weapon, there is none. No gun ammunition, no rifle ammunition, it’s all gone, ”a student told the newspaper. Another said that certain types of ammunition have seen their price increase significantly.
The university’s ROTC was also affected.
“The Army and Cadet Command continue to provide all the resources necessary to train our best cadets to succeed and achieve their goal of being commissioned officers in the United States Army,” said Lt. Colonel Daniel Rausch, professor of military sciences and battalion commander. the Daily Gamecock in a statement.
The ammunition shortage, which dates back to last year, has been attributed to several factors. Pandemic restrictions on other activities have pushed some people into isolated outdoor activities like hunting and shooting, while the pandemic has resulted in supply constraints. Remington, a major manufacturer, declared bankruptcy and was wound up, further affecting supply.
In addition, the unrest sparked by both the pandemic and the post-George Floyd protests for racial justice have led many Americans to purchase firearms for the first time, leading to a huge increase in demand for guns. ‘weapons and ammunition.
In addition, some have said that the State Department’s recently announced sanctions on Russian-made ammunition could exacerbate the shortage since Russia was the main foreign exporter of ammunition to the United States last year.
Stephen Silver, Technology Writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist, and film critic who also contributes to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Revue de rue and splice today. Co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.