Americans usually buy about 7 billion rounds of ammunition a year, according to the National Rifle Association. In the past year, that figure has jumped to about 9 billion rounds, said NRA spokeswoman Vickie Cieplak.
Quote from: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090923/ap_on_re_us/us_ammo_shortage) 23/09/09
Seven BILLION rounds per year??
So every single year (a ‘normal’ year that is, not one when people are stocking up fearing Obama will introduce tighter gun control laws) – but every single year Americans purchase enough ammunition to kill every man, woman and child in the Entire World?? (6.6 billion as of 2007 – Including themselves of course). 😯
Not only that but they’d have enough left over to kill a reasonably sized deer, elk or bear for every single man, woman and child in the US, every year ( 300 million plus animals dead – per year).
And not only that but they would STILL have enough bullets left over (100,000,000 bullets) that if one round was fired every single second of the day, at a paper target, they would need to keep on firing for 3 years and 2 months before just one year’s worth of ‘spare’ ammunition (the amount left over after killing everyone on the planet and an animal for every US citizen a year**) bought in the US was used up??
Seven Thousand Million Rounds… each year…
i’m pretty sure i just answered my own question.
** of course this was assuming people only use one bullet to kill a person or a thing when in fact, often, several are used/’needed’ to do this. We live in seriously strange times, times when i am perfectly sure the world as i know it has indeed gone insane.