Are you concerned about the possibility of Americans fighting a second Civil War?
There are rumors that the United States Government is preparing for a civil war, the largest piece of proof that suggests this is that the government is stock piling vast amounts of small arms ammunition. Would this action be a cause for concern due to the possibility of war preparation or would it be more plausible that the stock piling of ammunition is a fallacy and the manufacturers of ammunition are simply creating a demand for ammunition by producing less product and selectively distributing it to increase profits?
I think you are right on everything except a civil war. It is a combination. Probably the stock piling is more a result of some Senator's back room deal with ammunition manufacturers in order to assure another deal. Or contributions.
Now we could have a rebellion of sorts. But not a Civil war.
I agree with Ericdierker, I think that rebellion is more what would happen. However, I do think that the strings of another civil war are indeed being pulled by the huge divide between liberal and conservative America. I think that in itself could lead to another Civil War. But the government stockpilling weapons would most likely lead Americans, liberal or conservative, to take up arms agains any forced coersion by the government, and that is rebellion, not civil war. Good question.
Things you hear on Infowars and Breitbart are not rumors with any foundation in reality. They are lies designed to whip people up into a foaming at the mouth irrational frenzy.
If you saw your neighbor wandering in to their house with a large pile of toilet paper, these lunatics would be whispering in your ear that it is an obvious sign that they are planning on TPing your house later. Of course rational and reasonable people will simple notice that they came from Costco and likely got a good deal by buying in bulk.
There is no vast stock-piling going on, there is only bulk purchases of what is needed for ordinary operations.
For a while, around the 2012 election, I feared that we might be on a path to a civil war. The extreme members of each party were so extreme that it seemed as if a consensus could never be reached. It gave the impression that the moderate citizen no longer existed. But I think that after the explosive conflict of that election, things have begun to calm down. It's just a shame that the fear/propaganda machine is as powerful as it is. It makes it look like we're on the brink of civil war, even though most of us are just fine. I hope that something happens, between now and the next presidential election, to break the gridlock in washington, otherwise we might be gearing up for another heated clash of the parties.
I'd only become concerned about another Civil War if people actually started talking about it. You can't start something like that without a bunch of people on both sides going out and actively recruiting "soldiers". I think everyone in the US (unless they were in denial) knew there was going to be a war in the 1800s before it got rolling. They may not have known exactly when it would start and a lot of people hoped the southern states could leave the union without a war, but it was practically in the planning stages for at least 10-15 years (if not more) before it actually started.
My guess would be if there is really a shortage of small arms ammunition, it's the manufacturers doing it on purpose. In business supply plus demand equals either profit or loss. If there's too much supply and not enough demand, the company loses money. On the other hand, if demand exceeds the supply, the company can charge more money and make a bigger profit. At least in theory those apply.
There are large purchases of ammunition taking place by agencies that traditionally did not buy nor need such stockpiles of ammunition. However, I don't think that it's preparation for a civil war. I think it's this administrations way to restrict ammo purchases for gun owners. Anyone who is a gun owner knows that buying ammo has been hard to come buy in recent years. Some of that is the citizens stock piling out of fear of what ridiculous laws will be passed, such as the ones here in NY. And some of it is a half hearted attempt by the Federal Gov't to reduce ammo in circulation. Some of the recent purchases in terms of unusual quantity was documented by Investors Business Daily.
http://news.investors.com/politics-andr … chases.htm
Ultimately, we are likely a long way off from a civil war if that were to ever happen. Frankly, I would like to think that if the country is ever so divided that it came to that, we could secede peacefully. It is certainly logistically plausible for such an event to take place if all sides agreed amicably. But as divided as we are as a nation, Nowhere near enough people support a secession, which is what would lead to a civil war. But in 30-50 years, who knows what will happen if states are so far apart in terms of the way the public views how governance should be administered.
No, I am not worried about another Civil War. The circumstances for that type of thing just don’t exist in this country. Loud “noise” from the fringes can be deafening but their numbers are small in comparison to the overall population. Think about where you live and your neighbors. They struggle with everyday problems and challenges, go to work, vacation, raise their kids, etc. Are any of them thinking about participating in a civil war? Probably not! Now compound that by millions of people in hundreds of thousands of neighborhoods. If you study history, and I hope you do, you will find many periods of extreme trials and tribulations in this countries past. Of all of those, only one lead to a civil war and that war was a logical conclusion to the unfinished issues in the constitution and its great compromises that just could not be sustained over time (states rights, slavery, federalism).
As far as the purchase of ammunition by the government, that has largely been debunked and you can read about that around the web. The numbers were exaggerated and the time frame of the purchase was longer than stated (it is over many years). But even so, they have or will purchase a lot of ammo over the decade. A good portion gets used at the firing range by all of the various federal law enforcement officers (FBI, US Marshals, ATF, DEA, Customs, Prison Guards, Secret Service, and there are more). Yes, we could have a whole discussion about the sheer number of armed federal officers of all types but that is for another time.
No, because I don't want the billions that America spend on artillery to go to waste.
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