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Q&A: Why can't I find .22-caliber shells?

Ammo shortage and gun control

I have a permit and a licensed gun. I have been unable to find .22-caliber shells. Can you tell me why?

Gun shops and law enforcement agencies nationwide have reported ammunition shortages — including .22-, .40-, .45-caliber and 9mm — because of a variety of factors, according to media reports. Gun shop owners said the run on ammunition began after President Barack Obama was re-elected, USA Today reported, and gun owners have been stockpiling ammunition in case gun control legislation is passed, in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings.

The paper also reported the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents ammunition makers, hunters and sport shooters, has said hunting and sport shooting are becoming more popular, and also people are "keeping firearms for personal and home defense."

Some stores are limiting sales of .22-caliber ammo to one box per customer and have sold out of many types of ammo. Law enforcement officials across the country have reduced the number of practice rounds given to officers or asked their officers to buy their own ammunition instead of providing it. A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol told the Associated Press in April that it was still waiting on rifle and shotgun ammunition that was ordered in November.

Deaths via smoking, car wrecks

I would like to know the number of deaths in the United States every year that can be directly related to cigarette smoking and car wrecks.

Smoking, the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, causes about 380,000 deaths a year, according to research by the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products. Using new types of research, the Center for Tobacco Products found there are about 200,000 smoking-attributable deaths among men and 180,000 smoking-attributable deaths among women every year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that 32,367 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2011, the lowest number of fatalities since 1949.

What's the meaning of jihad?

The term "jihad" regularly appears in the news. What does it mean?

"Jihad" is defined as "a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty … a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline (or) a crusade for a principle or belief," according to Merriam-Webster.com. The Associated Press Stylebook, which is used by many media outlets, describes "jihad" as an "Arabic noun used to refer to the Islamic concept of the struggle to do good. In particular situations, that can include holy war, the meaning extremist Muslims commonly use."

Q&A: Why can't I find .22-caliber shells? 05/20/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 17, 2013 6:07pm]
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