Why the frenzy? The buzz at the show wasn’t just the proposals for restricting firearms floating around among the solons of D.C., but the possibility of restrictions on ammunition. The official Gun Violence Prevention Task Force somehow managed to avoid the ammunition issue in its long wish list of intrusive violations of self-defense rights, but some elected officials have called for background checks on ammunition purchases. The result? Around the country, there’s a run on ammunition so severe that many stores limit what you can buy when you do find it.

Brass and commercial ammunition were in short supply by the time we arrived at the gun show, but handloads were still available, though at prices that would have been eye-popping a few years ago. While I purchased some .45 ACP, the fellow next to me told me that he was only buying loaded .357 Magnum cartridges because he couldn’t find cases.

How much has the Obama administration spent on fruitless efforts to “stimulate” the economy back to health? And all along, politicians could have got the business of manufacturing, buying and selling hopping again, simply by announcing an intention to ban everything.