My apologies, I just get very heated on the issue, and it can be difficult to keep politics out of it. To answer the orginal question though about ammo shortages I actually heard it was due to metal shortages. Something about the price of metals have gone up so its become more expensive for ammo companies to produce ammo. Thus, prices rise, and all the cheaper ammo immediately gets eatin up. Dont fully know if its true or not, but makes sense.
Here we are nearly a year after the original post, Jon. The ammo situation has eased up around here. I can find just about whatever I need. I don't think we're going to be seeing any obscene taxes on ammo or gun banning legislation for a while anyway.