Letter: Hazardous hoarding?
I decided to go out and pick up some ammo for some target shooting and was shocked by the lack of availability, and when available, the price. In every instance, I was told it was because people are hoarding ammo and reloading supplies, so there is high demand and short supply.
It occurred to me that all of these hoarders now have stockpiles of highly explosive materials in their homes. It seems to me that this would place firefighters in a particularly hazardous situation, not that firefighting on its own isn’t hazardous. How can we reconcile asking firefighters to battle a house fire if there is a chance of being killed by exploding munitions, more so with volunteer firefighters?
Just how do fire departments approach this issue? Is the homeowner responsible for bullet injuries to firefighters? A friend’s house caught fire about 15 years ago, but the volunteer firefighters heard exploding bullets and let the house burn down, making sure only that the fire didn’t spread.
Yes, I have guns and ammo, but I will be calling my insurance company to be safe.