To the Founders ammuniton was sacred, not to be wasted:
It is the Right of every English Subject to be prepared with Weapons for his defence….Carefully preserve the small quantity of gunpowder which you have amongst you; it will be the last Resource when every other means of Safety fail you–Great Britain has cut you off from further supplies…. [R]eserve what Ammunition you have as a sacred Deposit. He in part betrays his Country who sports it away, perhaps in every Charge he fires he gives with it the means of preserving the life of a fellow being.
[Letter circulated 19 June 1775 by North Carolina's delegates to Continental Congress]
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