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GOVERNMENT: Why is DHS buying so much ammo?

Letter by Dana Booth, Tacoma on March 27, 2013 at 9:56 am | No Comments »
March 27, 2013 9:56 am

There’s a national story that no one seems to be talking about, although I suspect under a different party’s administration, this wouldn’t be the case.

The Department of Homeland Security has, in the last year, made purchases of up to 2 billion rounds of ammunition. DHS head Janet Napolitano has not been forthcoming with why the purchases of such huge amounts of ammo is necessary, and has stonewalled congressional attempts at answers, making vague references to training purposes, but the sheer volume sinks that lie.

To put into perspective the amount of ammunition we’re talking about, during the height of the Iraq war, U.S. soldiers spent about 5.5 million rounds per month, or about 66 million per year. The DHS purchases are enough to fight an Iraq war for about 30 years or, put another way, enough to fire 16 rounds per second every second of every day for the next four years.

However, the DHS is not at war, war is not its mission and much of the ammunition purchased are hollow-point pistol rounds.

Without any straight answers from DHS, we can only speculate why these purchases are necessary, although in 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama called for “a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the U.S. military.

If he was telling the truth, it’s time to be concerned. We already have civilian police.

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