Online rumors about a big government munitions purchase are true, sort of. The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years. It says it needs them -- roughly the equivalent of five bullets for every person in the United States -- for law enforcement agents in training and on duty. Published federal notices about the ammo buy have agitated conspiracy theorists since the fall. That´s when conservative radio host Alex Jones spoke of an "arms race against the American people" and said the
Comments: And I believe everything I´m told by AP and the morons in the DHS. s/o Would they really tell you the truth?? I trust absolutely nothing coming from this terrifying regime.
The problem is not so much that a bunch of incompetent federal officers have lots of ammo, but that there is NO ammo available for private citizens. Libs have been saying for a very long time (at least since Daniel Patrick Moynihan) that, even if they can´t do anything about guns, they can work to limit access to ammunition. It looks as though they´ve finally figured a way to do that.
Why? Do the words of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Kingfish offer us a clue?:
"We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we´ve set. We´ve got to have a civilian national security force that´s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded."
Of course, this explanation is pathetic. The big government purchase of 1.6 billion rounds, plus the weaponry also on order is unprecedented, and every body knows it. The cynical side of me says this is a deliberate effort by central command to create artifical shortage of ammunition, which appears to be long term, if not permanent.
Why purchase the much more expensive and dangerous hollow point ammo only to expend it all in target practice? Two possibilities: (1) Big Sis is lying; and (2) the motive here is to pay off dem donors who are ammo manufacturers or sales middlemen. As in all politics, follow the $$.
#2 and #12 have it figured out. This is control by executive order. Congress should cut the funds for this. Of course, if you operate on continuing resolutions, there is not much control, which is why Dingy Harry keeps doing business this way.
Homeland used 15 million rounds at its facilities last year
70,000 officers attended last year
Thats 214 rounds per trainee. Thats actually reasonable.
But to get from 15 million to 1.6 billion would require the facilities to train 7.5 million officers per year. or 70,000 officers a year for 106 years.
to stock a homeland security office with 10,000 rounds would require 160,000 offices (3200 offices per state) or one fully stocked office for each 2000 US citizens.
If each state had 100 fully staffed offices each office would have 320,000 rounds. To actually use 1.6 billion rounds in a year would require 1 million officers each to fire a full box of ammo a week, every week, for the full year.
I´m sorry, there is no way you can justify purchasing this much ammo in any single year, or five year period for that matter, for a domestic police force.
On a gun forum yesterday, it was pointed out that if the government places an order, for what ever reason, they go to the top of the list, by law. So by tying up all the production for "govt orders", these ammo companies can´t fill their huge back orders to retail outlets. Most believe this will pass, eventually, but next time, get what you can before all this panic buying cleans out the pipeline.
I believe that one of the only pieces of legislation that IL Sen Obama put his name on , had to do with controlling guns by limiting access to ammo. I´ll not waste my time looking it up because he´s not worth it-but I think it one of the very few on which he voted ´yes ´ instead of ´present´.
Was this supposed to be a "case-closed," reassuring article??? It missed the mark. The reporter´s smug tone implied, "you conservative nuts need to stop thinking about this; there´s absolutely nothing to be concerned about." But after reading the article, I feel even more concerned -- here´s documentation of purchases that go wildly beyond logical needs. When are reporters going to drop the blinders and dig in to find out what´s going on?
So the picture shows a round loaded with a lead bullet like I reload for target shooting and cowboy action. Completely misleading and typical AP "reporting". I think the iranian press corpse (sorry, I couldn´t help it) is more trustworthy.
The feds know this house of cards we call an economy is liable to collapse at any moment, and collapse very quickly. I´m sure their plan is to impose martial law and control us through the distribution of food and other resources needed to sustain life. I´m also sure they think they need all this ammo to properly control us.
It has come to our attention that YOU are purchasing far more ammunition than you need. Therefore from now on there will be a 200% surcharge. We intend to use those extra funds to subsidize purchases by American Citizens, besides, aren´t we supposed to support taking from the rich, YOU and giving to the not so rich, our other customers.
why are retail stores placing limits on the rounds American Citizens can buy yet the Manufacturers place no restrictions on the government? The Manufacturers know what WE buy so the government should be limited to what is manufactured past that amount...silly me
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