Yes. That’s billion, with a ‘b’. That’s enough rounds to kill nearly one fourth of the world’s population. And it’s not just the DHS. Apparently the war-mongering Social Security Administration has gotten into ammo stockpiling as well with a purchase of several million rounds recently.
From Investors Business Daily:
In a puzzling, unexplained development, the Obama administration has been buying and storing vast amounts of ammunition in recent months, with the Department of Homeland Security just placing another order for an additional 21.6 million rounds.
Several other agencies of the federal government also began buying large quantities of bullets last year. The Social Security Administration, for instance, not normally considered on the frontlines of anything but dealing with seniors, explained that its purchase of millions of rounds was for special agents’ required quarterly weapons qualifications. They must be pretty poor shots.
But DHS has been silent about its need for numerous orders of bullets in the multiple millions. Indeed, Examiner writer Ryan Keller points out Janet Napolitano’s agency illegally redacted information from some ammunition solicitation forms following media inquiries.
According to one estimate, just since last spring DHS has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm. That’s sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times. Including illegal immigrants.
To provide some perspective, experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, DHS is armed now for a 24-year Iraq war.
A story like this is bound to spark conspiracy theories. This is to be expected any time the feds do something strange. But truly, what rational conclusion can one draw regarding this that doesn’t sound conspiratorial? In all honesty, the public deserves to know why its tax dollars are being used to purchase such unbelievable amounts of ammo. But so far, no one in the Obama administration (you know, the most transparent administration in history) seems willing to give a straight answer. And this is fuel for the conspiracy theorists’ fire.
Furthermore, I find it interesting that many in the federal government want to know why a private citizen “needs” a so called “assault weapon” or a clip that holds more than a few rounds while at the same time, that same government will gladly take that citizen’s money to purchase billions of rounds of ammo for an unknown purpose. Yeah, something about seems fishy to say the least.
Exit Question: I wonder if Piers Morgan will ask Janet Napolitano why she needs that much ammo?