DHS Continues It’s Ammo Hoarding
At the end of last month I reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded a bid for 450 million hollow point bullets to defense contractor ATK. This came just two years after awarding ammunition manufacturer Winchester a similar contract for 200 million .40 hollow points and a new bid for 175 million rounds of .223 ammo.
It seems that this is not enough for “Big Sis”, as the DHS has been nicknamed. Not only does DHS need millions of rounds in .40 hollow points and .223 along with bullet resistant booths, but now it has put out a bid for even more ammunition and this time it is specifically for multiple calibers and training. If you view the bid online it seems as if they are seeking to train their personnel in the use of firearms that would be most common in citizen’s homes.
The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) will be the recipient of this new ammunition once the contract has been awarded. There is no doubt that this is for training purposes. According to the bid, only 8450 rounds will be purchased and in various calibers from .22 to 30-06.
What is most interesting is that many have speculated that the previous orders were for “target practice”. The first thing to note is usually if one is practicing they will use full metal jackets or “target loads” as they are called, not hollow points. However, to be fair and give the benefit of the doubt, DHS may simply order one type of ammunition and not worry with whether it is a target load or a hollow point.
In either case, the question must be asked, “Why is DHS acquiring so much ammunition?” After all they are not the military. They are the Department of Homeland Security and as such they should not be those who are constantly having to be using their weapons. In fact, the use of their weapons should be a very rare thing. Certainly it should not be enough to warrant over half a billion rounds in two years.
Is there something that the American public is not being told about these ammunition acquirements? Why is it that DHS can place an order for millions of rounds of .40 hollow points and yet when you go to the store, they don’t carry many packages of the same rounds at all?
While I realize that ammunition needs to be purchased for law enforcement, it is the extent of the purchase that concerns me most, especially in light of the fact that DHS is not the US military.
In seeing what DHS has done in regards to TSA, along with their VIPR project and their ties to Eric Holder and Barack Obama and company, it doesn’t sit well with me at all. However, I’m sure anyone who reads this will definitely feel the homeland is more secure than ever knowing that a department that should not even exist is stockpiling more bullets than there are people in the United States.