The Department of Homeland Security has been stockpiling ammo for quite some time. It’s esitmated to be 1.6 billion rounds over the next 5 years, a number they dispute. But as it stand currently each DHS officer has 1000 rounds more than your Army officer. Thursday Representative Darrell Issa questions as the their motives. And then today, you’ll absolutely love what bill was being introduced to stop the stockpiling. Tune in above for the podcast or read the transcript below. I’m ok if you want to do both.
Last night on the Radio 214 show we discussed the DHS still purchasing mass amounts of ammunition. It was planned to purchase over 1.6 billion rounds over the next 5 years.
But now reports are coming out stating that the Department of Homeland security now how approximately 1300-1600 rounds of ammo per dhs officer, which is 1000 rounds more than an officer in the Army.
Which of course poses the question why?
Enter Representative Darrell, nothing gets by me, Issa of California. He questioned the reasoning for the DHS’s ammunition stockpile on Capitol hill on Thursday as he said, “The idea that you have to have excess rounds, year after year, flies in the face of common sense,
Ha! Common Sense. That doesn’t exist in this administration.
But the big question was if the reason the DHS was purchasing mass amounts of ammo was an effort keep bullets out of the hands of private citizens.
“Top DHS training officer Humberto Medina said he could “say categorically that was not a factor at all” in the purchases.”
But if I remove all my conspiracy theories from this because I do think they are trying to keep the supply for civilians low for whatever reason. And when I go full on conspiracy theorist I think all this stockpiling and urban assault training happening all over the country makes them all the more prepared to enforce laws to remove guns from private citizens.
But I digress. Take all the conspiracy out and I’m left with this utter slap in the face of this administration to remain fiscally irresponsible. They have no problem firing FAA agents but lets overstock on ammo and small armored vehicles for the DHS.
In a Forbes article back in March they smartly observed,
“Spending money this way is beyond absurd well into perverse. Peggy Dixon, spokeswoman for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center: “The training center and others like it run by the Homeland Security Department use as many as 15 million rounds every year, mostly on shooting ranges and in training exercises.”
At 15 million rounds (which, in itself, is pretty extraordinary and sounds more like fun target-shooting-at-taxpayer-expense than a sensible training exercise) … that’s a stockpile that would last DHS over a century. To claim that it’s to “get a low price” for a ridiculously wasteful amount is an argument that could only fool a career civil servant.”
And then ALSO just today enters Senator Jim Inhofe of the great state of Oklahoma who is introducing a bill to limit Federal Agencies from stockpiling weapons. His press release reads…
“U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK-3) today introduced in their respective chambers the Ammunition Management for More Obtainability (AMMO) Act of 2013. The legislation would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a report on the purchasing of ammunition by federal agencies, except the Department of Defense, and its effect on the supply of ammunition available to the public. The AMMO Act would restrict agencies from obtaining additional ammunition for a six-month period if current agency stockpiles are higher than its monthly averages prior to the Obama Administration.”
And you know this administration and this president absolutely HATE the word limit!!!