Department of Homeland Security buying massive amounts of Bullets

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Homeland Security

By: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com ►

 

Recently I went to purchase a box of bullets for my gun.  Everyone was sold out.  I asked an owner of the gun store why and this is what I was told. “Homeland Security is buying all the ammo so that the average man will be unarmed.”

The local Academy and Wal-Mart tell me that, “We try to keep it a secret when the shipment comes in, but people still find out and they line up at the door and we sell out in minutes.”  “We limit ammo purchases to two boxes a person.” 

I find this disturbing considering I live in Texas.

Another source inside Homeland Security told me that one department in Homeland Security who do not even use weapons recently purchased enough ammo to fill two large shipping containers and is storing them in Freeport, Texas.

AP is reporting Homeland Security has already bought 360,000 hollow point rounds.  This is disturbing because hollow points are banned by the Geneva Convention.  This means they cannot be used in war.  If they cannot be used in war, what is Homeland Security going to do with 360,000 of them. 

In 2012, Homeland Security purchased 100 million rounds.

Chuck Young, a Spokesman for the Government Accountability Office announced they were conducting an investigation into the Homeland Security ammo purchases.

Department of Homeland Security Acting Press Secretary Peter Boogaard testified that their purchase of 750 million rounds of ammo was for training centers and law enforcement over the next five years.  Boogaard also mentioned another contract to purchase 450 million rounds.  These two contracts would bring the total of ammo rounds purchased to 1.2 billion.

 Boogaard went on to say, “With more than 100,000 armed law enforcement personnel in DHS, significant quantities of ammunition are used to support law enforcement operations, quarterly qualifications, and training, to include advanced firearms training exercises.”

Currently DHS has nearly 4,000 rounds for each employee trained and certified in firearms use.  In comparison, an American soldier is allocated 350 rounds.

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) reported it goes through about 15 million bullets per year.  Now 15 million is a lot of bullets.  So I did the math.  15 million divided by 365 days equals 41,095.  That means this FLETC is shooting 41,095 bullets a day.  That breaks down to 1712 bullets shot per hour, 24 hours a day 365 days a year, including Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Members of Congress say that the DHS is refusing to tell them the purpose of procuring such large amounts of ammo.

The House approved H.R. 2217, The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The amendment requires the Department of Homeland Security to submit a detailed report to Congress of the Department’s mission requirements as it pertains to ammunition and all contracting practices applied by the Department of Homeland Security to procure ammunition.

Additionally, the amendment requires the DHS to report “quarterly thereafter” to Congress the quantity of ammunition in inventory, used by and purchased by the DHS during and at the end of each calendar quarter. It further stipulates the Department provide “the ammunition type, the purpose of such usage, the average number of rounds used per agent or officer.

I finally found a store which had bullets in supply.  The store owner said, “This is you lucky day.  This is the first time we have had any bullets in seven months.” “In that case” I said, “I will take two.”

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