We’ve seen our Government buy a lot of ammunition lately and we have speculated ‘why?’ Is this routine? Do we do this every year? Are the purchase amounts in-line with what has been happening since the Bush Administration and September 11, 2001 – which changed everything? We don’t know. Is the Government buying up ammo so a shortage occurs for you and me? Are we the targets? We don’t know. We don’t know why even the Social Security Agency is armed, while our Border Agents patrol with bean bag guns. One Retired Army Major General says the Military in Iraq used a mere 70 MILLION rounds of ammunition per year. “Compare that with the 750 million rounds of hollow point bullets that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ordered in March.” Maybe we are getting some history after all, and keep in mind, these numbers do not include the purchases of the Pentagon/Department of Defense.
The Washington, D.C. police have ordered 600,000 rounds of Hollow Points. This is the Police Department. Add that to the other armed agencies in that city, and if Americans want to stand on the steps of Capitol Hill as the TEA Party did on the day and evening that ObamaCare was passed – well, they might not be able to do so.
The Department of State needs “Mechanical Breaching Tools.”
John Roller at Keys to Liberty found that the Department of Homeland Security purchased, and has already received, twelve 50-caliber machine guns. He provided a link to the site homepage but I didn’t find the machine guns. My eyes glaze over when I’m looking at a lot of numbers and decimals and abbreviations. I’m not that familiar with weaponry. He found it and I have no problem believing it.
If you go to the FedBiz link and do a search on Homeland Security, you will find that they have already purchased 12- 50 caliber machine guns and the ammunition to go with them…
The post didn’t specify how much ammunition because it was already a ‘done deal’. This is ‘heavy duty’ stuff, at close range a 50 caliber will penetrate 2 inches of aluminum, 32 inches of pine and 21 inches of wet earth. [FedBizOpps.gov]
Roller found that Homeland Security, at least in once instance, issued separate bids for “training” ammo and for “duty” ammo. So as we watch the number of rounds purchased reach about 1 BILLION, and NOT DESIGNATED for the various arms of the US Military, isn’t it more than a little scary? I call again for Congress – our elected representatives, to tell us what is going on.
On Friday the government stated that the hollow point bullets it has procured are “standard issue” and that they are used to train security agents used by each of the various federal agencies…
When this reporter first heard the government’s explanation for the hollow point bullets, the warning bells immediately rang indicating a cover up. As every gun owner knows if they are serious about developing and maintaining their shooting skills, the type of bullets used for practice at the firing range are normally different from the ammunition one would use when getting the firearm set to be used in the event of a home invasion or other situations in which one’s life is in mortal danger.
Firing range bullets are much less expensive and are not designed for the day to day use of the gun for maximum self protection. One uses the more expensive variety, such as hollow point bullets, for real-life danger.
Thus, immediately this reporter knew that when the government claimed that its agencies had purchased multimillions of rounds of hollow point bullets for “practice and training” at the firing range, something was amiss. Most citizens are likely unaware that such ammo is not used for practice and will accept the government’s explanation at face value. This is in all likelihood what the Feds are counting on.
In a previous article I wrote about the purchase of hollow points, and said they were illegal in the use of warfare. I got called-out soundly on that, and was further told the purpose of using hollow points is that they expand inside a body and do not exit, keeping by-standers safer.
Retired Army Major General Jerry Curry said these procurements and the Government’s explanation for them, doesn’t pass the smell test (see Examiner link above).
Hollow point bullets are so lethal that the Geneva Convention does not allow their use on the battle field in time of war. Hollow point bullets don’t just stop or hurt people, they penetrate the body, spread out, fragment and cause maximum damage to the body’s organs. Death often follows….
I fear that Congress won’t take these ammunition purchases seriously until they are all led from Capitol Hill in handcuffs. Why buy all this ammunition unless you plan to use it. Unknown to Congress, Does DHS plan to declare war on some country? Shouldn’t Congress hold hearings on why the Administration is stockpiling this ammunition all across the nation? How will it be used; what are the Administration’s plans?
About the past history of purchases, Examiner writer Anthony Martin writes (see Examiner link above):
In addition, Curry noted that during the Iraq War the U.S. military used 70 million rounds of ammunition per year. Compare that with the 750 million rounds of hollow point bullets that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ordered in March. And then it further ordered another 750 million rounds of various types of ammunition, some of which can penetrate walls.
Natural News reports that all contract purchases for ammo has reached 1.4 BILLION rounds. I cannot confirm it but when you look at websites, it’s not difficult to believe it.
More from Keys to Liberty (linked above):
…they are purchasing Explosives as well, and have contracts out for Training Courses. Look what the course includes: “Counter Terrorist Search courses will include: components of Improvised Explosive Devices, Actions on a Find, relevant case studies (current threat), theory and practical exercises on vehicle search, route search, area search, venue search, and simple indirect fire surveys”. This order is also headed for Artesia, New Mexico, (mentioned in the above link) it is for various types of ammunition
Looking through the Homeland Security bid site, I see numerous smaller ammo solicitations. This one calls for multiple contracts for 1,000 rounds annually of “Commercial Leaded Training Ammunition,” guaranteed for a 4 years period. We also order 9MM “blank” ammo for training.
The IntelHub reports “In November 2011 the FBI posted a request to the FBO.gov website for up to 100,000,000 rounds of hollow point ammunition.” Also interesting, the FBI “reserves the right” to fixed price indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity type contract.” Ain’t it great to be Government? Remember the National Defense Resources Preparedness Act (NDRP) - they can confiscate all of America’s resources, including our waters, and they don’t have to pay you for it. In the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) legislation, there were provisions that no monies can be used for advocating FOR gun control. The NRA claims Obama issued a ‘Signing Statement’ overriding that Second Amendment safeguard.
Disclaimer: I cannot vouch for the the graphic above being a real Newsweek cover, but I see it numerous places, including at Veteran’s Today.
I’m not alone in calling for Congress to PAY ATTENTION and start talking. Many thanks to Laura Alcorn, the National Director of America Conservative2Conservative for her hard work and tips provided for this article. Also thanks to Before It’s News and to DeesIllustrations.com for the second photo. Read PumabyDesign – Motto of the Progressive Elitists “When all else fails, just shoot them.”
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