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calendar   Friday - February 15, 2013

Not Buying This BS

Five Rounds Per Person

No, not what the government wants to allow you to have. That’s the amount of ammunition they’re amassing.

The better to shoot you with? Oh never, not them!



Online rumors about a big government munitions purchase are true, sort of.

The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years. It says it needs them—roughly the equivalent of five bullets for every person in the United States—for law enforcement agents in training and on duty.

Really? Has DHS ever fired a single shot in the line of duty? Not that I’ve ever heard.

But they buy the ammo for all the alphabet agencies that “need” to carry guns, especially the kind of “assault weapons” you the citizen aren’t allowed to own. 73 agencies. Like the Post Office. And the Department of Education. And the VA. And the BLM. The EPA. The FDA. The NIH. The Library of Congress. The Bureau of Reclamation. The zoo at the Smithsonian. The 33 branches of the OIG, whose job is to inspect other parts of the government. Yeah, they all need guns too. And the list goes on and on and on.

Published federal notices about the ammo buy have agitated conspiracy theorists since the fall. That’s when conservative radio host Alex Jones spoke of an “arms race against the American people” and said the government was “gearing up for total collapse, they’re gearing up for huge wars.”

The government’s explanation is much less sinister. [ but is it honest? ]

Federal solicitations to buy the bullets are known as “strategic sourcing contracts,” which help the government get a low price for a big purchase, says Peggy Dixon, spokeswoman for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga . 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.

Let’s see ... 15 million times 100 is still only 1.5 billion, so we need at least another 100 million ... go with 105 mil, which is 7 ... that’s a ONE HUNDRED AND SEVEN YEAR SUPPLY. I know ammo lasts a long time, but please. That dog don’t hunt.

Dixon said one of the contracts would allow Homeland Security to buy up to 750 million rounds of ammunition over the next five years for its training facilities. The rounds are used for basic and advanced law enforcement training for federal law enforcement agencies under the department’s umbrella. The facilities also offer firearms training to tens of thousands of federal law enforcement officers. More than 90 federal agencies and 70,000 agents and officers used the department’s training center last year.

Really? 750 million divided by 5 is still 125 million rounds per year for 70,000 agents ... 1786 rounds per agent per year? 3/4 of a box per week? For guys who usually shoot two or three times a year for qualification? It still doesn’t really ad up, but if it’s true I guess we can expect the feds to soon be able to shoot much better than the LAPD ...
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The rest of the 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition would be purchased by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal government’s second largest criminal investigative agency.

ICE’s ammunition requests in the last year included:

--450 million rounds of .40-caliber duty ammunition

--40 million rounds of rifle ammunition a year for as many as five years, for a total bullet-buy of 200 million rounds

--176,000 rifle rounds on a separate contract

--25,000 blank rounds

This is the same ICE that can’t deport any illegals, and throws their agents in jail when they actually do shoot drug runners and coyotes sneaking across. So WTF do they need enough ammo to run a frakkin’ war for?

The Homeland Security ammo buy is not the first time the government’s bullets purchases have sparked concerns on the Internet. The same thing happened last year when the Social Security Administration posted a notice that it was buying 174,000 hollow point bullets.

Jonathan L. Lasher, the agency’s assistant inspector general for external relations, said those bullets were for the Social Security inspector general’s office, which has about 295 agents who investigate Social Security fraud and other crimes.

Do you seriously expect me to swallow this bilge-wash? 174,00/295=590, about 12 boxes of ammo per agent. And just when the heck does lame-ass Social Security ever actually shoot anyone? Or at anyone? Or anything? “Hold it right there granny! Put the $116.32 monthly check down and step away from the mailbox!!” You’ve got to be kidding me. Not even Oliar could tell a whopper like this.


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