No thanks to the MSM, but publicized by conservatives blogs like FOTM, more and more Americans now know that civilian bureaucracies of the federal government, especially the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), are amassing an arsenal of shotguns and hollow-point bullets that are designed to expand as they enter the body, causing maximum damage by tearing apart internal organs.
First, it was the Department of Education buying shotguns in March 2010. Then in March 2012 came news that the DHS ordered 450 million rounds of .40 caliber ammunition. The next month, April 2012, it was the USDA buying 300,000 rounds of ammo. In July 2012 came news that the DHS added high-powered battle rifles to its arsenal. On August 8, 2012, the DHS ordered over half a ton of high explosives. On August 10, 2012, the DHS put in an order for even more ammunition – hundreds of millions of rounds. On August 15, 2012, the Social Security Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also put in their orders for tens of thousands of hollow-point bullets.
These federal agencies must have heard from alarmed citizens because they are now vociferously tamping down speculation over the ammo purchases.
FoxNews.com reports, August 17, 2012, that Infowars.com speculated that the ammo purchases were being made in preparation for “civil unrest,” imagining a scenario of economic collapse where seniors could cause “disorder” if denied their Social Security benefits. So the federal agencies are now trying to allay public fears and apprehension over the ammo purchases by assuring the American people that the ammunition is “standard issue” and simply used for mandatory federal training sessions.
A message on the official blog for Social Security’s inspector general office explained that their agents need firearms and ammo in the course of training, investigations and responding to threats against offices and employees: “Our special agents need to be armed and trained appropriately. As we said in a recent post, our office has criminal investigators, or special agents, who are responsible for investigating violations of the laws that govern SSA’s programs.”
The agency said it has 295 special agents across 66 offices in the country. “These investigators have full law enforcement authority, including executing search warrants and making arrests,” the statement said.
As for concern about the type of bullets — hollow points, which expand upon impact — the statement said the type is “standard issue” and is used during “mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, found itself scrambling to respond to a similar report this week about an order for 46,000 rounds of ammo. Though the agency initially indicated it was for the National Weather Service — leading to questions about why the National Weather Service could possibly need so many bullets — a spokesman clarified the bullets are actually meant for the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement. A “clerical error” resulted in the order saying the ammo was for the weather service.
Spokesman Scott Smullen said the error’s been fixed in the bidding system. He, too, said the ammo is “standard issue” and will be used by 63 enforcement personnel at NOAA during qualifications and training sessions.
“NOAA officers and agents enforce the nation’s ocean and fishing laws to ensure a level playing field for fishermen and to protect marine species like whales, dolphins and turtles,” he said.
According to NOAA, the specialized agents are supposed to have 200 rounds in their “duty bag,” and qualification and training requires another 500-600 rounds per agent.
I say the more transparency about what government does, the better. I also heard from the grapevine that some of DHS’s gun and ammo purchases is due to DHS having a seemingly unlimited budget. So the DHS turns around and simply gives some of its arms purchases to local police across America.
What concerns me about this are:
- Why is the DHS so flushed with cash when the federal government is $16 trillion in debt?
- Will the DHS’s “largesse” to local police at the expense of taxpayers lead to local law enforcement feeling beholden and increasingly dependent on the federal government?
- These ammo purchases by federal agencies will drive up the price of guns and bullets for citizen consumers.