According to American Thinker, the Department of Homeland Security’s ammunition acquisition has now soared to 1.4 billion rounds over the last six months.
Until now, Restoring Liberty has avoided posting articles regarding the various federal agencies’ ammunition procurements as earlier numbers seemed to be within the parameters of what could be expected for routine practice and training. However, at 1.4 billion, every employee of DHS (not just those with federal law enforcement authority) would have hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition each.
It’s also disturbing that hundreds of millions of these rounds are hollow-points, prohibited by the Geneva Convention.
Here’s how the American Thinker describes the volume of DHS’s ammunition purchase:
Let’s put these DHS numbers in perspective. An Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer displaces (weighs) 9,300 tons. 1.4 billion rounds weigh around 28,000 tons, three destroyers’ worth, so to speak. It takes over 1,200 18-wheel trucks to move that much ammunition. That’s the equivalent to a line of single trailer trucks, parked end to end, almost 14 miles long.
There are 314 million Americans, men, women and children living in the United States this morning. This year alone, DHS has purchased four rounds for each and every American. We don’t know how much more ammo the DHS may have accumulated during the preceding 36 months of the Obama Administration. This enormous DHS stockpile supplements the ammunition already held by the US Armed Forces, the National Guard, hundreds of local and state police departments, plus other Federal law enforcement agencies such as the ATF, Secret Service, FBI, TSA and the US Marshals Service.
Why did DHS purchase 28,000 tons of ammunition? Why did DHS purchase almost half a billion rounds of hollow point ammunition, banned by the Hague Convention of 1899 for use in international warfare, that is carefully designed to kill it intended targets? Americans have no good answers to these questions since the DHS is now refusing to respond to media inquires on the subject. Pull back the curtain of silence by asking your Congressmen and Senators these questions.
These huge inventories are extremely troubling from the standpoint of a free society. DHS and other Federal governmental agencies will be much less inclined to ever use this ammunition as long as Americans citizens stand firm in supporting our Second Amendment rights to bear arms. We must never forget that tyrants throughout modern history (Pol Pot, Hitler, Stalin and Mao) always disarmed their opponents before rounding them up and sending them to the killing fields.
Here’s a video that was put together by a concerned citizen that asks the question that Restoring Liberty would like answered: Why?