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What's up with the ammo?


POSTED: Friday, April 26, 2013 - 3:35pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 1:44pm

This week we found out through news reports the 2.6 billion rounds, ordered by Department of Homeland Security, was not right.

The reason, reports say the sequester cut that about down to only 260-million bullets.

260-million bullets is still a lot.

Let's break it down this way.

According to a report, Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz said, "Thursday that the Department of Homeland Security is using roughly 1,000 rounds of ammunition more per person than the U.S. Army."

He says, "It is entirely inexplicable why the Department of Homeland Security needs so much ammunition."

The hearing itself was unusual, as questions about the department's ammunition purchases, until recently had bubbled largely under the radar.

Chaffetz, who chairs one of the House oversight sub-committees holding the hearing Thursday, revealed that the department currently has more than 260-million rounds in stock.

He said the department bought more than 103-million rounds in 2012 and used 116-million that same year, among roughly 70,000 agents.

Comparing that with the small-arms purchases procured by the U.S. Army, he said the DHS is churning through between 1,300 and 1,600 rounds per officer, while the U.S. Army goes through roughly 350 rounds per soldier.

I still ask here why do Napalitano's agents need so much ammo.

We deserve to know.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

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The feds are definately up to something, or expecting something to happen. My guess is we will never hear any response from the DHS. You are lucky if you can even find 22 cal. Something is up for sure.

The government plays some role in this , but it's also private buyers hoarding the ammo. There are more firearms than ever in circulation now, and sales of both firearms and ammo by private buyers have increased by about 50% over the past few years. The firearms business is a very conservative one, and they will not increase production even though demand has surged. Even if they were willing, there's not enough black powder and primer. Just my two cents worth.

There seems to be a non-transparent agenda in the Department of Homeland Security. All those bullets mean some one is going to do a lot of shooting and some one is going to get shot, probably a lot of some ones. I'd like more over sight into what's going on. Unless your mama raised at least one fool , you might trust..... but verify, before it's too late.

And DHS and obama has invisiable men and women spying on us, they are around every corner. I have invented contact lenses for sale that will allow you to see them. They are also erecting invisiable fences around the homes of every gun owner in America. These fenses will be 20 foot high and have invisiable electricity applied to them.

Another day of dumber than dirt Don's moronic posts. I'll never wonder where the term dimwit came from again. How miserable his parents must have been to know they laid this loser on the world.

Obviously, don's sarcasm went over your head.

I just saw it as asinine, like everything he posts.

Judging from the posters below, I think Americans have it figured-out. Now we can all helplessly watch congress have hearings, watch Napalitano lie, watch nothing change.

DHS has 260 million rounds they don't need and there is a shortage of ammo available to gun owners. I may be wrong, but I see a connection.

I suspect they ordered over a Billion rounds so as to dry up the civilian market of ammo. See if no ammo then gun control would work (in their view.) Now criminals would still get smuggled or stolen ammo (they don't need much to kill with) but regular folk who practice and shoot for recreation would have none. With no ammo it makes it hard to attract new people in the shooting world. To the liberals that means less VOTES in time.

So that is their plan. And use the DHS excuse it's for training.

See by ordering a billion or so rounds ammo manufacturing companies have to move their finite allotments of powder, primers, brass, and slugs to fill the DHS wish list. But now the companies will have a glut of that stuff to unload on the civilian market. Watch for prices to tumble.... unless the Democrats find another branch of the government to order another Billion or two rounds of ammo.

Buy up all the ammo, who needs bills passed by congress restricting what type firearms you can buy or even stricter background checks to buy firearms. With no ammo available doesn't make much difference does it, can't fire whatever weapon anyway. Can't remember a time when 22 cal. ammo so hard to find though and that's been over fifty plus years. Don't recall any gov't agency using this cal. weapon as a sidearm ? Most Gov't departments use the 9mm.

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