What's up with the ammo?
POSTED: Friday, April 26, 2013 - 2:35pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 12:44pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — 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?