Ammunition Purchases by Homeland Security Does Not Make Sense

Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security, has finally responded to a letter dated November 13, 2012 from Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) regarding the agency's high volume of ammunition purchases.

Her response was published by Sen. Coburn on the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs website.

The letter states that the high volume of purchases is designed to “significantly lower costs.”

The letter goes on to say that the “DHS estimates it will spend $37,263,698 on ammunition in FY 2013. Last year [2012], DHS spent $36,535,910, a decrease from 2011's ammunition expense of $38,237,305.”

The government never purchases anything at a lower cost. Governments have very little regard for cost since it’s not their money.

Biden’s two-day limousine service when he was in Europe cost we the tax payers $321,665. Are we to assume that this was a volume discount?

Biden’s London lodging cost us $459,388 for “136 hotel rooms for 893 room nights” at the Hyatt Regency London.

His one-night stay at the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand was at a cost savings of $585,000. I don’t even want to know what the low volume rate would have been.

There is another problem with Napolitano’s explanation. She claims the bullets are for training purposes. When I purchase ammunition for training purposes, I use less expensive practice rounds. The following is from Infowars:

“Most of the bullets purchased are hollow point rounds which are twice as expensive as full metal jacket bullets, rendering the claim the agency is buying in bulk to save money redundant.”

“As former Marine Richard Mason told reporters with WHPTV News in Pennsylvania earlier this month, ‘We never trained with hollow points, we didn’t even see hollow points my entire four and a half years in the Marine Corps.’”

There’s another possibility here. I try to avoid conspiracy theories, but I had the thought as others have had that maybe the high volume of ammunition purchases is a backdoor way of restricting gun use. No ammo = no gun use.

Government officials have tens of millions of dollars to spend. Remember, it’s not their money. By buying up available supplies, it’s harder for the guy in the street to find ammo to buy.

“Earlier this week, a weapons manufacturer who supplies ammunition to the federal government told the nationally syndicated Savage Nation radio show that the ammo purchases were an attempt to ‘control the amount of market that’s available on the commercial market at any time,’ by forcing manufacturers to hold back stock.”

We've got drones traversing the skies of America. Email mining. A 20 million-name donor list being compiled by Obama for who knows what. Executive Orders coming out of the wazoo. A coverup of Benghazi. A push for further limits on the Second Amendment. With these suspicious activities, somehow we're supposed to trust "Big Sis" Napolitano.


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