April 29, 2013 3 Comments
The Department of Homeland Security has around 70,000 agents and goes through between 1300-1600 rounds of ammunition per officer. This according to DHS procurement officer Nick Nayak. Keep in mind the Army goes through around 350 rounds of ammo per officer each year. One first might wonder why DHS goes through so much more ammo than the Army. One might also wonder why the bulk of their supposed training needs to be done with expensive hollow point bullets. Nayak confirms that the five year purchasing of bullets by DHS would amount to 750 million bullets. Less than the 1.6 million reported by Drudge but hardly a small amount. DHS purchasing is probably somewhere between what Nayak said and what has been reported.
There has been a run on guns and on ammo in the last year or two. Ammo in particular has been difficult to come by. It’s becoming increasingly clear that one form of gun control this administration is taking is the purchase of large amounts of ammunition. By making ammo difficult to come by, it decreases the amount of guns purchased and the amount of damage a gun can do. If a gun has no bullets, it’s useless to a potential user. In the least this is what their thinking is. That Obama has scared Americans into thinking guns are going to be heavily controlled, which has resulted in their purchase with or without bullets has been an unintended consequence of his gun control push.
It isn’t just DHS that’s making absurd purchases of ammunition. The Social Security Administration recently made a large purchase of ammunition. Why does the SSA need a large stockpile of expensive ammunition? It doesn’t of course but that’s not the point. The administration is spreading out these purchases throughout government so as to not draw attention to what they’re doing. It’s largely gone unnoticed. The only people talking about it are on the right, the mainstream press hasn’t reported any of this. With the “enemy” marginalized by lack of media coverage, most of the country has no idea what the administration is doing.
Obama didn’t touch the gun control issue before the last election. He didn’t need to because his government was buying ammunition in absurd levels, thus creating nationwide bullet shortages. The left has been threatening for years to tax or otherwise control ammunition sales. The Obama administration did just that without engaging in a messy, losing battle with Congress. All they had to do was make ridiculous purchases with tax money thus creating a shortage which results in the control the left wants. This happened long before Obama’s gun control push after the Newtown shooting.
Congress is just figuring out that Obama’s gun control push didn’t begin in December, it began when he took office. As such, the House ought to consider refusing to fund ammo purchases for various government agencies. The purse strings are controlled by Congress. Rather than handing off a lump sum to DHS and other agencies to spend as they see fit, the House should specifically ban the purchase of ammunition by government agencies or limit how many rounds may be purchased. This would kill Obama’s ammunition control push and allow the market to recover from these absurd and unnecessary purchases by the government. If the Republicans are going to make a stand for gun rights, they also need to make a stand for the right to access ammunition without government interference.