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Friday, February 08, 2013

A Legitimate Question About Why The Feds Are Stocking Up With So Much Ammunition

By Susan Duclos

My friend Andrew Malcolm over at Investors Business Daily asks a very good question, "Why are the feds loading up on so much ammo?"

Andrew is not a conspiracy theorist, although he acknowledges the actions on the part of the Obama administration feeds "all sorts of conspiracy theories, mainly centered on federal anticipation of some kind of domestic insurrection."

Via IBD:

In a puzzling, unexplained development, the Obama administration has been buying and storing vast amounts of ammunition in recent months, with the Department of Homeland Security just placing another order for an additional 21.6 million rounds.

Several other agencies of the federal government also began buying large quantities of bullets last year. The Social Security Administration, for instance, not normally considered on the frontlines of anything but dealing with seniors, explained that its purchase of millions of rounds was for special agents' required quarterly weapons qualifications. They must be pretty poor shots.

But DHS has been silent about its need for numerous orders of bullets in the multiple millions. Indeed, Examiner writer Ryan Keller points out Janet Napolitano's agency illegally redacted information from some ammunition solicitation forms following media inquiries.

According to one estimate, just since last spring DHS has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm. That's sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times. Including illegal immigrants.

To provide some perspective, experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, DHS is armed now for a 24-year Iraq war.

Malcolm's headline question is legitimate and the longer the Obama administration refuses to address it in a transparent manner, the more theories will be hatched.

Perhaps we should all be stockpiling ammunition.