Feds buying 100 years worth of Ammo


(WND) -When the numbers are put in perspective, the federal government’s  extraordinary buildup of ammunition looks even more ominous than critics already  have portrayed it.

An  analysis by Forbes contributor Ralph Benko shows the 1.6 billion rounds of  ammo that the government is acquiring would be enough for more than 100 years of  training.

As  WND previously reported, it also would be enough ammunition to fight a war  for more than 20 years.

It would give the federal government enough ammunition to shoot every  American more than five times.

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The Department of Homeland Security argues  it is buying in bulk to save money, explaining it uses as many as 15 million  rounds a year for training law enforcement agents.

Forbes columnist Benko, who worked for two years in the U.S. Department of  Energy’s general counsel’s office in its procurement and finance division,  doubts the government’s explanation.

“To claim that it’s to “get a low price” for a ridiculously wasteful amount  is an argument that could only fool a career civil servant,” he writes.

But it’s not just the amount of ammo the feds are buying, it’s the type of  ammo that’s also is causing concern.

WND  has reported the DHS order apparently includes hollow-point bullets. As  WND recently reported, she believes the federal government is “stockpiling  bullets in case of civil unrest.”

Last month, Palin said the feds were afraid of what might happen if the  sequester went into effect and if the government eventually went broke.

She wrote on her Facebook page: “If we are going to wet our proverbial pants  over 0.3% in annual spending cuts when we’re running up trillion-dollar annual  deficits, then we’re done. Put a fork in us. We’re finished. We’re going to  default eventually, and that’s why the feds are stockpiling bullets in case of  civil unrest.”

Weeks before Palin’s warning, WND  CEO Joseph Farah paired the ammo buildup with a statement made by then-candidate  Barack Obama in 2008 calling for a “civilian national security force” as  big, as strong and as well-funded as the Defense Department.

In Colorado July 2, 2008, Obama said: “We cannot continue to rely only on our  military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve  got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as  strong, just as well-funded.”

Farah asked: “Why does the civilian Department of Homeland Security need  billions of rounds of ammunition? This is the agency that is responsible for  policing the border. But it doesn’t. This is the agency that is responsible for  catching terrorists. But it doesn’t. So why does Homeland Security need so many  weapons and enough hollow-point rounds to plug every American six times?”

The federal stockpiling of ammunition could cause a problem for local law  enforcement agencies. WND  reported in January that police and sheriff departments around the country  were beginning to experience an ammo shortage.

Brownells, the largest supplier of firearm accessories in the world, reported  it had sold several years’ worth of ammunition in just a matter of hours.

The company released a statement apologizing for the delay in fulfilling  orders, explaining it had experienced “unprecedented” demand for AR-15  ammunition magazines since earlier in the week.

Gun companies are already fighting back. Olympic Arms of New York, which  sells AR-15s and other firearms, says it will no longer sell guns to  police. A company statement says that’s because legislation “recently passed  in New York outlaws the AR-15 and many other firearms and “will make it illegal  for the good and free citizens of New York to own a large selection of legal and  safe firearms and magazines.”

“Olympic Arms would like to announce,” the statement said, “that the State of  New York, any Law Enforcement Departments, Law Enforcement Officers, First  Responders within the State of New York, or any New York State government entity  or employee of such an entity – will no longer be served as customers.”

In Texas, LaRue  Tactical is refusing to sell its AR rifles to police in states that limit  the features of civilian rifles.

Magpul, a gun magazine manufacturer based in Erie, Colo.,   says it will not sell gun magazines to law enforcement officers unless they  pledge to uphold the Second and 14th amendments to the U.S.  Constitution.

Magpul also vows to leave Colorado if House Bill 1224 passes. The bill would  limit gun magazines to 15 rounds.

WND has reported growing federal police power across dozens of government  agencies for more than a decade and a half.

In 1997, WND exposed the fact that  60,000 federal agents were enforcing more than 3,000 criminal laws. The  report prompted Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America to remark: “Good grief,  that’s a standing army. … It’s outrageous.”

Also in 1997, as part of a ongoing series on the militarization of the  federal government, WND reported  armed, “environment crime” cops employed by the Environmental Protection Agency  and a federal law enforcement program had trained 325,000 prospective federal  police since 1970.

WND also reported on thousands  of armed officers in the Inspectors’ General office and a gun-drawn raid on a  local flood control center to haul off 40 boxes of paperwork.

WND further reported a plan by  then-Delaware Sen. Joe Biden to hire hundreds of armed Hong Kong policemen in  dozens of U.S. federal agencies to counter Asian organized crime in America.

In 1999, Farah warned there  were more than 80,000 armed federal law enforcement agents, constituting “the  virtual standing army over which the founding fathers had nightmares.” Today,  that number has nearly doubled.

Also in 1999 WND reported plans  made for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to use military and  police forces to deal with Y2K.

In 2000, Farah discussed a Justice  Department report on the growth of federal police agents under President  Clinton, something Farah labeled “the biggest arms buildup in the history of the  federal government – and it’s not taking place in the Defense Department.”

A 2001 report warned of a  persistent campaign by the Department of the Interior, this time following 9/11,  to gain police powers for its agents.

In 2008, WND reported on  proposed rules to expand the military’s use inside U.S. borders to prevent “environmental damage” or respond to “special events” and to establish policies  for “military support for civilian law enforcement.”



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