"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."
--Joseph Stalin

Sunday, January 27, 2013

For What War Is DHS Preparing?

Will Malven
1/27/2013

At the risk of sounding somewhat reminiscent of Alex Jones--hey, even a conspiracy nut can be right on occasion--and as a consequence of the Obama Administrations new (since being reelected) zeal towards restricting our Second Amendment Rights, I am forced to address the issue which first captured some conservatives notice several months ago.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has placed orders for, in the last year, 1.2 billion (yes that's BILLION) rounds of ammunition to be delivered over the next 5 years.  One way (and admittedly a paranoid way) of looking at that number is to calculate that the number of rounds ordered is equivalent to 4 rounds for every man, woman and child in the United States.

Another way of looking at that number is to understand that throughout an entire year of the Iraq War, U.S. troops used a total of 75 million rounds of ammunition. Now DHS  does run the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center but on their web page they state that they require 20,000,000 rounds each year for training purposes . . . umm that means that the standing order for 1.2 billion rounds is a sixty year supply.

So I must ask again, "For what war is the DHS preparing?"  At a time when local law enforcement officers and agencies are struggling to find sufficient ammunition to train their officers--some are resorting to "dry-fire" exercises to make up the deficit--why does our federal law enforcement need so many rounds?

Business Insider has the source report for this article:

The Department Of Homeland Security Is Hard At Work With One Billion New Bullets

Robert Johnson | Jan. 6, 2013, 9:38 AM

Last March we found 450 million rounds of .40 caliber ammunition slated for delivery to the Department of Homeland Service and its agencies.

Weeks later we found an additional request for 750 million rounds. The news wasn't reported much, though the order forms are still floating around.

It's not as demand for ammunition by the DHS is terribly new. Manufacturer Winchester posted an award to its site in 2009 agreeing to deliver 200 million rounds for the agency over five years. But if that's accurate it's an additional order that's still coming in on top of the others.

Major General Jerry Curry, (Ret) offered up a good point when the 750 million order became public last fall saying that number of bullets was more than 10 times what U.S. troops used in a full year of Iraqi combat.
While I am not generally given to fits of paranoia or belief in conspiracy theories, even the most avid supporter of President Obama and his Administration's policies has to admit, "That's a hell of a lot of ammunition."

Think about those numbers I cited.  Total orders equal sixteen times as much ammunition as our troops consumed in a year of fighting in Iraq.  The order equals sixty times the amount DHS reports they require for training.  

As I've cited in previous posts, our Founding Fathers believed that eternal vigilance was the price of our freedom and liberty and in my "vigilance" is am disturbed at what I am seeing.
  • Repeated and concerted efforts by the President, the Vice-President, and member of Congress to ignore, overrule, or otherwise circumvent our rights as protected in the Second Amendment.
  • Local police agencies fighting shortages of ammunition for practice
  • Federal law enforcement agencies hoarding hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition.
Equally concerning is the growing contempt I see among our elected officials, in the courts, and in the press for our Constitution.  Those on the left appear to see our Constitution as an impediment to their goals rather than a source of our strength.  They view the Constitution, at best, as a quaint, antiquated document of interest solely (if at all) as an historical curiosity, "imperfect," "flaw[ed]", and of doubtful value as a model for other nations to emulate.

Liberals would, I suspect, much prefer that we do away with that old, out-dated, out-moded "charter of negative liberties" and replace it with something granting government the power and relegating citizens to impotence (I have actually had a close liberal friend describe our Constitution as a "dusty old document" that was "dated and irrelevant").

Americans of all ilk had better wake up.  This "charter of negative liberties," this "imperfect" and flawed document of doubtful value is the source of our rights . . . all of our rights, both liberals and conservatives.  It protects us against government intrusions into our beliefs, our speech, our houses, our property, and yes, our guns.

What is it about liberals that they cannot understand the importance of the Second Amendment?  Do they honestly believe that everyone in government is out for their best interests and that they should fear their fellow citizens more than any government intrusion into their lives?  Can they possibly be that naive?

Or is it that they are blinded by their faith in government and their adherence to the demonstrably failed and out-dated ideologies of the communist movements of mid-twentieth century utopians?

Am I afraid?  No, but I am concerned.  I am attentive.  I am cautionary.  Whenever I am confronted by something which makes no sense--such as the DHS purchasing billions of rounds of ammunition, far in excess of any rationally foreseen requirement--I am motivated to ask questions.

In this case, the inescapable question is, "For what war are Janet Napolitan, President Obama, Eric Holder, and the DHS preparing?"


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