Congressmen Demand DHS Explain 1.6 Billion Bullets Solicitations

Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ) has come out and demanded that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano explain why the Department of Homeland Security has been engaging in huge amounts of purchases of ammunition over the past year. Rep. Lance has called on Congress to get involved in ascertaining DHS' stockpiling of ammunition which is enough to wage a 20 year plus war, which has most certainly caused a shortage in the public market.


"I think Congress should ask the Department about both of those issues and I would like a full explanation as to why that has been done and I have every confidence that the oversight committee ….should ask those questions," said Lance.

"Congress has a responsibility to ask Secretary Napolitano as to exactly why these purchases have occurred," added the New Jersey congressman.

Lance said the he was "concerned" and that he wanted to make sure that Americans continued to live in a country that was based upon freedom and individual rights. He also hoped that DHS would step forward and answer the question candidly.

Congressman Lance is not the only representative in Washington asking 'Big Sis' why she is purchasing large amounts of ammunition. We Are Change's Luke Rudkowski interviewed Congressman Timothy Huelscamp (R-KS) at the 2013 CPAC on his decision to vote against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and also asked they also discussed Obama's Disposition Matrix and the large ammunition purchases made by the DHS.

When asked why DHS needs the type of armament that they do against the American people, the Kansas congressman said, "The have no answer for the question. They refuse to answer that. I've got a list of questions of various agencies about multiple things. Far from being the most transparent administration in the world, they are the most closed natured, opaque and they refuse to let us know what's going on there. So I don't have answers for that. Multiple members of Congress are asking those questions."

"When it comes down to it, during the budget process, during the appropriations process, are we willing to hold DHS' feet to the fire?" he asked. "We're going to find out if we get an answer. I say we don't fund them till we get an answer."

The conversation pointed out the complaints about sequestration and added in addition to the billions of round purchased there are also $50 million new uniforms on order from the DHS.

Recently Forbes called for a “National Conversation” in light of DHS’ ammo spending spree. Ralph Benko writes, "It is utterly inconceivable that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is planning a coup d’etat against President Obama, and the Congress, to install herself as Supreme Ruler of the United States of America. There, however, are real signs that the Department bureaucrats are running amok. About 20 years ago this columnist worked, for two years, in the U.S. Department of Energy’s general counsel’s office in its procurement and finance division. And is wise to the ways. The answer to “why would DHS need such a vehicle?” almost certainly is this: it’s a cool toy and these (reportedly) million dollar toys are being recycled, without much of a impact on the DHS budget. So… why not?"

"Why, indeed," he continues, "should the federal government not be deploying armored personnel carriers and stockpiling enough ammo for a 20-year war in the homeland? Because it’s wrong in every way. President Obama has an opportunity, now, to live up to some of his rhetoric by helping the federal government set a noble example in a matter very close to his heart (and that of his Progressive base), one not inimical to the Bill of Rights: gun control. The federal government can (for a nice change) begin practicing what it preaches by controlling itself."

"Remember the Sequester?" Benko asks. "The president is claiming its budget cuts will inconvenience travelers by squeezing essential services provided by the (opulently armed and stylishly uniformed) DHS. Quality ammunition is not cheap. (Of course, news reports that DHS is about to spend $50 million on new uniforms suggests a certain cavalier attitude toward government frugality.) Spending money this way is beyond absurd well into perverse."

As you recall, former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin was criticized for posting on her Facebook page, "We're going to default eventually and that's why the feds are stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest." In the wake of that, last week the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), a lobbying organization which represents governors affiliated with the Democratic Party, started an ad campaign calling on Americans to sign a petition demanding Sarah Palin be denounced for "extremist" rhetoric.

DHS solicited in February for 240,000 rounds of ammunition and recently DHS put in a solicitation for 7,000 "personal defense weapons" that shoot 5.56 NATO ammunition that have "fire select" capability along with high capacity 30 round magazines. Remember these are for "homeland" use, not foreign.

Back in December DHS solicited for 250 million rounds of .40 caliber ammunition. In September, DHS solicited for nearly 200 million rounds of sniper ammunition. In August 70 million rounds of high power ammunition were also solicited and in March DHS solicited 450 million rounds of hollow point bullets.

Additional government agencies have also solicited for large amounts of ammunition. While it is expected that law enforcement at the Federal level would purchase ammunition, it is the large purchases in a short amount of time from an Marxist regime and a Federal department charged with "homeland security" to be purchasing this much and many of the rounds are hollow points.

DHS, via a February Associate Press article claimed that they were merely purchasing in bulk to save money and that these purchases were merely for training purposes, something I was also told last year by one reader who claims to have been in law enforcement. However, a former Marine, Richard Mason, told reporters at WHPTV, that he has his doubts.

“We never trained with hollow points, we didn’t even see hollow points my entire four and a half years in the Marine Corps,” stated Military Vet Richard Mason. “Why would they need all those hollow points, why would the need all those ball rounds just for training?”

The House just got through passing a Continuing Resolution which fully funds the implementation of Obamacare. I'm thinking it might be time against for Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) to bring on another filibuster to make the American people aware of the lack of transparency on the Obama administration's part in acquiring these billions of rounds to be used in the service of homeland security. I'll stand with Rand again. Will you?

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  • Leon Welch

    I contacted my Reps Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss about this. We all should make this our number one priority. I did not pull any punches when I informed them as to what will happen if the DHS fires on American citizens in any way, shape, fashion or form no matter what the excuse. As far as I am concerned this will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Defund this outfit now, not tomorrow or next week, right now.

  • Garry Shumann

    The US military cannot use hollowpoint ammo as per the Geneva convention, This action on the part of the government effectively dries up ammo to the civilian market. Civil war is coming, get prepared & keep your powder dry.

  • Francis Murray

    Impeachment and high Treason now for obama and Senate Next High Treason. All czars need to be trialed for High Treason on US people is High Treason and can be punished to death .

  • Mike Pirlot

    homeland security should be hauled in front of congress and forced to answer

  • freedomproj

    Defund the DHS. period. It is not needed.

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  • bob2

    DHS has 70,000 badged employees issued weapons. FLETC is a
    training facility that trains every federal agency, most state and local
    police forces,and some Allied overseas police and federal agents.
    They burn through a lot of ammo. Anyone who actually ever shot at a
    range knows how easy it is to go through a box of 50. If you go to a
    tactical school, they ask you to bring 1000 rds for 3 days. If you,
    Joe Plumber at TacSchoolBravo run through 300 rds a day, how many rounds
    a day do you think 70K+ police can run through?

    And, why hollow points? B/c any one who shoots for personal defense
    (which is what police are supposed to determine when applying deadly
    force, imminent threat to self or others, i.e. defense) knows you train
    with the same ammo you carry. Plink with whatever you want, but only
    load carry ammo in your carry weapon.

    Are you all really that spoon fed you fail to apply the same logic from your own personal experiences to training LEOs?

    • Controse

      So are we to believe that hollow point bullets are some how different in accuracy than solid point bullets? That sighting a weapon with solid points would introduce errors when firing hollow points? Are you really that spoon fed full of Obama-love that you don't see what is happening? There is no rational for billions of bullets unless there is a plan to deprive the private market of bullets and/or put a death squad on every block in America.

    • bob2

      Didn't say anything about accuracy. Load and weight will affect POI at handgun encounter range, not bullet shape.Using the same round in training and carry is what's important.

      And if they can get *b*illions of bullets for *m*illions of dollars, that's the first smart spending decsion DHS has ever made in it's incompetent history. As a civilian, the $$ difference between FMJ and JHP was $60 a 1000 back in February.

      Oh, and the spoon-fed comment was taken from one of the other poorly researched post on the same topic linked above. I'll retract that, it was inflamatory. And no Obama lover here, just one who likes to base discussion on facts.

  • jdsonice

    Congress should ask that question. But before we say there is a conspiracy here lets find out what the administration says.

    As far as Palin goes, NO ONE and I mean NO ONE should listen to her. She is stupid beyond words. There are a lot of smart sensible conservative folks out there who care about this country and its people. Lets listen to them, no losers like Palin and the idiot Rumbua.

    • Controse

      So Gov. Palin is stupid beyond words and yet has been right on every issue of national concern since she appeared on the national scene. Don't you see how confused you sound? What founding principal of our great country is Gov. Palin so antithetical to in your understanding?

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