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A national discussion on US government gun purchases

Photo of US soldier armed to the teeth

Armed to the teeth: US federal government attempts to disarm US citizens as it purchases heavy arms at an alarming rate

If you haven’t heard about the recent guns and ammo purchases by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), don’t feel like you’re out of touch. It may be because most of the mouthpiece media outlets chose to ignore it. For those of you who haven’t seen the news; the domestic security agency DHS has issued a standing purchase order for nearly 2 billion hollow point bullets. This is in addition to an order for 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles. Oh, don’t forget the 2,712 mine resistant personnel carriers complete with gun ports, that are more at home in Afghanistan than on Main Street, USA. All supplied by you, the taxpayer.

Of course, this frantic purchasing of heavy guns and ammo is occurring at the same time government royalty figures like Dianne Feinstein are demanding, “Turn ’em in Mr. & Mrs. America”. From New York City Roman Emperor Michael Bloomberg to his Supreme Highness, Barack Obama; officials charged with guarding your constitutional rights are busy trying to take them away from you.

But back to these DHS purchases. The US federal government is buying enough hollow point bullets to kill every man, woman, and child in the US five times over. That’s right. There’s five bullets for each of you. And wait a minute: aren’t hollow point bullets illegal for use in war, by international treaty? Oops. Well, the US federal agency DHS isn’t going to use them internationally – they plan to use them against domestic terrorists. So, no worries!

And while your AR-15 and AK-47 is in government sights for confiscation, the DHS is actually purchasing real assault rifles. You know, the kind that can shoot all the bullets in its big magazine while simply squeezing the trigger. You can’t do that with the pedestrian AR-15 and AK-47s being peddled by government pundits as “dangerous assault rifles”. The dangerous assault rifles are the 7,000 going to a domestic security agency that wouldn’t even be in existence if our elected officials in Washington did something other than buy each other drinks in expensive restaurants on the taxpayer dime.

But wait. There’s a reasonable explanation for all these purchases. Those DHS folks are just trying to save the taxpayers money by purchasing in bulk. You’ve got to hand it to them. Practice makes perfect and this will give them 100,000,000 hollow point bullets to shoot per year for the next 20 years. And if gun owners tell you that you use less expensive metal jacket bullets on the shooting range – just tell them that you trust the government to make the right purchases.

Mainstream news media has largely ignored this story but an op-ed piece written by Ralph Benko has appeared on Forbes.com. Mr. Benko writes,“ at the height of the Iraq War the Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month.  Therefore 1.6 billion rounds would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years – in America.”

Mr. Benko goes on to point out, “Why, indeed, 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.”

Finally, Benko urges “Cancelling, or at minimum, drastically scaling back — by 90% or even 99%, the DHS order for ammo, and its receipt and deployment of armored personnel carriers.” A national discussion must take place over this frightening turn of events. It’s time we summoned our elected royal figures in Congress and the Senate and demand to know what they are doing to put a stop to this insane behavior from an unelected and unaccountable federal agency.

Before it’s too late.

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