1.6 Billion Reasons to Be Concerned

Written by Nathan Clark on March 22, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s Sequester Season, that period of idiot-induced suffering inflicted upon the American taxpayer by inept, foolish and even nefarious elected officials. Our meat supply is now unsafe due to inspector furloughs, as is our porous border to the south. The military budget is being chopped, leaving those who protect us without protection when it comes to getting paid for their service and sacrifice. “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” an evil hag once intoned.

So with all these “selective” austerity measures being deployed to maximize taxpayer suffering, what is the Department of Homeland Security planning to do with enough small arms ammunition to support a 20-year shooting war? And why are armored assault vehicles known as MRAPs (Mine Resistant Protected) from the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns now appearing on the streets of American cities, bristling and ominous? If Dianne Feinstein thinks an AR-15 looks “threatening” enough to ban under the etymology of “assault weapon”, how does she propose that we quietly acquiesce to these actual “assault weapons”?

Is the President raising a private army on our own soil for his personal deployment, Congress be damned? What are we to make of the actions of Janet “Reno” Napolitano?

Whom is she planning on “protecting” on the streets of America with all these battlefield vehicles (read: tanks) and guns? If there is any kind of domestic threat that requires such an incredible stockpile of munitions, shouldn’t the American people be alerted to it?

As an admitted cynic of government (particularly this administration), I initially thought that the open order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition was an attempt by the White House to dry up the supply available to law-abiding gun owners while also driving prices sharply higher. It would be one way to exercise gun control by circumventing the legislative process. If you can’t buy bullets for your gun, what good is it? That was until the armored personnel carriers started showing up on Main Street America. What does the DHS intend to do with these mine-resistant, bullet-proof combat vehicles?

In exposing this exorbitant munitions order by the DHS, the Associated Press quoted Peggy Dixon, spokeswoman for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center as saying that the huge order was essentially done to secure a volume discount. Really? That must be the mother of all price breaks.

So how much ammo does the DHS actually consume on a regular basis? Dixon responded by saying “The training center and others like it run by the Homeland Security Department use as many as 15 million rounds every year, mostly on shooting ranges and in training exercises.”

So, in this period of fiscal cliffs and sequesters, DHS is buying a 100-year supply of bullets?! And they are requisitioning frontline combat vehicles to deploy here at home? Not to mention spending $50 million on brand new uniforms? (I wonder if the new uniform shirts are brown……)

This has every appearance of the government engaging in an arms race … with its own citizens. The very thought of that is chilling, in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. Congress needs to pull Janet Napolitano out of her bunker … er, office, and start asking her whose standing army she is fitting out with our money? And for what purpose?

I have 1.6 billion questions I’d like answered.

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Nathan Clark is a conservative commentator who resides with his wife in New Hampshire. He is passionate about preserving the vision of our nation's Founders and advancing those tried and true principles deep into America's future. His interests range broadly from flyfishing, cooking and shooting to pro sports, gardening, live music and fine-scale modeling.