Homeland Security and its cache of bullets
WASHINGTON (AP) — Online rumors about a big government munitions purchase are true, sort of.
The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years. It says it needs them — roughly the equivalent of five bullets for every person in the United States — for law enforcement agents in training and on duty.
Published federal notices about the ammo buy have agitated conspiracy theorists since the fall. That’s when conservative radio host Alex Jones spoke of an “arms race against the American people” and said the government was “gearing up for total collapse, they’re gearing up for huge wars.”
The government’s explanation is much less sinister.
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As a military weapons instructor for more than 20 years, I can assure that the type of ammo that Homeland Security is purchasing is
NOT FOR TRAINING!
For training you use ‘ball’ rounds (solid nose), NOT hollowpoints. Hollowpoints are designed for maximum damage when they hit a target (body, human or otherwise). They are expensive and not wasted on ‘paper’ targets.
“The government’s explanation is much less sinister.” is absolute and utter CRAP!
Consider that the military (not American), allowed 120 rounds annually for each soldier to maintain his/her prowess; therefore, the figures quoted for purchases, indicate that this is far more than required for training. Either that or their training is also CRAP and that they are nothing but wannabe cowboys.