Californian Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and 14 of his House peers have written a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) demanding to know why the federal agency is buying so many rounds of ammunition and whether the purchases are part of a deliberate attempt to restrict supply to the American people. While sources close to Janet Napolitano say “The Secretary is likely to disregard such in inquires unless compelled by the courts,” Congressman LaMalfa remains optimistic.
The DHS has committed to purchasing around 2 billion rounds of ammunition over the course of the last year. Federal, non-military agencies, have purchased enough ammunition recently to not only shoot every American five times, but also engage in a prolonged, domestic war. Experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, the DHS is armed now for a 24-year Iraq war.
Experts believe the purchases are exacerbating ammo shortages across the country, supplies already strained by record sales prompted as a result of the Obama administration’s gun control agenda. “The extraordinary level of ammunition purchases made by Homeland Security seems to have, in states such as my own, created an extreme shortage of ammunition to the point where many gun owners are unable to purchase any,” LaMalfa wrote in the letter. “Are these purchases being conducted in a manner that strategically denies the American people access to ammunition,” the Congressman added.
In addition to the volume of ammunition being ordered, national experts are concerned at the type of ammo as well. This past year the Social Security Administration publicized a notice that it was in fact purchasing 174,000 hollow point bullets. Experts unanimously agree that law enforcement does not target practice with hollow point ammunition because it is higher in price and would tear objects up. They are, in fact, not even lawful for usage in war. It remains to be seem why federal agencies are buying so much ammo of this type.
“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 New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance, adding that he shared a belief, “that Congress has a responsibility to ask Secretary Napolitano as to exactly why these purchases have occurred.” Lance is one of the 14 members pursuing an explanation as to why the DHS is engaging in an apparent arms build-up.