Why Does The Department Of Homeland Security Need 450 MILLION Hollow Point Bullets?

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Somebody out there has decided that the Department of Homeland Security needs a whole lot of ammunition.  Recently it was announced that ATK was awarded a contract to provide up to 450 MILLION hollow point bullets to the Department of Homeland Security over the next five years.  Is it just me, or does that sound incredibly excessive?  What in the world is the DHS going to do with 450 million rounds?  What possible event would ever require that much ammunition?  If the United States was ever invaded, it would be the job of the U.S. military to defend the country, so that can’t be it.  So what are all of those bullets for?  Who does the Department of Homeland Security plan to be shooting at?  According to the U.S. Census, there are only about 311 million people living in the entire country.  So why does the Department of Homeland Security need 450 million rounds of ammunition?  Either this is an incredible waste or there is something that the Department of Homeland Security is not telling us.

I could understand if the U.S. military was ordering ammunition in this quantity.  When you fight wars you can go through ammunition very rapidly.

But the Department of Homeland Security is only supposed to be shooting at people very rarely.

It simply does not make sense that they would need so much ammunition.

The following is an excerpt from the official press release about this deal between ATK and the Department of Homeland Security….

ATK announced that it is being awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS, ICE) for .40 caliber ammunition. This contract features a base of 12 months, includes four option years, and will have a maximum volume of 450 million rounds.

ATK was the incumbent and won the contract with its HST bullet, which has proven itself in the field. The special hollow point effectively passes through a variety of barriers and holds its jacket in the toughest conditions. HST is engineered for 100-percent weight retention, limits collateral damage, and avoids over-penetration.

“We are proud to extend our track record as the prime supplier of .40 caliber duty ammunition for DHS, ICE,” said Ron Johnson, President of ATK’s Security and Sporting group.

But this is not the only kind of ammo that the DHS is placing an order for.

Business Insider is also reporting that the Department of Homeland Security is seeking to buy 175 million rifle ammunition rounds….

We’ve also learned that the Department has an open bid for a stockpile of rifle ammo. Listed on the federal business opportunities network, they’re looking for up to 175 million rounds of .233 caliber ammo to be exact. The 223 is almost exactly the same round used by NATO forces, the 5.56 x 45mm.

This all comes at a time when gun sales are absolutely going through the roof in the United States.

Gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co. recently announced that it would be suspending new orders until May because it received orders for more than one million guns during the months of January and February.

The following announcement about this suspension of sales comes from their official website….

  • The Company’s Retailer Programs that were offered from January 1, 2012 through February 29, 2012 were very successful and generated significant orders from retailers to independent wholesale distributors for Ruger firearms.
  • Year-to-date, the independent wholesale distributors placed orders with the Company for more than one million Ruger firearms.
  • Despite the Company’s continuing successful efforts to increase production rates, the incoming order rate exceeds our capacity to rapidly fulfill these orders. Consequently, the Company has temporarily suspended the acceptance of new orders.
  • The Company expects to resume the normal acceptance of orders by the end of May 2012.

Since Barack Obama first took office, gun sales in America have risen to extraordinary levels.

Overall, more than 10 million guns were sold in the United States during 2011.

And gun sales have continued to rise at a brisk pace in 2012.  The following was recently posted on Yahoo News….

The NSSF said that 920,840 instant criminal background checks were made in January alone, a gain of 17.3% over the same month in 2011. This now makes it the 20th consecutive month of increases. While using the number of background checks is a good measurement of sales, it doesn’t paint the whole picture as some checks are used for the purchases of multiple firearms. Also, some private transfers and sales from gun shows are exempt, making the actual number of guns sold higher.

According to Gallup, 41 percent of all Americans said that they owned a gun in 2010.  But when that question was asked again in 2011, that number had risen to 47 percent.

Clearly, a lot of Americans are feeling the need to arm themselves.

Unfortunately, they may find themselves short on ammunition for those guns considering how much ammo the government is buying up.

So what is causing everyone to buy so many guns?

Well, without a doubt we are likely to see a rise in crime as the U.S. economy continues to crumble.  People want to be able to protect themselves and their families when everything falls apart.  In fact, we are already starting to see some really violent home invasions in many parts of the nation.  Many in the prepper movement are deeply concerned about the direction this country is headed and they want to be prepared for whatever happens.

Of course the rising gang problem in America is a major concern too.  According to the FBI there are now 1.4 million gang members living in the United States, and that number has increased by 40 percent since 2009.  Many urban communities have essentially been taken over by these gangs, and many of these gangs are definitely not shy about using violence.  Average Americans that live in these communities want to be able to have a fighting chance against these gangs.

But that doesn’t explain why the DHS needs so much ammunition.  Yes, our world is becoming increasingly unstable, but under what conditions does the DHS ever anticipate firing off 450 million rounds?

Something does not add up.  If anyone has a possible explanation for why the DHS would need 450 million rounds of ammunition, please post a comment and share your thoughts with us below….

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16 Comments »

  1. Lynn July 8, 2012 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Could be just giving gov’t business to buddies. It’s ever so critical to keep buying those votes! Why step up and perform acts of leadership to get re-elected when you can just keep giving tax payers money away and buy the votes? Less work, effort or inteligence required.

  2. 180 April 19, 2012 at 11:30 am - Reply

    What really scared me is when the preppers started making more sense. FEMA “residential centers”, “CDC mass plastic coffins”, and of course everyone is riding on the Trayvon-Zimmerman event to use it as ammo against private gun owndership, castle doctrine and SYG laws. I am not saying I know the whole story on what happened in Florida but I am smart enough to see that this is being played by Obama, Bloomberg and the 1% in general to disarm us. Sadly, Zimmerman has been tired and convicted already. No fair trial for him. And despite what Jackson and his buddy Al say, the fact that Trayvon was suspended from school for drugs, possession of burgarly tools and a bag of assorted jewlery and truancy ARE relevant. They point to Character. Notice how the media always shows pictures of Trayvon as a little kid? Then NBC has the gaul to edit the 911 call to create an out of context statement from Zimmerman. You better buy what you can while you can. Wake up people, this country is going to hell in a handbasket and most people are too busy watching Jersey Shore and the Bachelor to even realize what is goign on. Say goodbye to your inalienable Constitutional rights if Obama is elected again. Apparently, all 3 branches of the government are neatly contained in the White House now. Even the corporate but boys, oops, I mean Congress are no longer needed. How sad that our countries overall intellect has degraded to the point that blatent corruption like this can endure and people don’t even know how to call their elected official to exercise their democratic and still legal rights to stop what is happening. They can’t be bothered or they might miss a Sienfeld rerun.

  3. stella April 13, 2012 at 6:55 am - Reply

    That’s 450 million fewer bullets in circulation…could they be trying to stockpile so there’s not much left for us??

  4. Mike UK April 1, 2012 at 9:20 am - Reply

    President Obama has had enough and is about to resign. Hillary Clinton will take over and bring both Republicans and Democrats into line with Martial Law if necessary and who shall she call upon? The Executive Orders for such are already in place if I am not mistaken?

  5. Flipside April 1, 2012 at 2:44 am - Reply

    Maybe they just want to practice a little……

  6. buff24seven March 31, 2012 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    you know homeland security could of ordered these bullets in secrete but they choose to do it in the public eye….maybe they want to see are reaction of the ordering of this ammo?

  7. a voice in the wilderness March 31, 2012 at 9:54 am - Reply

    This is just another piece of the Homeland Security covert puzzle, with each successive piece putting together the final picture of flagrant domestic contrived terrorism and the designed eugenic total control of the free citizens of America. If you can’t see it happening, woe be unto you wearing your cloak of denial and your voluntary total submission to the enemies delight. Please, review Agenda 21, Memorandum 200, Rex 84 and the recent NDAA blessed by our president. These important documents and many more not mentioned will hopefully enlighten you to what is taking place in America as I type this comment and maybe you will discover and awaken that part of you which will help save yourself and loved ones in the near future.

  8. Forrest Chambers March 31, 2012 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Maybe they are just bad shots.

  9. George Peabody March 31, 2012 at 2:05 am - Reply

    Wake up Americans! Dictator Barack H. Obama II is organizing his private army against all Patriots who support and defend the Constitution for the United States of America.
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  10. Marie Lowrance March 31, 2012 at 12:35 am - Reply

    eliminating of the masses,

  11. Karmen Nava March 30, 2012 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Usually gang members attack other gang members invading their turf.. They are territorial like dogs. Many of the gang members are too strung out on drugs to do serious at radom US citizen´shootings. This has always been a speculation by the media and perhaps a secret desire by some sadists to use these dysfunctional people. Several years ago there were reports by alternative reports that the gangs were being supplied with guns by the Chinese who had ships stationed at the Los Angeles Harbor. These were rumors and have not heard anymore on this for several years.

    • cliff cox March 30, 2012 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      450 million bullets plus what they already have? That’s enough to kill every gang member 10 times over not to mention the fact that they have to find them first and weed them out. So why the rush to buy all the bullets?

  12. cliff cox March 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    So whose side you going to be on?

  13. cliff cox March 30, 2012 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    The United States is headed for CIVIL WAR over the Right to Bear Arms , freedoms lost, the Constitution ignored by lawmakers, fat cats padding their wallets through government concessions while the middle class pays all the bills…..you name it!

  14. cliff cox March 30, 2012 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Because when gas goes to $5.00 plus a gallon the bottom will fall out of the economy and because we are involved between Israel and Iran we won’t be able to barrow the money from China to pay our debts. Hence the economy will fall, the dollar will no longer be a world currency and we will have a law making system where no one agrees on anything. Government will fall with it, panic will ensue , Marshall Law will be the order of the day, and people will be required to give up their guns. Hence, there will be a lot of shoot-outs.

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