When I first heard the Depertment of Homeland Security (DHS) put in an order to buy 450 million hollow point bullets I got a little scared. My first
WOW!! That's a lot of bullets, my second thought was of Hitler's SS and the continual downfall of America, and my third thought was to
verify the source before I went any further.
It is in fact true...
as evidenced by ATK's media report. ATK is a Fortune 500 company and here's the report:
ATK Secures .40 Caliber Ammunition Contract with Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS, ICE)
ANOKA, Minn., March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: 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.
So then I was a little concerned... the DHS doesn't really use that many bullets do they? Maybe some training, some dudes at the airport?
But after some easy research I recognized that my fear was unfounded... no imminent invasion and murdering of the American people (although that is
legal now thanks to the NDAA....
Under the Department of Homeland Security are at least five organizations that use ammunition on a regular basis:
(Source: DHS Org Chart )
US Secret Service (USSS)
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
US Customs and Border Patrol
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
US Coast Guard (USCG)
The one that REALLY
caught my interest with a surprise is FLETC!
In the DHS FLETC subsite we find Facts about the firearms Division of FLETC and viola! We find:
"Training requires the use of approximately 15 million rounds of ammunition annually."
I could go on but this one single group within the DHS uses 15 million rounds annually. I don't think we really need to be worried about 450 million
over 5 years for the entirety of the DHS. We might wanna be angry about our tax money being used for this, or the ramifications that America is a
warring, hegemonic, greedy nation, but I don't really see this as a sign of an incoming hometown invasion sequence.
edit on 4-8-2012 by Thermo Klein because: a few typos