You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to wonder about the Obama administration’s recent run on ammunition.
Beginning in the summer of 2012, various federal agencies began purchasing large amounts of ammunition – agencies which aren’t often thought of as having a law enforcement capacity, much less a substantially armed policing force: the Social Security Administration, the National Oceanic and and Atmospheric Administration and between 450 million and 1.6 billion rounds over the next five years for the Department of Homeland security. Mainstream media sluggards didn’t cover this story for more than 2 months after it first appeared in the blogosphere and then only to parrot the administration’s explanation for the timing and extremely large amount of the ammunition purchases.
Now, less only six months later the DHS is putting out a bid for another 1.6 billion rounds. That’s 5 rounds for every American or equal to the amount of ammunition needed for 24 years of the Iraq war at its peak. When they address it at all, the major media has once again trotted out the Administration’s explanation for the purchases rather than doing an independent investigation. The administration claims, for example, that the DHS they uses 15 million rounds a year in during practice and qualifying;, but do the math, at that rate they have enough ammo for 100 years – yet in these times of tight budgets they have to have all 1.6 billion in the next four years. Maybe the government got a 1 billion round price break. Must have a large storage facility with a great shelf life. Prices have skyrocketed and civilian ammunition has dried up — now I’m not suggesting an ulterior motive for the huge purchases but you’ve got to wonder.
Another set of issues to make one think: while this inexplicable ammo buying binge is going on, the Obama administration and several state governments are pushing new gun control bills. Private sales would have to go through the same background check system as purchases from licensed gun dealers – evidently the government believes that criminals will break all other laws but the one they will obey is the one have the FBI check on them before they buy, sell or steal guns. Gun owners recognize this push for universal background checks as a step towards registration – and believe, based on ample historical precedence, that registration inevitably leads to confiscation. Indeed, a recent government report argues that universal background checks would do little or nothing to reduce crime unless it was accompanied by gun registration. Concerning the administration’s other proposals, it finds that none would be particularly useful in preventing crimes – so why expend so much political capital to pass them unless there is an ulterior motive (note another opening one could drive a truck through if one believed the government was out to subvert the second amendment). While long time gun control advocates and New York Senator Chuck Schumer and various state legislators and governors have argued that background checks will not lead to registration or confiscation, their words belie their actions. For instance, in Washington state, legislation was introduced allowing local Sheriffs to enter private homes to see that only legal guns are owned and that they are stored properly. (Some might recognize this as an assault on another constitutional right, the Fourth: prohibiting unreasonable search and seizure and the need for probable cause before search warrants are issued – oh, well, what’s one more Constitutionally protected right on the bonfire. ).
Finally, have you seen the multimillion dollar order for targets that the Homeland security and other domestic law enforcement agencies have requested. Look at the targets and see what you think:
When the government wants to “target” (pun fully intended but not funny at all) little old ladies in house coats, small boys, pregnant women and little girls, we are supposed to ignore what the targets represent. And the admonishment on the targets – “No More Hesitation!” Is this really the attitude we want law enforcement agencies to take, shoot first, ask questions later? This is what security now means, your average citizen, men, women and children are all targets?
Like I said, you don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to wonder what the heck is going on and why the mainstream media is not all over this, playing its self-appointed role of the fourth estate (the independent guardian of the people against abuses by government). One pleads for the old printing presses helmed by the likes of Thomas Paine, William Bradford, Isaiah Thomas, Hannah Bunce Watson, Samuel Adams and the Committees of Correspondence. These were the bloggers of their day. They uncovered and disseminated widespread government wrong doing and suspicious activities whereas today’s popular press excuses it as long as it is their “party” in power.