Remember earlier this year, when ammo couldn’t be found, and people were wondering why the Department of Homeland Security was buying millions and millions of rounds?
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reserves the right to buy up to 750 million rounds of ammunition over the next five years and currently has “two years worth” of ammo on hand, or around 247 million rounds in its inventory, the department’s top procurement official said Thursday during congressional testimony.
DHS has already purchased around 41 million rounds of ammunition this year alone, Nick Nayak, DHS’s chief procurement officer, said during an oversight hearing on Capitol Hill. Some $37 million in taxpayer dollars will be spent on the purchase of ammunition in the entirety of fiscal year 2013.
Several lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee said they were surprised by the requisition and asked why DHS has been purchasing such large quantities of ammo for its 72,000 officers, most of who rarely discharge their weapons in the line of duty.
At the time, people thought we were crazy for asking such questions. Turns out the crazy was at the DHS.
A Department of Homeland Security manager in charge of buying weapons and ammunition for the government is, on the side, running an inflammatory website that throws around gay slurs and advocates the mass murder of “whites” and the “ethnic cleansing” of “Uncle Tom race traitors,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
So the guy in charge of buying ammo for the people buying up all the ammo turns out to be a bigot intent on starting a race war.
Who’s crazy now, people, who’s crazy now?
I hear a lot of grumblings these days from right-wing pundits about the militarization of the police, decrying the apparent need to roll out in full battle-rattle for every traffic citation.
Those same people turn around and applaud Sheriff Joe giving AR-15's to his officers and mandating they have them with them on and off-duty.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona announced Thursday he will start requiring his deputies to carry AR-15s at all times and expects them to use the weapons to fight crime even when they're off duty.
"While this decision may seem controversial to some in the public and among other law enforcement agencies, I have extreme confidence in the training and professionalism of the men and women deputies in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office",Ě Arpaio said.
Look, I'm not blaming the gun here, I like the AR-15. I own several and use them for self-defense, hunting and competition. I think it's a good idea that police should have AR-15's, because they want them for the same reasons I want one, namely, they are an excellent self-defense rifle. I also think it's a good idea for cops to be prepared to deal with the criminal element when they're off-duty: I'm prepared to deal with crooks at just about any hour of the day, (and I am decidedly NOT a cop), so the cops should be able to do the same as well.
If you're wondering how we got to the point where the Fish and Game department rolls up with a SWAT team at a no-kill animal shelter to impound a deer, look no farther than decisions like this. Are all the reasons for arming the cops with AR-15's good ones? Yes. Does it result in a heavily-armed, military-style police force? Also yes.
The road to a police state, after all, is paved with good intentions.