BREAKING: Congressman Says DHS Bought 1,000 More Rounds Per Employee Than Army

April 25 2013
by GSL Staff
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We’ve all heard the rumors and conjections about how much ammunition the Department of Homeland Security has bought recently.

Numbers range from hundreds of millions of rounds to billions of rounds.

According to a recent article on Fox News, Congress isn’t so much interested in the various conspiracy theories surrounding the alleged purchase, but they are deeply concerned about overspending and government waste.

According to Fox News,

The hearing itself was unusual, as questions about the department’s ammunition purchases until recently had bubbled largely under the radar — on blogs and in the occasional news article. But as the Department of Homeland Security found itself publicly defending the purchases, lawmakers gradually showed more interest in the issue.

Democratic Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., at the opening of the hearing, ridiculed the concerns as “conspiracy theories” which have “no place” in the committee room.

But Republicans said the purchases raise “serious” questions about waste and accountability.

According to the results of the hearing the DHS has recently secured 1,300-1,600 rounds per officer. The US Army averages around 350 per soldier. That is an average among both combat and non-combat troops.

The DHS shot down the 1.6 billion number that has been floating around the Internet for a while now, saying the number is actually around 750,000,000.

I wonder how bad the ammo shortage would be if they actually did buy 1.5+ billion.

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