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By Mr. Curmudgeon:
It appears the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is getting ready for war. At least that’s the way it looks when viewing the department’s massive order of.40 caliber hollow-point ammunition.
According to a news release by defense contractor Alliant Techysytems (ATK), the DHS consignment of hollow points “effectively passes through a variety of barriers and holds its jacket in the toughest conditions … and avoids over-penetration.”
DHS’s Weapons and Ammunition Commodity Council says its mission is to provide “a department-wide strategy for consolidating requirements and gaining economies of scale for the acquisition of weapons and ammunition.”
In a procurement document for the purchase of .223 ammunition, DHS redacted the quantity they acquired with swaths of black ink, saying the current exhaustion of DHS ammo stores could lead to “the failure of law enforcement agents being able to effectively perform their jobs” and “could cause substantial safety issues for the government. Furthermore, the government would be severely impacted in its ability to deploy agents and officers to execute their missions which are an integral part of DHS operations … the National Firearms and Tactical Training Unit (NFTTU) are running the risk of depleting mission critical inventory.”
What is the NFTTU? According to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website, the facility “conducts rigorous testing in labs … to ensure that firearms, body armor and ammunition carried by ICE agents exceed standards … And no other law enforcement agency has a facility like ICE’s NFTTU. Nestled in the hills of Pennsylvania, 21 full-time employees supply tactical gear and ordnance support to more than 60,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across the world … They also disassemble and rebuild older firearms. By upgrading the stocks and sights and reinstalling pulls, ejectors and extractors, federal law enforcement agents and officers end up with hand-fitted weapons that mass production can’t match.”
In other words, they take off-the-shelf arms and customize them to new heights of lethality for Janet Napolitano’s 60,000-strong army.
Meanwhile, the guardians of America’s elderly – the Social Security Administration – ordered 174,000 rounds of hollow-point man-stoppers for their security details. CNN downplayed concerns raised by many bloggers as yet another in a long line of “anti-government conspiracy theories,” explaining that “hollow-point bullets are standard-issue items for many police agencies … The bullets expand when they hit a target and can help prevent injuries to bystanders from bullets passing through a body, according to police.”
That last news item reinforces the suggestion by many that the U.S. government is preparing to do battle with large numbers of desperate citizens angry at bipartisan Progressive Washington when the U.S. economy collapses.
Just in passing, back in 1996, President Bill Clinton gave hollow-point ammunition a new name – he called them “cop killers,” saying, “We ought to ban those bullets that are built only for one purpose, to pierce the bullet-proof vests that our police officers wear.”
In support of Clinton’s position, Time magazine insisted the round was “designed to unsheathe its claws once inside the victim’s body and tear it to pieces.” Now, the Social Security Administration and CNN say they are kinder, gentler projectiles that “prevent injuries to bystanders.”
The government and media’s rehabilitation of hollow-point ammo proves the old adage that time heals all wounds … provided the government is the one doing the wounding.