Even such a staid publication as Forbes has become exceedingly alarmed by the stockpiling of handgun ammunition by the inscrutable Department of Homeland Security. Yet beleaguered Border Patrol agents recently received an email reading in part:
Due to budget concerns and ammunition availability, we will not be getting issued any proficiency ammunition for next quarter. In addition to these reductions, we are also being limited to qualification ammo only. What this means to you is that you will not receive the normal 150 rounds for practice and we will not have any extra ammunition for a combat course following normal qualifications.
That isn’t easy to reconcile with this:
According to information obtained and published by Senator Tom Coburn, Customs and Border Protection [CBP] purchased 36,475,000 rounds of ammunition at a cost of $12,255,040 for fiscal year 2012. CBP plans to purchase more for fiscal year 2013 at a cost of $12,528,146. In total, DHS plans to spend $37,263,698 on ammunition for all sub-agencies this year. As of November, 20, 2012, CBP had 94,404,329 rounds of ammunition in its inventory. DHS had 263,733,362 rounds available.
Looks like we were right that whatever DHS is using its massive stockpiles of ammo for, it isn’t to defend the homeland from invasion. The Border Patrol falls under the DHS.
Don’t worry about Border Patrol agents hung out to dry along a deadly border that the White House obviously does not want defended. They still have their bean bag rounds — the kind Brian Terry was equipped with when he was killed by weaponry supplied to Mexican drug cartels by our own federal government.