Congressional Republicans Challenge DHS: Why Are You Buying 1000 Rounds More Per Person Than The Army?
Many Americans have been concerned about the sheer amount of ammunition that the Department of Homeland Security has been buying. The incredible volume begs a simple question:What exactly is the DHS preparing for that will take that much ammo?
Now, Republicans in Congress seem to be asking the same question.
Republican Jason Chaffetz said in a hearing that, “It is entirely … inexplicable why the Department of Homeland Security needs so much ammunition.” Chaffetz also noted that the army uses about 350 rounds per person while the DHS is using 1300 to 1600 rounds per officer. In what may be understatement of the year, Chaffetz added that DHS officers, “use what seems to be an exorbitant amount of ammunition.”
While Nick Nayak from the Department of Homeland Security didn’t dispute those numbers, he did say that reports that the DHS was buying 1.6 billion rounds of ammo over 5 years are untrue. He said the actual number is 750 million rounds and that the department was buying in bulk to cut costs.
However, Republican Darrell Issa didn’t seem to entirely buy that explanation. He suggested that the ammunition was either being stockpiled, trashed, given away or fired “indiscriminately” because that seemed to be the only way to explain how the DHS could be going through so much ammo.
Republican Jim Jordan added, “This is not about conspiracy theories, this is about good government.”
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