This is the newest conspiracy theory among gun advocates; that the federal government is buying up all the bullets so that gun loving Americans cannot buy them. Luckily for said gun loving Americans, the GOP is on the ball and trying to pass legislation to stop this:

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/296471-gop-aims-to-slow-federal-bullet-buys

There is one humorous thing and one appalling thing mentioned in this story.

The funny part is that this is too crazy for the NRA to support:
The National Rifle Association (NRA) agreed with Tierney, telling its members last year that the high number of bullet purchases was normal for law enforcement agencies and that people should not be paranoid about the government’s intention on this area. 
 
“Skepticism of government is healthy. But today, there are more than enough actual threats to the Second Amendment to keep gun owners busy… there is no need to invent additional threats to our rights,” the gun group wrote. 

The appalling part is how much ammunition the federal government is buying:

In fiscal year 2012, DHS says it bought about 103 million bullets for $36.5 million, giving the department a total of about 246 million rounds stockpiled for training and operational use. The bulk of the ammunition — about 80 percent — is used for training purposes, according to DHS. 
 
With about 70,000 DHS agents who carry guns, Republicans argue the department has amassed too many rounds of ammunition. In a letter to Sen. Tom Coburn, DHS said it planned to spend about $37.2 million on ammunition in fiscal year 2013.

Do 70,000 Homeland Security employees really need 3500 bullets apiece??? Seriously????
 


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Steve DeVol
09/13/2014 7:32pm

If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it must be a duck.

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