So Much Ammo
By: Mark Hyman
How much ammo is too much? That’s the question raised in some circles. In the last few months, the Department of Homeland Security has sought to purchase more than one billion rounds of small arms ammunition.
That seems to be a staggering amount even if one considers some DHS departments have armed law enforcement officers. And it has the Coast Guard.
It’s not just the amount. But the type. More than 450 million rounds of hollow point ammo is sought by DHS and the Social Security and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hollow point ammo has been banned in warfare since 1899.
Agency claims that hollow point ammo is used for target practice are absurd. Or underscore incompetence.
Adding to suspicions are some boneheaded moves. An Army instructor of modern warfare at Ft. Leavenworth wrote an article describing who the US Army will be fighting in the next two decades.
The next war will take place on U.S. soil. Against the “tea party movement.” He actually uses that term. The Minutemen — a secure borders organization — he also tosses into this cocktail of government enemies. Along with the KKK, militias and other right-wing groups.
With this kind of attitude toward the public it’s no wonder people don’t trust government.
Mark Hyman hosts "Behind the Headlines," a commentary program for Sinclair Broadcast Group.