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DHS Explains Huge AMMO Needs
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 Apr 2013 | John Semmens

Posted on 04/30/2013 10:04:50 AM PDT by John Semmens

Congressional inquiry into the Department of Homeland Security’s huge ammunition acquisitions spurred agency officials to try to explain what is going on. At current inventory levels, DHS has four to five times as many bullets for its officers as the US Army has for our troops.

DHS training officer Humberto Medina pointed out that “the Army faces known enemies in numbers far smaller than we have to consider. I mean, Afghanistan’s population is tiny compared to that of the United States. And the Army can supplement with aerial and artillery bombardment. We don’t have that capacity at this time.”

Medina also suggested that “Army troops are better trained and more accurate shooters than the majority of those we’ve recruited for Homeland Security. So it stands to reason that we’d need to fire more rounds to hit any given target, whether it be in a training exercise or, heaven forbid, suppressing an insurrection. In a nation with over 300 million potential enemies an inventory of billions of bullets doesn’t seem unreasonable to me.”

Nick Nayak, DHS’ chief procurement officer, offered an alternative explanation for the recent surge in ammo purchases. “The notion that we are specifically targeting civilians is overwrought,” he said. “People don’t understand the way federal budgeting works. If we end the year with unspent funds that money is lost to us. Our surplus would then be used by the Administration’s enemies to argue for reduced spending in the next budget cycle. In that context, buying a billion bullets that we may never use seemed to be our best option.”

if you missed any of this week's other semi-news/semi-satire posts you can find them at...

http://azconservative.org/2013/04/27/administration-brochure-touts-food-stamp-benefits-for-foreigners/


TOPICS: Humor
KEYWORDS: enemies; napolitano; satire; waste

1 posted on 04/30/2013 10:04:50 AM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

As my dear mother used to say: ‘Everybody that believes that shit, stand on your head’


2 posted on 04/30/2013 10:06:23 AM PDT by harwood (Ann Coulter: Future SCOTUS nominee!)
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To: John Semmens

In other words we are expecting a major attack against our SOCIALIST TAKEOVER of your country and need the ammo to defeat you. That about sums up the responds from this democratic lunatic.


3 posted on 04/30/2013 10:08:22 AM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: John Semmens

***”In a nation with over 300 million potential enemies...”***

We The People rest our case.


4 posted on 04/30/2013 10:08:40 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Keep your eyes on Jesus. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.)
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To: John Semmens

Unfortunately, that is how govt money works...if you don’t spend it all or even more than you have, next year you get less.


5 posted on 04/30/2013 10:09:29 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: John Semmens
“the Army faces known enemies in numbers far smaller than we have to consider. I mean, Afghanistan’s population is tiny compared to that of the United States.

What an asshat. This ahole is saying that the population of the United States is a 'known enemy'?

He needs to be put down. Fast.

6 posted on 04/30/2013 10:11:36 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: John Semmens
"....In a nation with over 300 million potential enemies an inventory of billions of bullets doesn’t seem unreasonable to me.”

Are you SURE this is satire?

7 posted on 04/30/2013 10:11:48 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: John Semmens

I’m pretty confident that the millions of real patriots in this country collectively have more ammo than the DHS. And I’m also sure that we can shoot a hell of a lot better than the limp-wristed DHS Obama pansies.


8 posted on 04/30/2013 10:12:54 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: John Semmens

Satire. But unfortunately, just barely, and it’s very hard to tell these days.


9 posted on 04/30/2013 10:14:09 AM PDT by ZX12R (Never forget the heroes of Benghazi, who were abandoned to their deaths by Obama)
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To: Psalm 73

Seven posts before the satire is called out.

Because everyone knows it’s really impossible for the DHS to need that many bullets.


10 posted on 04/30/2013 10:14:11 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (All observant Muslims want to kill you. If they don't, they are not really Muslims.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts; John Semmens
Mmm. Should I .. or shouldn't I?

John: maybe if there were some way to print the whole thing in a purple font?

11 posted on 04/30/2013 10:15:29 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (My kin are given to such phrases as, 'Let's face it.' - Flannery O'Connor)
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To: MichaelCorleone
That caught my eye as well. Had me going for a second until I took a double-take at the source... "Semi News/Semi Satire"
12 posted on 04/30/2013 10:16:07 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: John Semmens
Holy crap, this guy's a walking PR disaster:

DHS training officer Humberto Medina pointed out that “...I mean, Afghanistan’s population is tiny compared to that of the United States. And the Army can supplement with aerial and artillery bombardment. We don’t have that capacity at this time.”

...we’d need to fire more rounds to hit any given target, whether it be in a training exercise or, heaven forbid, suppressing an insurrection. In a nation with over 300 million potential enemies an inventory of billions of bullets doesn’t seem unreasonable to me.”

13 posted on 04/30/2013 10:17:46 AM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Aw crap. I got sucked in again.

"Bloody Sam Roberts. Like Lazamataz, proudly posting before reading the entire article since 2000."

14 posted on 04/30/2013 10:19:20 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: ZX12R
Satire. But unfortunately, just barely, and it’s very hard to tell these days.

OK, it had a ring of truth and it fooled me...

15 posted on 04/30/2013 10:19:50 AM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: John Semmens

They must be bad shots....


16 posted on 04/30/2013 10:26:55 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: John Semmens

Satire, yes, but the question remains: who are they expecting to shoot, warranting that much even if most is for practice?

Only sane justification I can imagine is a way to pad and increase annual budget demands.


17 posted on 04/30/2013 10:32:28 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: John Semmens

It is sad that our government needs bullets banned by Geneva convention and so many to kill each of us. It sounds more like maim and torture is their plan over quick merciful death like the Chinese issue.


18 posted on 04/30/2013 10:40:41 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: John Semmens

Here is the story line from GOP Senator Cornyn:

Dear Mr. XXXXXXX:

Thank you for contacting me regarding reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is purchasing large amounts of ammunition and Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on these matters.

As you may know, government agencies that post solicitations for ammunition include various law enforcement divisions that are authorized to train with, and carry, firearms. DHS and its components—which include Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Secret Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard—regularly purchase ammunition for these purposes.

Some reports have mistakenly indicated that DHS is purchasing 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. This figure is taken from an option contract, a type of contract commonly used by the government to provide flexibility in the quantity of goods to be procured and to assure the availability of resources. According to DHS, the agency utilizes these contracts in an effort to ensure that the government receives the best price for goods and services.

At this time, DHS is only exercising approximately seven percent of the option under its contract. DHS has reported that it purchased approximately 103 million rounds of ammunition in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, at a cost of approximately $36 million. It further reported that in FY 2012 alone, DHS components used approximately 116 million rounds for training and operational purposes. DHS estimates it will spend approximately $37 million on ammunition in FY 2013.

Reports also have mistakenly indicated that DHS is acquiring thousands of MRAPs. In reality, DHS has recently acquired 16 MRAPs. According to DHS, these vehicles will be used by its Special Response Teams for sensitive criminal investigations. It is important to note that these 16 vehicles are armored but not armed.

I understand the concerns of Texans regarding the use of taxpayer dollars and possible misappropriations of DHS resources. I also have concerns that DHS should not be securing the option to purchase large amounts of ammunition if they have no intention of doing so, because this practice only serves to trigger legitimate concerns about government waste, abuse, and malfeasance. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, you may be certain that I will continue working with my colleagues to provide tough oversight for all federal law enforcement functions, to ensure that DHS is spending taxpayer dollars wisely, and to protect against artificially reducing the supply of ammunition for private citizens.

I appreciate the opportunity to represent Texas in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.

Sincerely,
JOHN CORNYN
United States Senator

517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-2934
Fax: (202) 228-2856
http://www.cornyn.senate.gov

Please sign up for my monthly newsletter at http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/newsletter.

PLEASE NOTE:
Due to the nature of electronic communication, if you did not receive this e-mail directly from my office, I cannot guarantee that the text has not been altered. If you have questions about the validity of this message, or would like to respond to this message, please use the web form available at my website, http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact.

Total BS Rubbish.


19 posted on 04/30/2013 10:41:54 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: John Semmens

Once again, satire, but sooo close to the truth.


20 posted on 04/30/2013 10:43:02 AM PDT by Thorliveshere (Tais deau sá taghdedaul!)
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To: John Semmens

I will believe until proven otherwise that the purpose of such huge government ammo supplies is to set up a government store so that when private ammo purchases by civilians are curtailed in some manner people will have to buy from the government store. Of course when a person buys from a government store they will have to give their name etc. Call it backhanded information about any and many otherwise unknown gun owners. I recall the government liqueur stores during prohibition.


21 posted on 04/30/2013 10:56:21 AM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: John Semmens

Whoops, started prepping a response without checking the source.

Bad Freeper.....no donut!

Uh......it was satire, right??!!??

KYPD


22 posted on 04/30/2013 11:04:07 AM PDT by petro45acp (It's a fabian thing.....how do you boil a frog? How's that water feelin right about now?)
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To: John Semmens
I mean, Afghanistan’s population is tiny compared to that of the United States.

He unintentionally but clearly admitted that the proposed target is the population of the United States. If he is taken out tomorrow, it would only be an act of self-defense.

23 posted on 04/30/2013 11:12:52 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: John Semmens
And the Army can supplement with aerial and artillery bombardment. We don’t have that capacity at this time.”

Crissake John, don't give the bassturds any ideas they do not already have!

24 posted on 04/30/2013 11:13:43 AM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: JimRed

OOOOHHH! Semmens got me again!

8^(


25 posted on 04/30/2013 11:14:00 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: spawn44

At ease soldier, it’s satire. I must admit though I didn’t realize it myself until I read this sentence, “In a nation with over 300 million potential enemies an inventory of billions of bullets doesn’t seem unreasonable to me.”

I was so shocked someone would actually say something like that, on the record, that I rechecked the source. If I hadn’t, or the pranksters had not included that line, I may have bought it hook line and sinker.


26 posted on 04/30/2013 11:26:37 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I know what you mean. I didn’t realize i, either, til I got a couple paragraphs in, and then I though, “Hmm. Waitaminnit. Check the top of the thread again....!


27 posted on 04/30/2013 12:07:59 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (My kin are given to such phrases as, 'Let's face it.' - Flannery O'Connor)
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To: John Semmens

“the Army faces known enemies in numbers far smaller than we have to consider. I mean, Afghanistan’s population is tiny compared to that of the United States. And the Army can supplement with aerial and artillery bombardment. We don’t have that capacity at this time.”

So if I understand this guy, he and the DHS consider all Americans to be potential hostiles? And what is with the we don’t have the capacity for aerial bombardment, YET? There need to be a large number of terminations At the DHS starting at the top!


28 posted on 04/30/2013 12:26:09 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: John Semmens

Dammit. It took me til the 2nd paragraph to realize that this was satire.

I’m losing my touch...


29 posted on 04/30/2013 1:37:01 PM PDT by FatherFig1o155 (Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil. -- Thomas Paine)
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