A popular Internet rumor these days is that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is buying tons of ammo in order to use the bullets on American citizens, especially gun owners (video below).
Former Marine Richard Mason recently questioned why the DHS is purchasing enormous amounts of ammunition, while making it clear that he believes the bullets cannot possibly be for training purposes.
“We never trained with hollow points, we didn’t even see hollow points my entire four and a half years in the Marine Corps,” Mason told WHP-TV in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
However, the Marine Corps is not under the DHS and never has been.
The DHS, created by President Bush, is in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Homeland Security Investigations.
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The U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs Service, and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service were consolidated into a new agency under DHS: U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
With more than 200,000 employees, DHS is the third largest Cabinet department.
DHS official Peggy Dixon recently stated that the bullets were bought in bulk to save money and were for training purposes.
However, Mason, who now works in a gun store, expressed doubts: “Why would they need all those hollow points? Why would they need all those ball rounds just for training?”
WHP-TV reports that the DHS has purchased 10 million rounds of hollow point bullets for a 40 caliber pistol, another 10 million rounds for a 9 millimeter, plus 1.6 million pistol cartridge 9mm ball bullets.
Last March, the DHS bought 450 million bullets, and in September, another 200 million were purchased. That's in addition to the reported 1.6 billion rounds the government already ordered.
Many gun owners, Tea Partiers and right-wingers claim that the Obama administration is planning a violent takeover of the U.S. and that is what the bullets are really for.
Even though the DHS bought ammo under the Bush administration, from 2002 until 2008, there was no alarm or suspicion from gun owners.