Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) recently said that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano should explain (again) why the DHS is buying large amounts of bullets (video below), reports InfoWars.com.
The DHS said in a statement in February that it was buying bullets in bulk because it was cheaper and was training law enforcement, reported HuffingtonPost.com.
While speaking to the Morristown Tea Party Organization on March 15 in Whippany, N.J., Rep. Lance claimed that explanation was not enough, echoing the same paranoid claims made by right wing conspiracy web sites.
“I think Congress should ask the Department about both of those issues and I would like a full explanation as to why that has been done and I have every confidence that the oversight committee ….should ask those questions,” said Lance. “Congress has a responsibility to ask Secretary Napolitano as to exactly why these purchases have occurred.”
Rep. Lance said that he wants Americans to “continue to live in a country based on freedom and individual rights,” adding that he hoped Congress could get answers on the reasons behind the huge ammunition purchases by the DHS.
Former Marine Richard Mason told WHP-TV News that hollow point bullets are not used for training because they are more expensive than standard firing range rounds.
“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 said, but failed to mention that the Marine Corps is not under the DHS.
The DHS, which oversees numerous law enforcement bodies, was never questioned about buying ammunition under the Bush administration, which created the DHS in 2002.