Department of Homeland Security Adds over 2,700 armored urban tanks to its Billions of Bullets

Cyrus Massoumi

DHS Navistar MRAP vehicle

The Department of Homeland Security — a theoretically non-military organization tasked with protecting Americans from mass terrorist attacks — has been on a buying binge lately.  Included in this shopping spree was the purchase of almost three thousand armored vehicles meant to patrol American streets.

Ordinary Americans first became aware that something was going on when they tried to buy weapons and ammunition after Sandy Hook and found empty shelves at the stores.  Part of the shortage undoubtedly came about because of the mad rush to purchase that was triggered when the Obama administration and several Blue state governments announced that they intended to pass drastic gun control legislation.  (And really, aside from those bitter clingers in Pennsylvania, who really cares about the Second Amendment?)

Some have wondered, though, if the manufacturers’ inability to meet demand might also have had to do with the fact that the DHShad gone on a shopping spree.  In the past few months, it has purchased 2 billion bullets (enough to fight the War in Iraq for 25 years) and 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles (which the DHS charmingly calls “personal defense weapons”).  As myriad posts around the blogosphere revealed, Sarah Palin was not alone in believing that the Obama administration was stocking up in case of civil unrest on America’s streets.

 

It didn’t make worried Americans feel any better when, in February, they learned that the DHS has spent $2,000,000 buying “no hestitation” targets depicting old folks, pregnant women, and small children holding guns.  The purpose behind this type of target it is to train law enforcement officials to overcome their instinctive reluctance to fire on those soft targets.  It appears that the “no hesitation” targets the DHS purchased depict people who look just like you and me.

Now, concerned Americans can have something new to wonder about:  News is beginning to trickle out that, back in September 2012, the DHS recently retrofitted 2,717 Mine Resistant Protected armored vehicles, which are intended for use on American streets.

These vehicles, which are made by Navistar Defense, are impressive.  At NavistarDefense.com, they’re described as follows:

The International® MaxxPro® is Navistar Defense’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle and incorporates the latest design in armoring technology. Extensively tested by the military and used in theater today, the MaxxPro features a V-shaped hull and other design features that greatly improve survivability. With so much protection, it’s the vehicle that every crew wants when they’re out in the field.

MaxxPro® MRAP specifications:

Length: 254″ (21.2 feet)
Width: 102″ (8.5 feet)
Height: 120″ (10 feet)
Wheel base: 153″ (12.8 feet)
Curb weight: 37,850 lbs. (18.9 tons)
Engine: MaxxForce® 9.3

The MaxxPro MRAP is built to withstand ballistic arms fire, mine blasts, IEDs, and other emerging threats. Its V-shaped hull helps deflect blasts out and away from the crew and its armoring can be customized to meet any mission requirement.

The International® MaxxPro® is Navistar Defense’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle and incorporates the latest design in armoring technology. Extensively tested by the military and used in theater today, the MaxxPro features a V-shaped hull and other design features that greatly improve survivability. With so much protection, it’s the vehicle that every crew wants when they’re out in the field.

MaxxPro® MRAP specifications:

Length: 254″ (21.2 feet)
Width: 102″ (8.5 feet)
Height: 120″ (10 feet)
Wheel base: 153″ (12.8 feet)
Curb weight: 37,850 lbs. (18.9 tons)
Engine: MaxxForce® 9.3

The MaxxPro MRAP is built to withstand ballistic arms fire, mine blasts, IEDs, and other emerging threats. Its V-shaped hull helps deflect blasts out and away from the crew and its armoring can be customized to meet any mission requirement.

Kind of awe-inspiring, right?

The real question, though, is why the DHS is stocking up?  Perhaps it has a perfectly good reason to buy enough weapons to fight multiple wars, as well as massive armored vehicles that can withstand major battle conditions.  But until it reveals to Americans the decisions driving these purchases, all that we can do is guess — and to wonder whether Sarah Palin might be right.

Last week we wrote an article Debunking Every Liberal Gun Myth – Still, who knows if the government will pass the assault weapons ban, if you’re worried it will pass – here are the 5 Guns You should Buy Before A Gun ban, in better news though – a Sheriff in Oregon has said that he will not enforce the gun ban even if it is passed – and he is joined by many other law enforcement that are standing against Obama’s Gun Control Agenda.

 

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