We’ve all heard that the government has been going on a recent spending spree stockpiling as much ammunition as they possibly can—or at least more than what they need. The actions of the government has left several gun owners and conspiracy theorists puzzled to say the least.
So, why exactly is the government buying so many bullets?
The contract went out about February of last year in which the government had ordered about 1.6 billion rounds of various types of ammunition. Needless to say, it sent a few people reeling.
Leading the way was none other than Inforwars’ Alex Jones when he released an article titled, “Homeland Security Buys Enough Ammo for a 7-Year War Against the American People.” Further sending the minds of Americans deeper into speculation, several others were keen to jump on board.
Jones continued to sway minds against the actions of the government when he argued, “This ammunition is purchased for the sole purpose of being used in active fighting. At the same time, it is a violation of the Geneva Convention to use hollow point ammunition on the battle field.”
And the theory took off from there.
Soon other highly reputable—although significantly right leaning-organizations, such as Fox News and The Daily Caller, started to investigate the reasonless purchases.
Even some congressman even took asking questions about the seemingly secretive stockpiling. This seemed to give merit to the conspiracy claims of believers who urged their representatives to push harder.
Soon enough congressmen such as Rep. Jeff Duncan was holding hearings in which he was asking high level DHS officials to the reasoning’s behind their excessive purchase. Duncan even went so far as to convey that the theories have reached a point where, “the numbers cease to become internet rumors and they start having some credibility.”
The theory developed a little further after it was suggested that the true point as to why the government was buying all this ammo was to keep it off the shelf. This would ultimately restrict citizens from being able to buy ammunition. After all, if there’s nothing to buy, there’s nothing to shoot—a much more sneaky approach to gun control.
Sen. Jim Inhofe explained, “President Obama has been adamant about curbing law-abiding Americans’ access and opportunities to exercise their Second Amendment rights. One way the Obama administration is able to do this is by limiting what’s available in the market with federal agencies purchasing unnecessary stockpiles of ammunition.”
As the group that believed the purchase was more devious in nature continued to grow, it even prompted legislation to develop putting restrictions on how much ammunition the government could actually buy.
Inhofe and Rep. Frank Lucas soon released the Ammunition Management for More Obtainability Act of 2013—poetically dubbed AMMO—that effectively required the government to report how much ammo it has in its reserves. It also created a ceiling in which the government could not surpass when it came to the number of rounds in their stockpile.
The DHS has rejected such theories and attempted to explain that throughout the years, the government has made several similar purchases. Detailing that this purchase is no different than countless other purchases in the past, officials questioned why it was even brought up.
Their response however, just made conspiracy theorists speculate further.
They explained that a stockpile of this magnitude was normal for the government and in all reality, 80% of the purchased ammo was anticipated to have been used during training exercises.
The NRA sought to back away from the conspiracy theory as well when they announced that they believed the claims to be nothing more than, “an effort to stir up fear about recent acquisitions of ammunition.” They furthermore, logically stated, “As most gun owners will agree, skepticism of government is healthy. But today, there are more than enough actual threats to the Second Amendment to keep gun owners busy.”
So, what do you think—what is the real reason the government bought so much ammo? Let us know in a comment below!