Question: Why has the Department of Homeland Security ordered 450 million hollow-point bullets?
Answer: Because American voters are dum-dums.
I’ve got a million of ’em! I’ve got 450 million of ’em!
Here is a press release.
ATK Wins Five-Year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Contract for .40 Caliber Ammunition from DHS, ICE
Additional .40 Caliber Ammunition Contract with 450 Million Round Potential Demonstrates ATK’s Leadership in Ammunition Manufacturing
ANOKA, Minn., March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced that it is being awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS, ICE) for .40 caliber ammunition. This contract features a base of 12 months, includes four option years, and will have a maximum volume of 450 million rounds.
For the record, ICE is the U.S. Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement Agency.
Why do the DHS and ICE need this many rounds of ammunition? What scenario are they planning for? It would be nice to know. I would like to do a little planning for this scenario.
This is an election year. Members of Congress are very busy. It would be too much to expect to hope that an oversight committee (or five) would bring in the directors of both agencies, place them under oath (rare in hearings), and ask them to produce the written plans outlining the scenarios that mandate 450 million rounds of dum-dums.
Dum-dums are bullets that expand on contact. They produce horrible wounds inside the body. The standard military round does not expand. The use of dum-dums has been prohibited by international laws of warfare ever since 1899.
They are legal for the DHS and ICE to use in domestic warfare.
Who are the proposed targets?