By James Smith
21 Sept 2012
What I found fails the smell test of common sense and reason. But we are talking about the largest grab of brass and lead of all times by a man who only knows how a weapon fires from his time in “Pock Is Stan”.
Remember, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is the largest investigative agency in the Department of Homeland Security, and is responsible for enforcing the nation’s immigration and customs laws. ICE has more than 20,000 employees working in 400 offices in the U.S. and around the world.
It is also charged with detaining the criminal elements of the illegal aliens that cross our borders. So naturally, the ammunition would be used to keep those ruffians under lock and key.
However, just using the large multi-year purchases, there is a problem with their ammunition uses.
Look at this chart:
|Solicit#||Caliber||Year Bought||Sum Used to date||2012 Sum||Sum remaining|
What this means is that for the 20,000 employees of ICE, they will have at their disposal 215,000,000 rounds of ammunition, to detain 33,330 inmates for Fiscal Year 2011.
What happened to last year’s 215 million rounds? Or the year before that? Perhaps it went to training? Not necessarily the case. This is from an email I received from H.R.P.
CBP agents fire 72 rounds of handgun ammo per qualification. Multiply that by 20,000 and you get 1,440,000. For the four quals each year you arrive at 5,760,000 rounds of handgun ammo for CBP alone. This does not include issue of ammo for practice and proficiency.
There is enough annual ammo for each employee to do practice/proficiency 37 times of what the qualification ammunition is needed. The President doesn’t even golf that much!
As I started the article, a comparison of apples needs to be made. The nearest body that would be closest to ICE is the Bureau of Prisons. From their website:
“The Bureau has approximately 37,700 highly motivated individuals working in 115 correctional institutions across the country, and approximately 217,000 Federal offenders are confined by BOP.”
It should be noted that BOP has 17,000 more employees, manages 6.5 times more inmates, and in less facilities.
So what are the BOP’s ammunition purchases since 2003? Mind you, the chart above is only since 2009:
Jan 14, 2011 $40,000
Dec 3, 2008 $7,252,000 5 years total – Total ammunition 24,900,000 rounds (4,980 rounds for 2012 alone)
Aug 17, 2006 $ 56,517 – No quantities given
July 7, 2003 $226,000 Total ammunition 5,380,000 rounds
Grand total of cost for the last 10 years: 7,574,517, or 1/5 the cost of one ammunition purchase by DHS/ICE.
DHS is a bloated entity, hell bent on scaring innocent people. Airports, trains, online – the very agency that is to “protect” us from terror, terrorizes us all.
“Obey, or it will be the FEMA camps for you!” may be the next threat out of some jackbooted thug who just falls into the latest line of useful idiots of the tyrants of history.
Fear not though. All tyrants fall. The 21st century versions will fall just as well, if not harder and faster. Keep the faith.