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Should We Be Concerned About This Ammunition Build Up?

Should We Be Concerned About This Ammunition Build Up?

Buying ammunition is a normal day-to-day part of business in the law enforcement, and, so, we don’t tend to think too much about them purchasing ammo. But when there is a sharp increase in the amount of ammunition being purchased, you have to wonder what they are expecting to happen for them to need to buy extra.

A recent press release (December 10, 2018) indicates that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division has agreed to purchase a massive amount of ammunition from Remington. We’re not talking about just a little bit of ammunition, but a large amount. Mike Adams writes,

The press release describes a 5-year, $75 million contract to “provide the organization’s agents and officers with .223 Rem duty and training ammunition.”

For those who aren’t familiar with firearms, .223 Remington ammo is used in AR-15 rifles. It’s not technically identical to 5.56 NATO, but rifles that can fire 5.56 NATO can also fire .223 Remington.

These aren’t pistol rounds, in other words, and they can be used by soldiers in military rifles.

In government quantities, these rounds cost roughly $0.20 each. This means that $75 million will acquire about 375 million rounds of ammunition.

ICE currently employs 20,000 people. If the 375 million rounds of ammunition were equally distributed across all 20,000 ICE employees, that would give each employee 18,750 rounds of ammunition.

That’s a massive amount of ammunition. The average county sheriff’s deputy is allotted approximately 50 rounds per month of duty ammo in order to maintain some minimum level of firearms proficiency. That’t 600 rounds per year.

SWAT team members, the elite firearms squads of police departments, will often fire 1,000 – 2,000 rounds of ammunition per month in training. Active duty soldiers may go through several thousand rounds a month during certain periods of their training, and soldiers in hot war zones can, of course, burn through thousands of rounds a month, too.

But distributing 18,750 rounds of ammunition to each of the 20,000 ICE employees is so far off the scale of what’s routinely required that it’s scary. It begs the question: What does Homeland Security know that they aren’t telling us?

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375 million rounds of ammunition is more in line with what you’d need for a full-scale military operation, not merely protecting the border from people who flee when they’re bombed by pepper spray.

Think about those quantities. 18.750 rounds per person.

That almost sounds they are expecting to have to fight a war, and, if they are going to be fighting a war in our country and along our borders, what kind of upheaval will that bring to our normal regular lives.

With this expectation of imminent violence, you might be well served by getting you and your family prepared to survive in a difficult situation, even a war zone, and the time to prepare is now.

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