Arming the Government Against Americans

By Alan Caruba

Large Ammunition Purchases
Arming the Government Against Americans

Manasquan, NJ –-( The push to disarm Americans has been around a long time.

An estimated ninety million Americans own guns legally and in states that permit concealed carry the crime rate drops precipitously by comparison with others that do everything they can to make the purchase and carry of firearms difficult.

Gun ownership in America is the highest since 1993 with estimates of 300 million guns owned by citizens. Ownership crosses political party lines and other demographic cohorts.

From its earliest days as a nation, the Founding Fathers were united in the need for an armed citizenry as a response to the potential tyranny of a government that might seek to impose its will on Americans through force.

The notion that one can keep criminals from acquiring firearms is idiotic. In cities like Chicago with laws that all but deny gun ownership, the murder rate is off the charts. By June 2012, 228 residents of Chicago had been killed, compared to 44 troops in Afghanistan’s combat zones.

There’s a reason gun sales in America soared after the election of Barack Obama. Nobody except his brainwashed minions trusts him. Over the past three and a half years he has issued more than 900 Executive Orders, many of which grant him and the federal government extraordinary control over all aspects of life for Americans. The hallmark of every totalitarian regime is gun control, the disarming of citizens.

This is, after all, a President who disparaged Americans who he said, “cling to their religion and their guns.”

As columnist, Chuck Baldwin wrote in 2007, “One thing the national news media will always ignore is the practice of lawful self-defense. For example, most people are probably not aware of the fact that American citizens use a firearm to defend themselves more than 2.4 million times every year. That is more than 6,500 times every day.”

“This means that, each year, firearms are used 60 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives. Furthermore, of the 2.4 million self-defense cases, more than 192,000 are by women defending themselves against sexual assault. And in less than eight percent of those occasions is a shot actually fired. The vast majority of the time (92%), the mere presence of a firearm helps to avert a major crime from occurring.”

Why then is the Obama administration in the process of purchasing millions of bullets for agencies, some of whom have nothing to do with national defense?

In May I wrote about an Ashville, North Carolina citizen who wrote a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency inquiring about the address of an employee who gained overnight fame when it was reported he wanted to “crucify” oil companies. Two EPA agents, fully armed, showed up without notice at his front door.

Why does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration need to purchase ammunition? NOAA is devoted to studying the weather and providing notice of events such as hurricanes. Why would meteorologists need to be armed?

Why does the Social Security Administration need to purchase ammunition? A spokesman for the SSA compared its investigators to state or local police officers who are armed while on “official duty.”

Why would the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) specifically purchase 750 million rounds of hollow-point ammunition in March and follow up with an additional 750 million? In a recent article in, retired Major General Jerry Curry noted in The Daily Caller, “This is enough ammunition to empty five rounds into the body of every living American citizen.” The article asked whether Obama would seek to hold onto power “by any means possible.”

Granted that DHS is charged with protecting the homeland, but is there any indication that the nation is under threat of an invasion and, if so, isn’t it the job of the U.S. military to respond to such a threat?

Or perhaps the answer is the belief within the Obama administration that it might face a massive insurrection if it tried to take over the nation by delaying the November elections or imposing martial law as the result of a contrived national threat?

A recent issue of Small Arms Journal contained an article titled “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A ‘Vision’ of the Future.” It game-played in full operational detail how the Army would put down a local Tea Party insurrection. Does anyone except those inside the Obama administration believe that the Tea Party would ever engage in such an effort?

This is the same administration actively trying to suppress a Congressional investigation into operation “Fast and Furious” that encouraged the transmittal of firearms to Mexican drug cartels, allegedly to track them, but instead, some were used to kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent. So guns for the cartels are okay, but guns for law-abiding Americans are not. The Attorney General has been held in contempt of Congress for his failure to be forthcoming in the investigation.

The massive purchase of ammunition by agencies that have little or no relationship to the nation’s security raises questions and concerns that cannot be dismissed or ignored. They are apiece with a variety of all actions the Obama administration has taken that suggest the suppression by force of any response Americans might take if they believed it intended to impose a dictatorship.

c Alan Caruba, 2011

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Paul Butler

I have contacted Sen. Dean Hellers office over the ammo question. At this time I still have not recieved an answer, but I fully expect a knock on my door at about 0200 some morning. Should that occur, I will be a news article.


Dan: What the hell is wrong with you? Obama seemed to love all the armed demonstrations in Middle Eastern countries. Just democracy in action, well he deserves the same if a dictatorship is his goal. There are 90 million gun owners in this country, if only 5% were to march on Washington that would be 4,500,000 people. Many would be veterans and active military members. I hope it never comes to that but we have got a government gone wild and rogue. Liberals when elected see themselves as owners not public servants. They follow no laws and trample on our… Read more »


Sorry folks, but at the risk of sounding paranoid (which I'm not) the current progressive liberal administration REQUIRES civilian disarmament. In all historical cases, total government control of citizens has always without exception required that those citizens be disarmed. This does not frighten me as I see the coming changes as being inevitable. I'm not paranoid; more pragmatic. Change is coming as promised.


Despite my bias, I don't believe the Admin will suspend/delay elections or a transfer of power. I am concerned, and so apparently is the Gvt, that Occupy, Move On and other Soros front orgs will resort to violence if the Dems lose. Especially if there are a couple of Florida 2000 or Wisconsin 2010 to close to call election results.

The Bruedaddy

I'd have to say I agree with most comments here…except the first one. seriously…Civil War? Bloodbath? You're a sad excuse for a bad joke. geez the paranoia runs rampant with the weak mind. I don't believe you have the nads for either.

Perhaps…oh….say…we are running low because of TWO WARS…..1.5 billion isn't really that much across the whole spectrum of DHS……and so, is this a two or three year supply? Perhaps…sounds like smart buying to me and the Government using tax dollars effectively, think of the column discount!

Robert Krawiec

I have no problem shooting 300-500 on a weekend. I know officers who shoot as much and more than I do. I hope this ammo is for practice as well as qualification. A lot of oficers don't practice enough and their shooting shows it.


The U.S. Coast Guard uses .40 S&W and believe me they use a lot of ammo. When I was a small arms instructor with the USCG with Sector San Francisco the goal was to have all Coast Guard Members qualified on the SIG229 DAK. Not every USCG member is issued a PDW. From what I remember the Coast Guard is around 40,000 personnel. If half are required to qualify every 6 month and taking into account using 100 rounds every six month my math comes up with 2,000,000 round ever six months. There are other smaller LE agencies within DHS… Read more »


Robert, these amounts far exceed the normal amount of rounds used for bi annual qualifications. There are also a significant number of police officers that simply do not practice except for when they know they have quals coming up ( and this is from other cops, not my personal opinion). Believe it or not, alot of cops are NOT "gunnies" and do not take it upon themselves to do anymore then the bare minimum required. Over the years, I have shot with Law Enforcement from various backgrounds from local to Fed level and,though they might be decent people, they couldnt… Read more »

WS Petersen

Per the article, DHS purchased 1.5 BILLION rounds. If they have 100,000 armed officers that allows 15,000 practice rounds each. That's a lot of practice.

Robert Krawiec

Good to see that the armed officers have ammo to practice with. If they think those amounts are excessive, divide number of officers into quantity of bullets. Officers need to atain a high level of marksmanship. Cannot do that without practice

S Michael DeHart

I'm sorry, but your being just a tad paranoid. I am a card carrying NRA and GOA member, CWP holder and carry every day. But even I know that NOAA has Fish and Game Officers w/arrest powers. SS Admin does handle in house fraud and their agents arrest the perpetrators of fraud crimes. EPA Agents handle cases involving illegal dumps etc… and arrest those who don't follow the law. So, believe me, if I felt threatened by the recent purchase by the Federal Government of ammo, I would be screaming it from the rooftops, but this accumulation is as harmless… Read more »

David Hendrick Behrens

Great Article.. It really is puzzling to millions of us legal law abiding citizens in America that own and use firearms for sports, hunting and for protection if need be. It doesn't make any common sense, that so many Government departments are suddenly starting to stock up, as they are purchasing such a vast amount of ammuniton and nothing is said by anyone to explain there reasons. Leftists Liberal media and press aren't and neither is any person of authority in those departments. I have felt for a long time and have read many posts, in many facebook sites, where… Read more »