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How Many Bullets Does It Take

Feds buying enough bullets for ’24-year war’

Radio host warns: DHS preparing for prolonged riots in U.S.

Published: 1 day ago

by Drew Zahn Email |

Federal, non-military agencies, noted radio host Mark Levin last week, have purchased enough ammunition recently to not only shoot every American five times, but also engage in a prolonged, domestic war.

The numbers are based on recent reports that put the total federal ammunition buy in the last 10 months at approaching two billion rounds.

“To provide some perspective,” Levin noted, “experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, the [Department of Homeland Security] is armed now for a 24-year Iraq war. A 24-year Iraq war!”

What do federal agencies need with all that ammunition?

The government’s only official explanation for the massive ammo buy is that law enforcement agents in the respective agencies need the bullets for “mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions.”

The staggering number and lack of details in the official explanation, however, has led to rampant speculation, including concerns the DHS is arming itself to fight off insurrection among Americans.

“I’m going to tell you what I think is going on,” Levin offered. “I don’t think domestic insurrection. Law enforcement and national security agencies, they play out multiple scenarios. … I’ll tell you what I think they’re simulating: the collapse of our financial system, the collapse of our society and the potential for widespread violence, looting, killing in the streets, because that’s what happens when an economy collapses.

“I suspect that just in case our fiscal situation, our monetary situation, collapses, and following it the civil society collapses, that is the rule of law, they want to be prepared,” Levin said. “I know why the government’s arming up: It’s not because there’s going to be an insurrection; it’s because our society is unraveling.”

Audio of Levin’s discussion on the ammunition buy can be heard below:

As WND reported , even major gun-rights organizations like the National Rifle Association have attempted to tamp down worries over the amount of ammunition, suggesting the number of bullets bought, spread out over five years and across all the federal agencies with armed agents – considering the number of rounds needed for training, qualification and service bags – isn’t exorbitant.

At the same time, however, others have wondered if billions of bullets isn’t too many to equip the sheer number of federal agents, what does that say about the number of federal agents?

“It’s not the number of bullets we need to worry about,” Jeff Knox, director of The Firearms Coalition , told WND, “but the number of feds with guns it takes to use those bullets.”

“There are currently more than 70 different federal law enforcement agencies employing over 120,000 officers with arrest and firearms authority, according to Bureau of Justice Statistics data for 2008 ,” explained Knox in a recent WND column . “That’s an increase of nearly 30 percent between 2004 and 2008. If the trends have continued upward at a relatively steady rate, that would put the total number of federal law enforcement officers at somewhere between 135,000 and 145,000.

“That’s a pretty staggering number,” Knox continued, “especially when you consider that there are only an estimated 765,000 state and local law enforcement officers. That means that about one in seven law enforcement officers in the country works directly for the federal government, not a local jurisdiction.”

For years, WND has been at the forefront of reporting the growth in federal police power being dispersed across dozens of government agencies:

  • In 1997, WND blew the lid off 60,000 federal agents enforcing over 3,000 criminal laws , a report that prompted Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America to remark, “Good grief, that’s a standing army. … It’s outrageous.”
  • Also in 1997, as part of a ongoing series on the militarization of the federal government, WND reported on the armed, “environment crime” cops employed by the Environmental Protection Agency and a federal law enforcement program that had trained 325,000 prospective federal police since 1970.
  • WND also reported on thousands of armed officers in the Inspectors’ General office and a gun-drawn raid on a local flood control center to haul off 40 boxes of … paperwork.
  • WND further reported on a plan by then Delaware Sen. Joe Biden to hire hundreds of armed Hong Kong policemen into dozens of U.S. federal agencies to counter Asian organized crime in America.
  • In 1999, WND CEO Joseph Farah warned there were more than 80,000 armed federal law enforcement agents, constituting “the virtual standing army over which the founding fathers had
    nightmares.” Today, that number has nearly doubled.
  • Also in 1999 WND reported plans made for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to use military and police forces to deal with Y2K.
  • In 2000, Farah discussed a Justice Department report on the growth of federal police agents under President Clinton, something Farah labeled “the biggest arms buildup in the history of the
    federal government – and it’s not taking place in the Defense Department.”
  • A 2001 report warned of a persistent campaign by the Department of the Interior, this time following 9/11, to gain police powers for its agents.
  • In 2008, WND reported on proposed rules to expand the military’s use inside U.S. borders to prevent “environmental damage” or respond to “special events” and to establish policies for “military support for civilian law enforcement.”
  • Most recently, WND reported that while local police have found themselves short of necessary ammunition, the federal government has been stockpiling billions of rounds for its non-military, non-FBI law enforcement officers.

Knox conceded in his column that good arguments can be made for the existence of a dedicated border guard and federal agencies to protect high-ranking officials, protect the federal currency and coordinate enforcement of laws regarding interstate commerce, and so forth.

“But bureaucrats who inspect the records of retailers and manufacturers have no business carrying guns and badges,” Knox opined, “nor do those who investigate white-collar crime for the Small Business Administration and the Department of Education.”

Chris Knox, director of communications for The Firearms Coalition, told WND legitimate concerns about a police state stem from “a set of three intertwined problems,” namely, “militarization of local police, federalization of law enforcement (including local cops getting goodies from federal forfeiture actions) and the expansion of federal law enforcement, where nearly every agency has its own armed service, not just the Drug Enforcement Agency, but administrative agencies like the Department of Education.”

Give all those federal cops two billion bullets, Jeff Knox says, and now there’s cause for concern.



Comments on: "How Many Bullets Does It Take" (17)

  1. Gar Swaffar said:

    Resistance is FUTILE. Do not question the authority of The Great Oz! (mixing Dr Who and a Wizard)
    Just be sure to Keep it Dry.


  2. Wrong in so many ways.


  3. Once the feds stick cash in the faces of most municipalities,it’s game over for LOCAL control. Schools,hospitals,LE,you name it,the fed money corrupts it. And to think some IDIOTS cannot figure WHY there is an ammo shortage.


    • clyde,

      We have half of a country made up of morons and stupid. We have another half who gets it. I’ll take my chances on those who get it and fight along side of them.


  4. Good post Pepp. Doesn’t sound to me like it would take Einstein to figure this one out. Gov buys up a shit load of ammo and creates a shortage for everyone else. Give every idiot that works for them a gun and ammo to create a bigger gov army. Our society and country are collapsing right before our eyes (just like the sumbitch planned), so civil unrest will pop up eventually and the gov thinks they’re going to be prepared to handle it. I think they’re still going to come up short on this one. Millions upon millions of armed citizens isn’t going to allow a lot of these gov dolts the opportunity to put one bullet in someone, so never mind them putting five in each of us.

    Our nation will get torn all to hell, but I’d rather be on the winning side seeing it burn to the ground than just hand it over to a bunch of radical commie bastards!


    • Dave,

      Thx. It came from WND so I cant take any credit for it however.

      No it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Too bad we have so many morons in this country who don’t get it.

      So right you are. WE are on the verge of collapse and that’s the way the King wants it. Payback time for our “allegedly” colonialism. Boy is that man unwrapped. He’s never played with a full deck of cards. The people behind him pull all the strings while he feeds off the tax payers at a huge expense.

      The federal government needs to come tumbling down completely since it is so full now of commies, radicals, America haters and the Muzzie Bro of all things. There isn’t a single constitutional thing going on up there.

      So I say that We the People need to take it back. Let them come for us. They are going to be in for a shock.


  5. Pepp,

    Here’s an interesting story that fits right in with your post. Some manufacture’s and retailers are now refusing to sell a damn thing to state gov agencies that have passed strict gun control laws stating it creates an inequality for citizens:



  6. Gray Ghost (Mississippi) said:


    There are only so many reasons that the feds would buy this amount of ammunition.

    1. To prepare for massive amounts of civil unrest.

    2. To keep this ammunition out of the hands of the civilians.

    3. To prepare for a complete collapse of the dollar (ammunition could be used for currency).

    4. In the event of civil unrest the ammunition could be used to supply those civilians loyal to the feds (i.e., a civilian force as large as the US military).


    • Hi Gray Ghost

      Yep I’ve heard all of those reasons put forth before. The fact that we don’t know what they are going to do is the frightening part of the whole scenario. So we’re ready.


  7. When I read about the 2 billion rounds I could hardly believe what I was seeing – TWO BILLION – that’s a lot of ammunition! Then when I was doing some research on my latest post and came across the 120,000 federal agents who are armed, I did the math. That comes to 16,666 rounds per agent. There is no way that the ammo purchase is for practice and enforcement usage. I think that Gray picked up on one of the reasons for the purchase: to keep it out of the hands of civilians (causing shortages) and another is to drive up the price – also reducing the ammo that civilians can afford. None of the reasons for the massive purchase are the honest, righteous ones – they’re all for the wrong evil reasons.


  8. The fed is building one hell of an arsenal, while it plays footsie over border security. Now they talk amnesty for illegals again and gun control for Americans, while buiding stockpiles of ammo for the state.


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