“Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.”
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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Ammo shortages & DHS

People have been noticing the large ammunition contract let by DHS. Shortages of ammo for use by private citizens are rampant.

DHS Won't Answer Congress On Billion Bullet Purchase

Whatever the DHS plans are, this quote from the above is just silly:
...[Former] Marine Richard Mason told reporters with WHPTV News in Pennsylvania recently, hollow-point bullets (which make up the majority of the DHS purchases) are not used for training because they are more expensive than standard firing range rounds.

"We never trained with hollow points, we didn't even see hollow points my entire 4-1/2 years in the Marine Corps," Mason said."
Different ammo has different ballistic characteristics, including where it hits. At only 50 yards, this may be measured in inches in some cases. Therefore, training with the ammo you will use in action is a preferred practice if you can afford it. DHS can. And, unlike the military, can use it "in action."

The Marines can't use hollow point ammo in action without violating the Geneva Conventions, so it's not surprising this Marine didn't see it while in the Corps. Training Marines with hollow points would be stupid not primarily because it's more expensive, but because it can't be used when it really counts anyway.

Then, too, maybe it's not simply private citizens who are causing shortages for cops.

Cops Disarmed By Ammo-Hoarding Gun Nuts, Complains Salon Writer