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Some Northwest gun rights activists are wondering whether the Department of Homeland Security is quietly preparing for a civil war, following this week’s revelation about a plan to purchase 750 million rounds of ammunition.

That's enough to bury the Snoqualmie Valley Rifle Club range out by Snoqualmie Falls, in just spent brass.

This purchase announcement was coupled with what now appears to have been a fouled-up request for the purchase of 46,000 rounds by the National Weather Service that set off all kinds of alarms on the blogs. According to the Washington Times, that purchase order was a “clerical error” and the ammunition is actually being purchased by the Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement.

But the 750 million round buy is no clerical error and that's a lot of bang on the taxpayers' bucks. Examiner has obtained a copy of the 91-page order and it details ammunition ranging from .380 ACP to hundreds of thousands of rounds of 12-gauge shotgun shells and various rifle calibers including .223 Remington and .308 Winchester.

The name of this department has always been troubling. "Homeland" sounds so much like "Fatherland" without the German accent made so familiar in countless 1940s war films, verstehen sie? The amount of ammunition these guys use might suggest they ought to be called the "Department of Insecurity."

An examination of the shopping list reveals that a lot of this appears to be training ammunition – millions of rounds – but that is a lot of training, and one is then made to wonder, just what is DHS training for? The list includes about a half-million rounds of 12-gauge 2 ¾-inch No. 7 shotshells, suggesting a lot of time blasting away at the trap range, where one learns to hit moving targets. Or, they might just be planning a grouse hunting boondoggle to rival the General Services Administration. There’s a lot more 12-gauge buckshot in various configurations, from No. 4 to 00, and that stuff is good for putting down riots (and if gas and food prices rise this fall, those consumers will be a surly lot by election day).

One can also count millions of rounds of .40 Smith & Wesson in the mix in three bullet weights (155, 165 and 180 grains), a few million more rounds of .223 Remington, and an assortment that includes ammunition for guns in .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .357 SIG, .45 ACP, 9mm Luger and even .30-06 Springfield and 7.62x39mm, the latter being the ammunition used in AK-47s and various off-shoots.

Experienced shooters just might suggest this looks like the kind of inventory one would stockpile to train for urban combat in an environment where people just might have to utilize firearms they “pick up along the way.” One might also argue this kind of speculation suggests a very active imagination that includes black helicopters and tinfoil hats.

On the positive side, this is one more way the Obama administration will keep the firearms and ammunition industry busy and its people gainfully employed.

Don't worry about it. Most of it is probably being snuck into Mexico.

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