Smack in the middle of the smoking gun-control debate, anddespite deep spending cuts across the American heartland, theDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to buy 1.6 billionrounds of ammunition over the next five years.Reports began surfacing in April, 2012 that the DHS, agovernment agency created in the aftermath of the attacks ofSeptember 11, 2001, had begun arming itself to the teeth. Now,several US congressmen are attempting to get some answers, but sofar they have been greeted by a deafening silence.Speaking on the sidelines of the Conservative Political ActionCommittee (CPAC), Congressman Timothy Huelscamp said the DHS hasrefused to answer questions from “multiple” members of Congressregarding the plans.“They have no answer for that question. They refuse to answerthat,” Huelscamp told Infowars and We Are Change reporter LukeRudkowski on Friday.Huelscamp then questioned the stockpiling of bullets at a timewhen government offices around the country have been forced totighten their belts as part of the so-called sequestration.“It comes down to during the budget process, during theappropriations process, are we willing to hold DHS’s feet to thefire,” the Republican asked. “We’re going to find out… I saywe don’t fund them until we get an answer.”Recently, Californian Congressman Doug LaMalfa and 14 otherHouse members wrote a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, inwhich they suggest that the bullet hoarding is designed to create ashortage of ammunition in the country.“The extraordinary level of ammunition purchases made byHomeland Security seems to have, in states such as my own, createdan extreme shortage of ammunition to the point where many gunowners are unable to purchase any,” LaMalfa wrote.The congressman asked if the purchases are being conducted in amanner that “strategically denies the American people access toammunition.”Peggy Dixon, spokesperson for the Federal Law EnforcementTraining Center in Glynco, Georgia, attempted to tamp down thesuspicions, telling the Associated Press that training facilitiesoverseen by Homeland Security use as many as 15 million roundsannually, mostly on target practice and training exercises.Yet everybody from critics to congressmen to conspiracytheorists say the numbers, as well as the government agencieslining up for the ammunition, just don’t make sense.For example, much of the 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition willgo to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federalgovernment’s second-biggest crime investigative department.Incidentally, ICE is now releasing detained criminal illegal aliensonto US streets due to the wave of budget cuts.Meanwhile, the Social Security Administration has reportedlypurchased 174,000 hollow-point bullets – which are designed toexplode on impact for maximum damage – for agents who investigatecorruption and other crimes.But why does this government agency need a type of ammunitionfor Main Street, USA, that has been categorically banned for use ininternational war by the Geneva Convention?As former Marine Richard Mason told WHPTV News in Pennsylvaniarecently, hollow-point bullets are not the best choice for trainingpurposes because they are more expensive than standard rounds.”We never trained with hollow points, we didn’t even seehollow points my entire four-and-a-half years in the MarineCorps,” Mason said.Moreover, it seems questionable to say that the US government issimply attempting to deprive US gun owners of their ammunition whenit is also being reported that the government is buying more thanjust fully-automatic assault rifles and bullets.Homeland Security has reportedly acquired an undetermined numberof Mine Resistant Armored Protection (MRAP) vehicles, recentlydecommissioned from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, where they havebeen retrofitted for possible use on the streets ofAmerica.“Regardless of the exact number of MRAP’s being delivered toDHS (and evidently some to Police via DHS, as has been observed),why would they need such over-the-top vehicles on US streets towithstand IEDs, mine blasts, and 50-caliber hits to bullet-proofglass,” asked ‘paramilblogger’ Ken Jorgustin inSeptember.Meanwhile, Forbes magazine, in an article asking for a “nationalconversation” on the matter, asked “why would DHS need such avehicle on our streets?”“It is utterly inconceivable that Department of HomelandSecurity Secretary Janet Napolitano is planning a coup d’etatagainst President Obama and the Congress to install herself asSupreme Ruler of the United States of America,” Ralph Benkowrote in the Forbes op-ed piece. “There, however, are real signsthat the department bureaucrats are runningamok.” Buying 1.6 billion rounds of ammo and deploying armoredpersonnel carriers runs contrary, in every way, to what ‘homelandsecurity’ really means, Benko concluded.Now, given this spate of unexplained paramilitary purchases, anincreasing number of Americans are wondering exactly what the USgovernment is preparing for, especially at a time when Washingtonseems intent to deprive Americans of their Second Amendment rightto arm themselves.