Debunking a wacky theory about the Department of Homeland Security stockpiling ammunition
Some conspiracy theories persist in the netherworld of right-wing politics even after conservatives of the biped variety have disavowed them.
In a House hearing Thursday morning, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was sidetracked from her testimony on the DHS budget when Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) [above] asked her to respond to an online conspiracy theory about the DHS supposedly stockpiling ammo for an attack on Americans. Duncan argued this was more credible than mere “Internet rumors” because the Drudge Report, a popular conservative aggregator, said it was true.
But if Jeff Duncan had spent more time recently watching Fox News Channel and less time reading the paranoid crap on the Drudge Report, he could have learned THIS:
A number of Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), have written letters to DHS asking “whether the purchases [of ammo} are part of a deliberate attempt to restrict supply to the American people.”….DHS responded to lawmakers’ questions about the purchase on Friday and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer dismissed the story as a conspiracy theory that night on Special Report…
In its letter to lawmakers, the agency explained that it regularly purchases ammunition in bulk to save money and noted that “the 1.6 billion number was misleading because the language of DHS’s purchase said it would need ‘up to’ a certain amount.” That letter came a month after DHS offered a detailed justification of its purchase to Coburn in February, who later claimed that he was satisfied with the reply.
As Krauthammer explained to Fox News viewers on March 22, “Senator Coburn who isn’t exactly a liberal said number one the amount of ammunition is less than in previous years. Number two, it’s about a tenth of the ceiling that the DHS has allowed,” he said, adding, that the ammunition is “being used for the training of agents like the border security agents who have to go to the range a lot and stay sharp.”
“I hate to disappoint the conspiracy theorists, they’re gonna have to come up with something new and they will,” he concluded.