Homeland Security to Purchase 141,000 Rounds of 'Zombie Hunter' Sniper Ammo: Apologies for Training Targets Showing Children, Pregnant Women
February 14, 2014
Paul Joseph Watson / Infowars.com
The DHS is buying more bullets with a solicitation for over 141,00 rounds of .308 bullets -- sniper ammo designed for "long range capability." Such ammunition is called "Zombie Max," because of its killing power. More troubling news for a US agency that once paid a company $2 million dollars to provide a line of "no hesitation" training targets to prepare police to fire on "non-traditional threats." The targets depicted included pregnant women, children and elderly gun owners.
Homeland Security to Purchase 141,000 Rounds of 'Zombie Hunter' Sniper Ammo
Paul Joseph Watson / Infowars.com
(February 11, 2014) -- The Department of Homeland Security is buying more bullets with a solicitation for over 141,00 rounds of sniper ammunition.
According to a solicitation posted on FedBizOpps, the federal agency is looking to procure 141,160 rounds of Hornady .308 Winchester 168gr A-MAX TAP ammunition.
Such ammunition is sometimes retailed as "Zombie Max," a marketing gimmick alluding to its power.
"What makes the .308 ammunition so deadly is the long range capability of the round," notes James Smith. "The ability is called ballistic coefficient, or the efficiency of a projectile in overcoming air resistance as it travels to its target. According to Speer Reloading Manual Number 13, the .308 165 grain has the highest coefficient of any hunting rifle."
The latest purchase further illustrates the fallacy of the DHS' excuse that it is buying bullets in bulk in order to save money.
The federal agency will pay around $1.20 for each round, when a lower grain round could be acquired for around a quarter of the price.
The DHS has faced questions over the last couple of years as to the purpose of its mass ammo purchases which have totaled over 2 billion bullets, with some fearing the federal agency is gearing up for civil unrest.
The majority of the bullets purchased by the DHS were hollow point rounds (one order alone amounted to 450 million of them). Hollow point bullets just happen to be completely unsuitable for training purposes because they cost significantly more money compared to standard firing range bullets, contradicting claims by the DHS that the bullets were merely for training purposes and were bought in bulk to save money.
Large-scale DHS bulk buys have contributed to ammo shortages across the country. In April last year, the Government Accountability Office announced that it would be investigating the issue, although no follow up has been forthcoming.
In May last year, the DHS sent out a request for information asking companies if they could provide 2 million bullets within a 30-60 day turnaround period.
In February last year, Law Enforcement Targets Inc., a contractor that had previously done $2 million dollars worth of business with the DHS, was forced to apologize after producing "no more hesitation" shooting targets which depicted pregnant women, children, and elderly gun owners in residential settings as "non-traditional threats." [See story below.]
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DHS Contractor Apologizes For Selling
Shooting Targets of Children, Pregnant Women
Paul Joseph Watson / Infowars.com
(February 22, 2013) -- A company which received $2 million dollars from the DHS has apologized and taken offline "no more hesitation" shooting targets which depicted pregnant women, children, and elderly gun owners in residential settings as "non-traditional threats," following an online uproar.
As we first reported on Tuesday, Law Enforcement Targets Inc. (LET), a Minneapolis based company that has received almost $2 million dollars in contracts from the Department of Homeland Security over the last three years, recently began selling cardboard cut-out targets designed to desensitize police to "non-traditional threats," including pregnant women, mothers in school playgrounds, and little boys, as well as elderly gun owners in their homes.
The company's relationship with the DHS, along with thousands of law enforcement agencies, led to fears that the targets could be connected with Homeland Security's purchase of roughly 2 billion rounds of ammunition over the last year, which many fear is linked to preparations for mass social unrest. As we documented, the LET's contracts with the DHS were for "training aids" and "paperboard".
In its apology, posted on the company's website as well as Facebook, LET acknowledged that the targets were requested by law enforcement agencies.
We apologize for the offensive nature of our "No More Hesitation" products. These products have been taken offline due to the opinions expressed by so many, including members of the law enforcement community.
This product line was originally requested and designed by the law enforcement community to train police officers for unusually complex situations where split-second decisions could lead to unnecessary loss of life.
Consistent with our company mission as a training supplier (not a training methods company), we will continue to seek input from law enforcement professionals to better serve their training objectives and qualification needs. We sincerely appreciate law enforcement professionals for the risks they take in providing safety and defending freedom.
The company's excuse that the targets were designed to help police prevent "unnecessary loss of life" is highly dubious given that the images were all of armed individuals termed "non-traditional threats," designed to ensure "no more hesitation" from police officers encountering them.
As one respondent to the company explained, "Look, each of the supposed "threats" appeared to be in their own home settings. They were also all holding a weapon …. it is obvious these paper targets were never intended to be decoy (don't shoot targets). It is apparent this was designed to assist in desensitizing the trainee."
In addition, the company had previously struck a different tone when it told Reason's Mike Riggs that the targets were designed to combat, "hesitation on the part of cops when deadly force is required on subjects with atypical age, frailty or condition."
Although the targets have been taken off the company's website, it's unclear whether or not they have been removed from sale entirely.
Mike Lilly, a retired 32-year police officer, demanded that the targets be discontinued completely.
"Whomever convinced you this was a good idea needs psychological counseling. Proper training and readiness is NOT dependent on shooting pictures of pregnant women and children. Anyone who says otherwise is seriously mistaken or has another agenda It is noted that you say they were taken OFFLINE. Have they been DISCONTINUED AND RECALLED?" he stated.
Lilly's concern was echoed by retired City of Houston police officer T.F. Stern, who asked why police officers were being trained "to feel nothing's wrong in shooting a pregnant lady or an old man with a shotgun inside his own home."
View the targets that caused the uproar at the following link: http://www.infowars.com/dhs-contractor-apologizes-for-selling-shooting-targets-of-children/.
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