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The (not so awful) truth

Gazette staff March 4th, 2014

You know what’s fun? Debunking crazy conspiracy theories. Like, have you heard the one about the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stockpiling ammunition in order to keep them out of the hands of civilians? Because, you know, Obama is a secret communist who’s going to take all our guns away?

Yeah, not true. Even Tom Coburn said that’s a lie. According to a report released by the U.S. Senator and the General Accountability Office (bet you didn’t know we had one of those), DHS ammunition purchases fell by almost 50 million rounds over the last four years — from 132.9 million in 2009 to 84.1 million in 2013.

Furthermore, the report said DHS plans to buy only 75 million rounds in 2014.

Maybe it’s just us, but this data would seem to contradict what crazy people have been saying.

Thanks, Obama. So, how can Republicans spin this into a negative? Take it away, Tom!

“I am pleased DHS has worked in good faith, and in a transparent manner, with both myself and the GAO,” Coburn said. “I will continue to conduct rigorous oversight of DHS programs and will specifically work with Congress and the GAO to examine how duplicative federal police forces cause excess and waste across the federal government.”

Thank heavens we have watchdogs like Coburn. Without them, people might make up kooky, deranged lies and pass them on as truth.

Aw, who are we kidding? People will do that regardless.

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