U.S. DoD to Waste $1 Billion Destroying $16 Billion in Ammo


U.S. DoD to Waste $1 Billion Destroying $16 Billion in Ammo

Have we, the people, become the enemy?

If not, then why doesn’t the U.S. government, which knows very well that ammunition has become increasingly rare and costly for citizens, share the wealth–which after all was taken from us in the first place?

Senator Tom Coburn’s annual waste report has revealed Pentagon plans to spend a bunch of dough–a billion bucks–to destroy $16 billion dollars’ worth of “surplus ammunition.”

The report says, “The amount of surplus ammunition is now so large that the cost of destroying it will equal the full years’ salary for over 54,000 Army privates.”

The quantity deemed worthy of destruction amounts to more than a third of all of the U.S. Army’s ammo: approximately 39% of their massive inventory has been classified as “excess to all the services’ requirements.”

What ever happened to the days when surplus ammunition found its way back to the citizens whose taxes actually paid for it? Sure, I get that the army isn’t going to hand out artillery shells or hand grenades, but I’d bet there are large quantities of small arms ammunition included, which could be put to good use by the people who paid for it–you and me.

Most likely, the government doesn’t trust us with the ammunition. If that’s the case, how can we trust them with it?

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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