So here is one for the conspiracy theorists. According to Jim Hightower, writing in the Austin Chronicle, the DHS has puchased 100 years worth of bullets.
That equates to 1.6 billion bullets. Buying in bulk always gets a good price, how else can you explain the rise of Costco?
The agency currently uses some 15 million bullets per year, which I presume are all for target practice. At the peak of the Iran war, our Army was shooting 6 million rounds per month, so that would allow the TSA to wage a 20-year war on us.
The good news is based on my experience, ineptitude rules. They would more likely shoot themselves in the foot before working out who the enemy was, much less aim, shoot, point.