SSA Defends Questionable Ammunition Purchase - Consumer Justice Foundation

SSA Defends Questionable Ammunition Purchase

Written by Faith Anderson on September 4, 2012
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SSA Preparing to Combat Civil Unrest?

Hollow-point bullets – like the ones that were used by the police officers in the Empire State Building shooting and were the cause of injury for all nine bystanders hit by police gunfire – are standard-issue for many police agencies, the SSA said in response to concerns about its questionable purchase. Hollow-point bullets replaced traditional bullets 14 years ago, and are designed to mushroom when they hit their target, which reduces the chance of the bullets exiting a person’s body and injuring innocent bystanders. For this same reason, hollow-point bullets cause considerably more internal damage for a target than a traditional bullet would.

According to right-wing website Infowars, the Social Security Administration’s purchase of 174,000 hollow-point bullets could be a preparatory move to protect the agency against potential civil unrest. “Social Security welfare is estimated to keep around 40 percent of senior citizens out of poverty. Should the tap run dry in the aftermath of an economic collapse which the Federal Reserve has already told top banks to prepare for, domestic disorder could ensure if people are refused their benefits.” This notion is similar to the one that questioned the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s move to stock up on body bags and other supplies, suggesting that the agency was prepping for some kind of civil collapse.

Agency Claims Bullets are for Target Practice

In the face of the public outcry over the SSA’s purchase of such a considerable amount of ammo, the agency’s public affairs spokespersons – usually responsible for issuing releases about looking up benefits information or accelerating disability decisions – issued a recent statement claiming that 295 SSA agents needed the hollow-point bullets for target practice and to protect the agency’s 66 offices across the United States. Apparently, the Social Security’s office of inspector general has about 295 agents who investigate Social Security fraud and other crimes. While this might explain why the federal agency is stockpiling ammunition, why go for expensive high-end hollow-point bullets instead of cheaper traditional bullets for target practice? “For practice ammunition, they do not have to be hollow-point bullets […]” said William J. Muldoon, president of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training.

Social Security Agents are Armed on Duty

“These investigators have full law enforcement authority, including executing search warrants and making arrests,” the SSA said in response to the public uproar in August. “Our investigators are similar to your state or local police officers. They use traditional investigative techniques, and they are armed when on official duty.” The Social Security Administration says that its investigators “use this ammunition during their mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions, to ensure agent and public safety.” Why though, do SSA agents have to use high-end hollow-point bullets designed to cause significant tissue damage upon entry for target practice and weapons qualifications? If you believe the conspiracy theorists, it’s because the agency plans to quell public unrest.

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