DHS Using Children and Pregnant Women as Targets
Then, if you will, continue imagining as that person shoots holes into said target. Now, once that target is full of holes, that same person places a paper target of a young girl holding hands with, say, a younger sister – again, holding a gun – down range and proceeds shoot holes into that target as well.
Now, continue imagining. You look over at the shooter. It’s a DHS agent and his partner – a local law enforcement official.
You can stop imagining now. DHS and local law enforcement are using just such targets to train.
Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. is providing DHS and law enforcement departments all across the U.S. with targets ”designed to give officers the experience of dealing with deadly force shooting scenarios with subjects that are not the norm during training.”
These targets are called “No More Hesitation” targets. According to their website, “No More Hesitation faded background enhances the isolation and is meant to help the transition for officers who are faced with these highly unusal (sic) targets for the first time.”
The targets include “pregnant woman threat,” “older man with shotgun,” “older man in home with shotgun,” “older woman with gun,” “young school aged girl,” “young mother on playground,” and “little boy with real gun.”
The website has since taken some of the target photos offline. The server has also crashed, so good luck searching their site.
It seems DHS and local law enforcement is gearing up in many ways. Non-military agencies have purchased over 2 billion rounds of ammunition this year. To put that in perspective, U.S. troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month during the Iraqi war. At that rate, DHS is now supplied for a 24-year Iraq war. But DHS is an internal agency. And those rounds are spread out over multiple, internal, agencies.
The initial response to such large ammunition purchases was one of dismissal – agents need target practice. When dismissal didn’t work, the public was told it was to help reduce cost by purchasing in bulk.
But what you really should be concerned about is not simply the number of rounds purchased by DHS, but the total number of federal law enforcement officers employed by the U.S. government. Jeff Knox, director of The Firearms Coalition, said “there are currently more than 70 different federal law enforcement agencies employing over 120,000 officers…”
Furthermore, Knox says “That’s an increase of nearly 30 percent between 2004 and 2008. If the trends have continued upward at a relatively steady rate, that would put the total number of federal law enforcement officers at somewhere between 135,000 and 145,000. That’s a pretty staggering number, especially when you consider that there are only an estimated 765,000 state and local law enforcement officers. That means that about one in seven law enforcement officers in the country works directly for the federal government, not a local jurisdiction.”
If you remember, The Allegiant recently published quotes from a DHS/DOD source stating military/law enforcement drills conducted within multiple U.S. cities were a form of “desensitization”.
I am not Chicken Little and the sky is not falling at the moment. However, 2 billion rounds of ammunition appears excessive. And the end customers of that ammunition are the internal police agencies – agencies within our own borders. As revealed in our recent report, the express purpose of this purchase appears to be in response to reports of predicted insurrection in U.S. cities this coming summer.