Well, I’m calling it. On April 25 House Republicans officially gave into the most radical elements of their party. The House decided it would be a good idea to hold a joint hearing on a debunked Alex Jones conspiracy theory on the Department of Homeland Security’s alleged nefarious ammunition stockpile. The supposed reason for the government stockpile you ask? To keep the bullets out of the hands of citizens and/or because the DHS is preparing to attack the citizens of the United States.
The conservative news outlets and Sarah Palin, have had a field day with this one. Fox News has devoted significant media time to the theory because, well, it’s not like they’ve ever been concerned with things like facts. At times though, even Fox seems to be unsure about how it feels concerning this particular conspiracy theory.
The Associated Press also reported on the issue. “The government bought the bullets in bulk to save money on ammunition used in training and in the field. More than 90 federal agencies and 70,000 agents and officers used the department's training center last year."
In a letter that DHS wrote to Sen. Thomas Coburn (R-OK), they detailed the exact amount of ammunition purchased and for what reason. The theory has also been debunked by, Snopes, Washington Post and the Atlantic. Apparently all of this wasn't enough to quell the fears of people like Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA). Ergo, we had the joint hearing on an actual conspiracy theory in the House of Representatives happen on April 25.
Come on Republicans, it’s like you want to lose the next election.
If you are so inclined, or have about three hours of time to waste you can watch the hearings on YouTube.