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Gun Lobby Day generates many questions

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

I participated in the March 6 Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day. We were briefed on many issues.

One issue in particular gave me great concern. We were informed of some recent requests for purchase made by the Department of Homeland Security.

I wonder whether U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos of the 17th Congressional District could tell the people of Illinois why the Department of Homeland Security needed to buy the following items: 21 million rounds of .223-caliber ammunition; more than 7,500 M16s with full auto-fire capabilities described as personal defense weapons; armored personnel vehicles and light tanks; drone aircraft to be used inside the U.S. borders; and 500,000 caskets.

While a logical explanation of some of those items could be reasoned, I am at a loss to see why the Department of Homeland Security would need tanks, and I wonder what is the perceived use for a half million caskets. With whom is the Department of Homeland Security planning to go to war?

I look forward to an answer to my questions.

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