I have posited elsewhere in these pages that the government (when run by this particular crowd of liberal Democrats at least) very likely engages in tax policy designed to eliminate political competition.
If, for example, you drive off all the wealthy people or confiscate so much of their wealth that they cling (bitterly) to whatever remains, the only people left willing and able to contribute to increasingly expensive political campaigns will be rich crony friends of the government, people who got waivers, or those that benefited from corporate socialism and are wealthy as a result and also dependent on that relationship.
If you own all the rich people you and your aristocracy can expect to control the power indefinitely.
I happen to think it’s a solid theory so here is another one.
If you are the government, and you want to hamstring gun owners whom you object to, why not buy massive quantities of ammunition to both drive up the price and corner the supply? If no one else can get it or afford it, you–by default–not only have more of it, but command a level of policy control without the need for the public pursuit of actual policy.
And with that in mind, is that why the Department of Homeland Security just ordered another 21.6 million rounds of ammunition?
Sure, the feds use up a lot of ammunition, but we’ve seen an accumulation of weapons and ordinance in some strange departments. We know they want to maintain a force monopoly, but the banning schemes are not popular. So why not keep the demand high, paid for with taxpayer dollars for a nice dose of irony, and force the rest of us to pay more for less?
You never know with these folks. That might not be as crazy as it sounds.