The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is facing criticism over its as-yet-unexplained decision to stockpile ammunition – specifically hollow point bullets – at a time when government is supposed to be watching its bottom line.

DHS purchased 360,000 rounds of hollow point bullets recently – on top of 1.5 billion hollow point rounds purchased a year ago. Another 1.6 billion hollow point rounds will be purchased in the next few years.

The agency’s rationale? The old “Sam’s Club” excuse … a.k.a. it’s cheaper to buy bullets in bulk. Of course that doesn’t apply to hollow points, which are twice as expensive as full metal jackets. Nor does it explain the immediate need for this ammo-buying spree … which has exacerbated ammunition shortages in private sector marketplace.

Our theory? When government kicked off its “War on Guns,” Americans went on a firearm purchasing spree. This is government’s way of trying to keep up …

For more info, check out this great recap from the folks over at Infowars