Wednesday, September 12, 2012

SSA Speaks Out Following Widespread Conspiracy Theories on Ammo Purchase

Recently, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced its request to purchase 174,000 rounds of .357 Sig grain bonded jacketed hollow point bullets and the said news immediately broke all over the Internet.

Unfortunately, the agency’s plan of purchasing bullets has sparked different theories why an agency that is providing benefits to retirees, disabled workers, survivors, and dependents would need ammunitions.

Since then, the issue became a distraction for the agency, which prompted it to dedicate a specific website explaining the purchase.

According to a statement released by the agency, it claimed that the bullets are intended for its office of inspector general, which houses nearly 300 agents who investigate Social Security fraud and other crimes.

The agency’s assistant inspector general for external relations, Jonathan L. Lasher said that last year, the agency carried out 589 guns and fraud and criminal arrests. Also, the agency served search warrants and responded to threats against its offices, employees, and customers.

Now, after the agency’s request for ammo purchase has been granted, Lasher further explained that the recently purchased bullets, which sum up to about 590 per agent, are reserved for the upcoming fiscal year. Some of the bullets will be used on the firing range, added Lasher.

After the agency explained itself regarding the bullet purchase, disputes about why agents need hollow-point bullets instead of the other types of ammo subsequently sparked again. According to some critics, hollow-point bullets are known for causing more tissue damage than other bullets when it hit a person since such type of ammo expands when it enters the body.

Lasher, defending the agency, stated that hollow-point bullets are the standard issue for many law enforcement agencies. In fact, Lasher’s statement was duly confirmed by the directors of two law enforcement training centers.

Apparently, Lasher, on behalf of the agency, had clearly pointed out his views. Just like any other federal agency, the SSA also needs to beef up its training and security, according to a Los Angeles long term disability lawyer.