‘DHS Purchases 1.2 Billion Domestic Anti-Personnel Rounds’: Homeland Security Article is Satire

January 30, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

An article saying that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) bought more than 1.2 billion rounds of “domestic anti-personnel” rounds manufactured in China is satire.

The article was published on The Duffel Blog this week, which only posts satire news stories.

“The new DAP round represents a great leap forward in ammunition design,” a fake official–David Lo Pan, spokesman for NORINCO North America–was quoted as saying in the article. “While the new round is not armor-piercing, it can easily penetrate the Old Testament, The Book of Mormon, iPhones, fanny packs, pocket-sized constitutions, Members Only jackets, frock coats, powdered wigs, and picket signs.”

On its disclaimer, the blog clearly states it’s satire.

“We are in no way, shape, or form, a real news outlet. Everything on this website is satirical and the content of this site is a parody of a news organization. No composition should be regarded as truthful, and no reference of an individual, company, or military unit seeks to inflict malice or emotional harm,” the website’s disclaimer reads.

“All characters, groups, and military units appearing in these works are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, or actual military units and companies is purely coincidental.”

But there was a good number of people who believed it to be true.

“Wow. What the hell have we come to when our government purchases ammunition with the express purpose of killing its own citizens? It also gives me pause to realize that they specifically mentioned veterans in their statement,” wrote one person.

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