Obama DHS To Buy 7,000 "Assault Weapons" "Personal Defense Weapons"

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OH the blatant hypocrisy of the politicians and those in government in Washington. When they want you to be afraid of civilians with semi-automatic rifles they refer to them as "assault weapons," but when they want to purchase similar weapons for their people, they refer to them as "personal defense weapons." This is documented in the latest request for a General Service Administration (GSA) request for proposal (RFP) by the Department of Homeland Security on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

If you will notice, DHS is also soliciting for "commercial items" that use "5.56x45mm NATO ammunition." Again, the hypocrisy is astounding. Aren't we being told by people like Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that these are "military style weapons," not "commercial items"? Isn't she the one proclaiming that these don't need to be on our streets, but in the theater of war? Yet, it appears those in government want to take a "Do as I say, not as I do" approach to telling us what we can and cannot have when it pertains to the Second Amendment. They want them on the streets, in the airports, at the bus stop and on trains, as long as it's in the hands of their hirelings.

Additionally, the solicitation refers to these "commercial items" as "“Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) – 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.” In other words, these weapons can be set for single shot or multiple shots with one pull of the trigger. DHS is also requesting high capacity magazines that “have a capacity to hold thirty (30) 5.56x45mm NATO rounds.”

Following a major gun control law passed in New York City, New York State Senator Greg Ball (R) brought attention to the weapons request in a press release. Ball also pointed to the civilian version of these weapons and how they have been used as "personal defense weapons" when he said:

“Now the Department of Homeland Security even agrees that these modern sporting firearms, made illegal by Governor Cuomo, are suitable for self defense. On top of that, a recent story reports that two RIT students who were legal gun owners were protected by an AR-15. The story may have had a very tragic ending, had Governor Cuomo’s anti-self defense bill been in full effect. If the story is accurate, their legal ownership of this modern sporting rifle evidently saved their lives. While Cuomo says ‘it doesn’t take 10 bullets to kill a deer’, it evidently only took an unloaded AR-15 to protect a household. Luckily these criminals struck before Governor Cuomo’s gun grab was fully unleashed.”

While people like Dianne Feinstein and Vice President Joe Biden think the American public aren't capable of handling such weapons and don't need them for personal defense, that is exactly what DHS is getting them for. I ask you, why do DHS agents need these weapons? Why do they need high capacity magazines? Are they facing a major threat here in America they have not made the public aware of? Why is Joe Biden not telling them that they are "dangerous" and even though they may know what they are doing with them, they should instead carry a double barreled shotgun? That's all they need for protection anyways, right?

Sen. Feinstein said last week that the long term goal of her legislation is to "dry up the supply of these weapons." Reports abounded about the federal agencies acquiring massive amounts of ammunition last year, including DHS. Currently this is a low time of year for production of ammunition, but do you think these requests have anything to do with it? How about firearms? Yes, there is a tremendous demand by the public, but when the government gets involved and starts spending our money on these weapons, what do you think the purpose is in acquiring them? I'm not drawing a particular conclusion. I just simply ask you to take a step back and evaluate what we are being spoon fed. If you are awake, you will make appropriate measures for your future.

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  • bob

    Yes, evaluate what you are spoon fed, even here. Everything the gov't buys is a 'commercial item' if it isn't a purpose built item to speficiations of a contract. Shoes, boots, guns, food, IT are all commercial items.

    Every solicitation for a federal civilian employee weapon is a "Personal Defense Weapon", it has nothing to do with anything. The "Assault Rifle" is a fictious weapon. It doesn't exist. It can't be ordered. It's a description of a scary thing, select fire capabilities.

    The rest is about the math, use it. DHS has 70,000 badged employees issued weapons. FLETC is a training facility that trains every federal agency, most state and local police forces,and some Allied overseas police and federal agents. They burn through a lot of ammo. Anyone who actually ever shot at a range knows how easy it is to go through a box of 50. If you go to a tactical school, they ask you to bring 1000 rds for 3 days. If you, Joe Plumber at TacSchoolBravo run through 300 rds a day, how many rounds a day do you think 70K+ police can run through?

    And, why hollow points? B/c any one who shoots for personal defense (which is what police are supposed to determine when applying deadly force, imminent threat to self or others, i.e. defense) knows you train with the same ammo you carry. Plink with whatever you want, but only load carry ammo in your carry weapon.

    Are you all really that spoon fed you fail to apply the same logic from your own personal experiences to training LEOs?

    • TNUGA

      Excellent post, Bob. You are in the minority, but if enough of us share the facts, perhaps we can make a difference.

  • Tripmom92

    remember what Obama said during first term election.... he wanted a civilian force equal to military.... sounds like he is preparing for that Obama and his administration seem to becoming that tyrannical government that the 2nd amendment is created to fight against.
    people get ready....

  • vintageautomobilia

    Look at the record: Wounded Knee, Kent State, Ruby Ridge, Waco, etc. Why do you think the Federal Government has these firearms and ammunition? Wake up people!!