A May 7th solicitation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks “the commercial acquisition of submachine guns [in] .40 Cal. S&W.”
According to the solicitation, the Dept. of Agriculture wants the guns to have an “ambidextrous safety, semiautomatic or 2 round [bursts] trigger group, Tritium night sights front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore group) and scope (top rear), stock collapsible or folding,” and a “30 rd. capacity” magazine.
They also want the submachine guns to have a “sling,” be “lightweight,” and have an “oversized trigger guard for gloved operation.”
Question: why exactly does the USDA need these weapons?
The American government has been arming itself to the teeth in recent years, and the recent Bundy Ranch dispute with the Bureau of Land Management has once again spotlighted the fact that the U.S. has over 40 federal agencies that control armed, paramilitary style units now.
According to Watchdog.org, the depth of the U.S. government’s arms race should shock people:
It may come as a surprise to many U.S. taxpayers, but a slew of federal agencies — some whose responsibilities seem to have little to do with combating crime — carry active law enforcement operations.
Here’s a partial list:
- The U.S. Department of Education
- The Bureau of Land Management (200 uniformed law enforcement rangers and 70 special agents)
- The U.S. Department of the Interior
- The U.S. Postal Inspection Service (with an armed uniformed division of 1.000)
- The National Park Service (made up of NPS protection park rangers and U.S. Park Police officers that operate independently)
- The Environmental Protection Agency (200 special agents)
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (224 special agents)
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
That’s right, NOAA — the folks who forecast the weather, monitor the atmosphere and keep tabs on the oceans and waterways — has its own law enforcement division. It has a budget of $65 million and consists of 191 employees, including 96 special agents and 28 enforcement officers who carry weapons.
A more complete list of our nation’s armed agencies can be found here.
Americans have sat back and watched as a multitude of agencies have purchased thousands upon thousands of weapons and over a billion rounds of ammo. Agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (over a billion rounds, or several thousand rounds per agent per year), the Social Security Administration (174,000 rounds), and the Internal Revenue Service (AR-15s for “standoff capability”). Earlier this year, even the USPS and the NOAA were buying up rounds. What do they need all that for?
Again, why does the USDA need these weapons? FedBizOpps does not say, of course.
Then again, maybe a better question might be: why do all these agencies need to be armed in the first place? Does the U.S. Department of Education really need its own paramilitary unit? For what?
This government arms race is being run into the ground, and the burgeoning American police state continues to swell, even as the Obama Administration continues to chip away at the average American citizen’s 2nd Amendment rights by signing gun control executive orders. He signed a couple more just a few months ago:
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According to Obama’s newest unconstitutionally enacted law, healthcare professionals are now required to violate HIPPA privacy laws and submit medical data to the government. The illegally obtained data is then used as justification for gun confiscation by the federal government.Showing exactly the kind of man Obama is, and not having been able to pass these gun control laws through congress, Obama has unconstitutionally used executive actions to pass the laws he wasn’t able to through legal means.
In what some are interpreting to be a much bigger and devious than it seems,—a tip of the iceberg type deal—the government is mandating healthcare professionals disregard their oaths and state law. The government has mandated that patient’s medical data be submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
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