The federal government is arming an alarming number of personnel with a massive stockpile of heavy weaponry in agencies that seem unlikely in need of such paramilitary mobilization.
This is according to a new report by American Transparency, a nonpartisan watchdog whose goal, according to their website, is “to post Every Dime. Online. In Real Time. of all government spending.”
The report, though just released, chronicles “non-military federal agencies purchases of guns, ammo,and military-style equipment” between the fiscal years of 2006 and 2014.
Just one example of the report’s alarming finds is what the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, an agency of the US Department of Agriculture, is up to.
The Boston Globe is reporting:
In the space of eight years, the group [Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service] amassed a stockpile of pistols, shotguns, and semiautomatic rifles, along with ample supplies of ammunition, liquid explosives, gun scopes, and suppressors. In its cache as well are night-vision goggles, gas cannons, plus armored vests, drones, and surveillance equipment. Between 2006 and 2014, this organization spent nearly $4.8 million to arm itself. Yet its aggressive weapons buildup has drawn almost no public attention.
It comes as a surprise that such a domestic agency of the federal government should be so militarized. But the bigger shock comes from the fact that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is just one example of 67 federal agencies and offices that the feds have spent $1.48 billion on arming, in Special Forces style, since 2006.
The Boston Globe continues:
The largest share of that spending has gone to traditional law enforcement agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and the US Secret Service. But the arms race has metastasized to federal agencies with strictly regulatory or administrative functions. The Internal Revenue Service, for example, now spends more than $1 million annually on firearms, ammunition, and military gear, double what it was spending a decade ago. Since 2006, the Department of Veterans Affairs — which has been sharply criticized for episodes of fatal incompetence in patient care — has poured nearly $11.7 million into guns and ammo. Even the Smithsonian Institution and the Social Security Administration have each devoted hundreds of thousands of dollars to weaponry.
Incredibly, there are now fewer US Marines than there are officers at federal administrative agencies with the authority to carry weapons and make arrests. The soaring growth of this federal arsenal alarms Adam Andrzejewski, the head of American Transparency’s OpenTheBooks.com, which researched and assembled the new report. “Just who,” he asks, “are the feds planning to battle?”
Mr. Andrzejewski is right to question what it’s all for. Let’s not forget how hard feds push for gun bans.
House lawmakers stage mock sit-ins on the floor of Congress to fight against due process and our Second Amendment rights.
Lobbyists ask what gun owners need their guns for.
Our president shies away from the words “Islamic Terrorism” while practically leaping in front of cameras at every opportunity to declare, among other lies, that mass shootings just don’t happen in other countries.
Mainstream media hypnotizes a nation going through decades of decreasing gun violence and decreasing mass shootings into thinking the Second Amendment is bringing about America’s End-Times, and soon.
And through it all, THIS:
The fight to protect the Second Amendment has become a two-front war. Citizens are being disarmed while the feds lock ‘n’ load.
Is this yet another, albeit shocking, example of hypocrisy from an armed administration who asks its citizens what they need guns for? Or is there more to this? Who are the targets for millions of dollars worth of domestic agency militarization?
Let us know what you think, and sound off in the comments below.