GAO Report: Feds Spent Over $1.5 Billion To Arm Itself In The Past 7 Years – Seeks To Infringe On You Arming Yourself
Democrats have threatened to attack the rights of law-abiding Americans that are protected under the Second Amendment in 2019. A Republican President has already unconstitutionally banned bump stocks and supports the violation of the Second, Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution, as well as his duty and the boundaries of congressional legislation by way of Red Flag laws. All of this is against the American citizenry. However, the federal government has had absolutely no problem in creating an army of unconstitutional agencies who will one day be used against the populace and the latest report out of the US Government Accountability Office reveals that the feds have spent over $1.5 billion in the past 7 years to arm all sorts of federal agencies.
According to the December report, there are approximately 120,000 federal law enforcement officers (FLEO), who are in non-military agencies who carry firearms. Among the agencies these FLEOs are in include the Department of Homeland Security, which is what the feds are supposed to be anyway, and the Department of Justice. However, the arming of agents goes way beyond DHS and the DOJ.
Agencies such as the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), US Department of Agriculture, US Department of the Interior, US Department of the Treasury, US Department of Veterans Administration, and the Social Security Administration are also well armed.
All of these agencies are not provisioned in the US Constitution and they are not a necessity for our country to operate constitutionally. Yet, our own government is creating an army against its own people, just like Barry Soetoro wanted.
According to the report, the feds spent at least, “$38.8 million on firearms, $325.9 million on ammunition, and $1.14 billion on tactical equipment—at least $1.5 billion in total—from fiscal years 2010 through 2017.”
Among that expenditure, the inventory of the IRS alone includes:
Pistol and revolver rounds: 3,151,500
Fully automatic firearm Rounds: 56,000
Shotgun rounds: 367,750
Rifle rounds: 1,472,050
Aiming devices: 103
Specialized image enhancement Devices: 178
Tactical lighting: 10
Yep, that’s right, while you and I don’t need “machine guns,” the federal government does believe it needs them against the people, even though the vast majority of them are semi-automatic weapons. Just step back and see how they infringe on our rights while engorging themselves on every weapon they can get their hands on.
Let’s be clear though. These agencies are not merely armed with pistols, rifles, shotguns and revolvers, but they also are equipped with explosive devices, large caliber launchers, pyrotechnics and specialized munitions, breaching equipment, batons, suppressors for their weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles, weaponized aircraft, vessels and vehicles, including armored vehicles, command and control vehicles, tactical vehicles and manned aircraft. These are items that they do not want the ordinary citizen to acquire.
Now, I get that if you are going to arm agents, you have to purchase large quantities of ammo for them to qualify in their training. I’ve been over this before during the large ammo solicitations under the Obama administration, some of which were greatly exaggerated as actual purchases.
However, I’m concerned that a lot of these agencies, which are unconstitutional in the first place in what they are involved in are so heavily armed.
In 2014, when federal agents descended on Bundy Ranch with more than 300 armed federal agents who were intent on stealing and killing Cliven Bundy’s cattle and possibly his family and supporters, it became clear what kind of beast we are creating in DC.
However, it wasn’t as if we were not warned. Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul warned the American people against arming the Bureau of Land Management in 1999. Paul gave a passionate speech on the floor of the House in 1997 declaring the reasons that Americans fear a growing federal government, prompted by the Ruby Ridge and Waco attacks, as well as “many other episodes of an errant federal government.”
“Under the Constitution, it was never meant to be a federal police force,” Paul continued. “Even and FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), limited only to investigations, was not accepted until this century. Yet, today, fueled by the federal government’s misdirected ‘war on drugs,’ radical environmentalism and the aggressive behavior of the ‘Nanny State,’ we have witnessed a massive buildup of a virtual army of armed regulators prowling the states where they have no authority. The sacrifice of individual responsibility and the concept of local government by majority of American citizens ha permitted the army of bureaucrats to thrive.”
Paul stated that the people had become “less vigilant” of their liberties due to their dependence upon government. Because of this, special interest groups would continue to advance a welfare state, which redistributes wealth in America.
“Wealth is limited,” Paul said, “but demands are unlimited. A welfare system inevitably diminishes production and shrinks the economic pie. As this occurs, anger among the competing special interests grows. While Congress and the people concentrate on material welfare and its equal redistribution, the principles of liberty are ignored and freedom is undermined.”
As the enforcement state grows, so do the need for a growing army of bureaucrats. Think if you will about the thousands of new Internal Revenue Service agents that are to be hired to enforce Obamacare. Yes, they are also being trained with semi-automatic rifles and handguns.
“Since groups demanding special favors from the federal government must abuse the rights and property of those who produce wealth and cherish liberty, real resentment is directed at the agents who come to eat out our substance; he natural consequences for the intruders to arm themselves to protect against angry victims of government intrusion” Paul said.
He then cited an article by Joseph Farah, then director of the Western Journalism Center of Sacramento, CA, which appeared in the Houston Chronicle.
“The surge in the number of armed Federal bureaucrats has been brought to our attention,” Paul paraphrased. “Farah points out that in 1996 alone, at least 2,439 new Federal cops were authorized to carry firearms. That takes the total up to nearly 60,000. Farah points out that these cops were not only in agencies like the FBI, but include the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Even Bruce Babbitt, according to Farah, wants to arm the Bureau of Land Management.”
Farah logically asked, “When will the NEA have its armed art cops?”
“It is ironic that the proliferation of guns in the hands of the bureaucrats is pushed by the antigun fanatics who hate the second amendment and would disarm every law-abiding American citizen,” the Texas Congressman continued. “Yes, we need gun control. We need to disarm our bureaucrats, then abolish the agencies. If government bureaucrats like guns that much, let them seek work with the NRA.”
Paul then warned, “Force and intimidation are the tools of tyrants. Intimidation with government guns, the threat of imprisonment, and the fear of harassment by government agents puts fear into the hearts of millions of Americans.”
As an example, he cited events of that time period under womanizer and adulterer-in-chief Bill Clinton. “Four days after Paula Jones refused a settlement in her celebrated suit, she received notice that she and her husband would be audited for 1995 taxes. Since 1994 is the current audit year for the IRS, the administration’s denial that the audit is related to the suit is suspect, to say the least. Even if it is coincidental, do not try to convince the American people. Most Americans, justifiably cynical and untrusting toward the Federal Government, know the evidence exists that since the 1970’s both Republican and Democratic administrations have not hesitated to intimidate their political enemies with IRS audits and regulatory harassment.”
“Even though the average IRS agent does not carry a gun, the threat of incarceration and seizure of property is backed up by many guns,” Paul concluded. “All government power is ultimately gun power and serves the interests of those who despise or do not comprehend the principles of liberty. The gun in the hands of law-abiding citizens serves to hold in check arrogant and aggressive government. Guns in the hands of the bureaucrats do the opposite. The founders of this country fully understood this fact.”
You may think there is nothing to be concerned about, but history teaches us that the worst is yet to come for a people when tyranny continues in the land.
Article posted with permission from Sons of Liberty Media