Now it’s the U.S. Postal Service getting into the business of buying large quantities of ammunition? Does a place with enough violence in it’s history to cause the coining of the phrase “going postal” really need a whole lotta ammo?
The USPS recently listed a purchasing notice on its website which reads: “The United States Postal Service intends to solicit proposals for assorted small arms ammunition.” Wtf?
Read this from Newsmax:
Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Washington-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, said: “We’re seeing a highly unusual amount of ammunition being bought by the federal agencies over a fairly short period of time. To be honest, I don’t understand why the federal government is buying so much at this time.”
Jake McGuigan, director of state affairs and government relations for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said widely reported federal ammunition purchases have sparked conspiracy-type fears among gun owners, who worry that the federal government is trying to crack down on Second Amendment rights via the back door by limiting the ammo available to owners.
It’s not just the USPS that is stocking up on ammo. A little more than a year ago, the Social Security Administration put in a request for 174,000 rounds of “.357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacketed hollow-point” bullets. Before that, it was the Department of Agriculture requesting 320,000 rounds. More recently, the Department of Homeland Security raised eyebrows with its request for 450 million rounds — at about the same time the FBI separately sought 100 million hollow-point rounds.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also requested 46,000 rounds. Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, asked: why exactly does a weather service need ammunition? “The problem is, all these agencies have their own SWAT teams, their own police departments, which is crazy. In theory, it was supposed to be the U.S. marshals that was the armed branch for the federal government.”
The Energy Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Commerce Department, and the U.S. Agency for International Development are a few of the federal entities that boast an armed division, tasked with investigating fraud and suspected criminal activities. As such, the agents get to carry guns.”Most of these agencies do have their own police forces,” said Jim Wallace, executive director of the Massachusetts-based Gun Owners’ Action League.
What the hell are they worried about – that’s what I want to know ? When we get a magazine delivered that’s obviously already been read, it’s annoying – but who gets mad enough for an armed confrontation?
more from Newsmax:
That, perhaps more than federal ammunition purchases, is the larger issue, he suggested, and Van Cleave agreed. “What’s the need for that? Do we really need this? That was something our Founding Fathers did not like and we should all be concerned about,” Van Cleave said, speaking of the expansion of police forces throughout all levels of government.
The Department of Homeland Security employs in its various law enforcement entities — from the Coast Guard to the Secret Service to Customs and Border Protection — more than 200,000 workers, an estimated 135,000 of whom are authorized to carry weapons. “We realize that the House is still investigating the ammo purchases by the administration, but from what we’ve seen so far, most representatives don’t seem alarmed,” said Erich Pratt, communications director for Gun Owners of America.
“I don’t believe in conspiracy theories, but it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense,” Gottlieb said. “The amount of ammunition they’re buying up far exceeds their needs. It far exceeds what they’ll use — they’ll never use it all.”
Of course after the events of this past weekend in the Nevada desert, these things may begin to make more sense..
Just watch out for your dog when the mailman comes around next time – he may be looking for revenge and packing a little heat..
Remember: The Postman always shoots twice.. boo.
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