America’s gun culture has been the subject of intense interest and controversy for years, with concerns frequently raised about shadowy militias, paramilitary extremists, and unstable mass shooters in possession of explosives and firearms.
However, amid the current gun-control debate and protests calling for more legislation to further prohibit private gun ownership, one domestic organization’s fearsome arsenal of military-style equipment has been left out of the conversation.
In just the past decade, the group 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. Yet this organization’s aggressive weapons buildup to arm itself has drawn almost NO public attention.
Does all this firepower belong to a terror cell? A right-wing hate group? A vicious urban gang or mass shooter?
None of the above.
It is the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT itself, that has built up such a formidable collection of munitions, for it’s dozens of federal agencies who spend lavishly on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment purchased with your tax dollars. While arguments long and loud about all the deadly firepower in the hands of private US citizens causes protests and divisions among us, far less notice has been paid to all the deadly firepower in the hands of our federal bureaucrats, with dozens of federal agencies — entities that will never be called on to fight foreign enemies — who now pack heat at unprecedented levels.
It is hypocritical for political leaders to undermine the Second Amendment while simultaneously equipping non-military government agencies with military style equipment.
This explosive — and expensive — trend toward militarizing federal agencies, most of which have no military responsibilities, shows, between 2006 and 2014, 67 federal bureaus, departments, offices, and services spent at least $1.48 billion on ammunition and material one might expect to find in the hands of SWAT teams, Special Forces soldiers — or terrorists.
Although, 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, it has metastasized to federal agencies with strictly regulatory or administrative functions. 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 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. Special agents at the IRS equipped with AR-15 military-style rifles? Health and Human Services “Special Office of Inspector General Agents” being trained by the Army’s Special Forces contractors? The Department of Veterans Affairs arming 3,700 employees? Perhaps that, is something Americans should be arguing about at the next march on Washington.
The American experiment put government in the hands of the people, recognizing that our government exists at the pleasure and ‘consent of the governed’. The Second Amendment to the Constitution, like all of the Bill of Rights, is not a right conferred on the people by the federal government to be given or taken away at will. If it can be shackled, limited, restricted, or wiped away altogether, it leaves the rest of those enumerated rights vulnerable as well. As the size, scope, and power of the federal government has dramatically grown over the past couple of decades,We the People – MUST become a more informed electorate.
Thus, are the “Red Flag” Bills that are currently sweeping the country really ‘Red Herrings’ meant to achieve some other purpose, because in Rhode Island, as elsewhere, there are already broad categories of persons prohibited in law from possessing firearms or ammunition:
Fugitives of justice or illegal aliens
Those deemed mentally incompetent
Those ordered to undergo drug treatment or confinement
Domestic abusers & those convicted of other violent-based offenses, including anyone suspected of cyber-stalking, cyber-harassment, and disorderly conduct.
It’s time to ask why our Government is trying to disarm it’s own citizens with more legislation — while at the same time Washington’s federal agencies continue to amass arsenals of firearms, ammunition and military weapons in such unprecedented amounts, that it begs the question… “Just who, are the feds planning to battle?” This is the question that has been left out of the gun-control conversation that needs to be ASKED and answered NOW — before any more prohibitions are proposed or placed on the 2nd Amendment resulting in law abiding citizens being disarmed… and the government the only one with firearms!
* Read Full Report Here – https://www.openthebooks.com/assets/1/7/Oversight_TheMilitarizationOfAmerica_06102016.pdf