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Can We Trust Non-Military Government Agencies with Guns? And Why Do They Have Them?

By Tom Coburn and Adam Andrzejewski | Wall Street Journal


Editor's Note: we should have more articles like this in order to truly understand at least one reason why owners of guns and their advocates so zealously oppose additional gun regulation. At a time when the US government is not very popular in certain circles, when it has been shown to be corrupt in numerous areas by whistleblowers, and when various groups are being called “domestic terrorists, the news of arming and training non-military government agencies may reasonably seen as suspect. We may ask such questions as is the military not seen as capable enough to address violence if it arises; can we trust these individuals to be wise in their use of guns, by what protocols and in which cases might they use the guns and, finally, what is the reasonable rationale if any, for arming these individuals?

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?

The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20 years, the number of these federal officers with arrest-and-firearm authority has nearly tripled to over 200,000 today, from 74,500 in 1996.

What exactly is the Obama administration up to?

On Friday, June 17, our organization, American Transparency, […released] its oversight report on the militarization of America. The report catalogs federal purchases of guns, ammunition and military-style equipment by seemingly bureaucratic federal agencies. During a nine-year period through 2014, we found, 67 agencies unaffiliated with the Department of Defense spent $1.48 billion on guns and ammo. Of that total, $335.1 million was spent by agencies traditionally viewed as regulatory or administrative, such as the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Mint.

Some examples of spending from 2005 through 2014 raise the question: Who are they preparing to battle?

The Internal Revenue Service, which has 2,316 special agents, spent nearly $11 million on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment. That’s nearly $5,000 in gear for each agent.

The Department of Veterans Affairs, which has 3,700 law-enforcement officers guarding and securing VA medical centers, spent $11.66 million. It spent more than $200,000 on night-vision equipment, $2.3 million for body armor, more than $2 million on guns, and $3.6 million for ammunition. The VA employed no officers with firearm authorization as recently as 1995.

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spent $4.77 million purchasing shotguns, .308 caliber rifles, night-vision goggles, propane cannons, liquid explosives, pyro supplies, buckshot, LP gas cannons, drones, remote-control helicopters, thermal cameras, military waterproof thermal infrared scopes and more.

The Environmental Protection Agency spent $3.1 million on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment. The EPA has put nearly $800 million since 2005 into its “Criminal Enforcement Division.”

The Food and Drug Administration employs 183 heavily armed “special agents.”

The University of California, Berkeley acquired 14 5.56mm assault rifles and Yale University police accepted 20 5.56mm assault rifles from the Defense Department. Texas Southern University and Saddleback College police even acquired Mine Resistant Vehicles (MRVs).

Other paper-pushing federal agencies with firearm-and-arrest authority that have expanded their arsenals since 2006 include the Small Business Administration, Social Security Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Education Department, Energy Department, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, National Institute of Standards and Technology and many others.

People from both ends of the political spectrum have expressed alarm at this trend. Conservatives argue that it is hypocritical, unconstitutional and costly for political leaders to undermine the Second Amendment while simultaneously equipping nonmilitary agencies with heavy weapons, hollow-point bullets and military-style equipment. Progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders have raised civil liberties concerns about the militarization of local police with vehicles built for war and other heavy weaponry.

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Originally entitled: “Why Does the IRS Need Guns”

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Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.


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  1. Jose Klatter Jose Klatter says:

    No comments huh? Perhaps people are oblivious to the intentions of our government, which combined with their intense desire to disarm us through extensive use of false flags are certainly up to no good in the near future. Why give arresting power all of a sudden to so many “officials”? Are they expecting anything unusual to happen that will require lots of people to carry high-powered weapons; people that otherwise would have no need to use a gun let alone have the power to arrest people? My suggestion is that we open our eyes wide open. The false flags will not stop for sure as the desperation to disarm the citizens are growing immensely. We’re living in a very dangerous time. At the same time, more people are waking up to the illusion and realizing the extent of it and how enslaved by it, we have become. There is still time, but it is surely running out.

  2. Cathy Terry Cathy Terry says:

    We can’t trust them the THE ENVIRONMENT! Why the hell do they need guns????

  3. Cindy Howard Cindy Howard says:

    this is so stupid its funny, a navy facility in california doesnt even arm our soldiers that work there

  4. Just who are special forces contractors, and how much are we paying these mercenaries?

  5.' Sorgfelt says:

    Due to this hysteria about “the government”, and people who don’t like to lose their poorly run businesses to regulators, some unarmed government inspectors have been shot and killed while trying to enforce laws we have asked Congress to make to protect us. It is fear on both sides that is causing this. Try talking to people and trying to understand their situation, and you will realize that no class of people, whether oil men, big pharma, big bankers, government regulators, military or what have you are evil and out to get you. We are all just people doing our jobs and surviving. To improve things, we need communication and empathy, not more guns and hatred.

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