Not content with bullets, U.S. Dept of Agriculture now buys submachine guns

The United States of America has a formidable military — still the most powerful in the world — to protect us against foreign enemies and invasions.

Every town or city in the United States of America has a police force that’s increasingly armed to the teeth with military-grade weapons, to protect citizens from criminals. (See “Obama regime supplies military-grade arms to police”)

So why are civilian bureaucracies in the executive branch of the federal government arming themselves to the teeth with millions of rounds of bullets, battle rifles, assault weapons, and armored trucks? (Scroll to the end of this post for examples.)

This disturbing trend began more than 4 years ago when news came that the Dept of Education had bought shotguns.

Two years ago, the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchased 300,000 rounds of ammo. Now comes news that the USDA is graduating to submachine guns

On May 7, 2014, the USDA’s Office of Inspector General filed a purchase request with the General Services Administration for submachine guns. Here’s the solicitation number and request:

Solicitation Number: USDAOIGWEA-5-7-14
Notice Type: Sources Sought
Synopsis:
Added: May 07, 2014 2:03 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, located in Washington, DC, pursuant to the authority of FAR Part 13, has a requirement for the commerical acquisition of submachine guns, .40 Cal. S&W, ambidextrous safety, semi-automatic or 2 shot burts trigger group, Tritium night sights for front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore grip) and scope (top rear), stock-collapsilbe or folding, magazine – 30 rd. capacity, sling, light weight, and oversized trigger guard for gloved operation. NO SOLICITATION DOCUMENT EXISTS. All responsible and/or interested sources may submit their company name, point of contact, and telephone. If received timely, shall be considered by the agency for contact to determine weapon suitability.

submachine gun
A man holding a 30-round .40-cal submachine gun that’s being purchased by the USDA

Charles McFarlane reports for Modern Farmer, Sept. 19, 2014, that according to a USDA press rep, the guns are necessary for self-protection:

“OIG Special Agents regularly conduct undercover operations and surveillance. The types of investigations conducted by OIG Special Agents include criminal activities such as fraud in farm programs; significant thefts of Government property or funds; bribery and extortion; smuggling; and assaults and threats of violence against USDA employees engaged in their official duties.”

Not everyone believes the USDA being armed to the teeth is justifiable. On Aug. 2, the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund launched a petition to support a bill that would curb the ability of agencies like the USDA to arm themselves. They see it as overkill and scare tactics, especially for smaller farm producers.

Liz Reitzig, co-founder of the Farm Food Freedom Coalition, says, ““What we have seen happen, with the FDA especially, is they have come onto small farms, raw milk producers, and raided the heck out of them with armed agents present. Do we really want to have our federal regulatory agencies bring submachine guns onto these family farms with children?”

The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund petition focuses on two now infamous blows to the raw milk community – the 2010 and 2011 raids on Rawsome Food Club in Venice, California, which were carried out by armed federal agents from the FDA and other agencies.

The USDA’s Office of Inspector General’s Investigation Development bulletins show there have been three incidents in the last year that involved firearms and two in which USDA agents were verbally threatened. Still, most of their enforcement operations surround white-collar fraud of government programs, often involving SNAP (or food stamps) programs. “If there is fraud in the SNAP program, look at how it is implemented and make changes in the entire program,” says Reitzig. “Don’t bring machine guns onto farms.”

Rep. Chris Stewart
Rep. Chris Stewart

The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund are not the only ones interested in taking guns out of the hands of USDA agents. Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) is the sponsor of the bill on the FTCLDF petition. “At its heart it comes down to this: To myself, and for a lot of Americans, there is great concern over regulator agencies with heavy handed capabilities,” Rep. Stewart told Modern Farmer.

His bill, H.R. 4934, hopes “to prohibit certain federal agencies from using or purchasing certain firearms, and for other purposes.” When asked about the USDA’s plan for submachine guns, he said, “I can’t envision a scenario where what they are doing would require that.”

Another concern is simply accountability. The request for submachine guns from the USDA doesn’t say how many guns.

Congressman Stewart said, ““We have never argued that federal regulators don’t need to protect themselves.” But the USDA “have been very unhelpful in trying to find out any information about this. “e couldn’t get answers — it doesn’t seem right to me. They should do what the rest of us do, call the local sheriff.”

H/t ZeroHedge

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~Eowyn

Dr. Eowyn’s post originally appeared at Fellowship of the Minds.

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