U.S. Postal Service Latest Govt. Agency to Arm Itself Against American Citizens

Transquesta 2014/02/07 16:24:22
Caveat lector.

U.S. Postal Service Announces Giant Ammo Purchase

Kit Daniels
February 5, 2014

The U.S. Postal Service is currently seeking companies that can provide “assorted small arms ammunition” in the near future.

On Jan. 31, the USPS Supplies and Services Purchasing Office posted a notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website asking contractors to register with USPS as potential ammunition suppliers for a variety of cartridges.

“The United States Postal Service intends to solicit proposals for assorted small arms ammunition,” the notice reads, which also mentioned a deadline of Feb. 10.

The Post Office published the notice just two days after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced his proposal to remove a federal gun ban that prevents lawful concealed carry holders from carrying handguns inside post offices across the country.

Ironically the Postal Service isn’t the first non-law enforcement agency seeking firearms and ammunition.

Since 2001, the U.S. Dept. of Education has been building a massive arsenal through purchases orchestrated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The Education Dept. has spent over $80,000 so far on Glock pistols and over $17,000 on Remington shotguns.

Back in July, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also purchased 72,000 rounds of .40 Smith & Wesson, following a 2012 purchase for 46,000 rounds of .40 S&W; jacketed hollow point by the National Weather Service.

NOAA spokesperson Scott Smullen responded to concerns over the weather service purchase by stating that it was meant for the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement for its bi-annual “target qualifications and training.”

That seems excessive considering that JHP ammunition is typically several times more expensive than practice rounds, which can usually be found in equivalent power loadings and thus offer similar recoil characteristics as duty rounds.

Including mass purchases by the Dept. of Homeland Security, non-military federal agencies combined have purchased an estimated amount of over two billion rounds of ammunition in the past two years.

Additionally, the U.S. Army bought almost 600,000 Soviet AK-47 magazines last fall, enough to hold nearly 18,000,000 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammo which is not standard-issue for either the U.S. military or even NATO.

It would take a Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy, one of the largest cargo aircraft in the world, two trips to haul that many magazines.

A month prior, the army purchased nearly 3,000,000 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammo, a huge amount but still only 1/6th of what the magazines purchased can hold in total.

The Feds have also spent millions on riot control measures in addition to the ammo acquisitions.

Earlier this month, Homeland Security spent over $58 million on hiring security details for just two Social Security offices in Maryland.

DHS also spent $80 million on armed guards to protect government buildings in New York and sought even more guards for federal facilities in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

While the government gears up for civil unrest and stockpiles ammo without limit, private gun owners on the other hand are finding ammunition shelves empty at gun stores across America, including shortages of once-common cartridges such as .22 Long Rifle.

UPDATE: Since the publication of this article, the USPS has amended its pre-solicitation, claiming that the ammunition is a "standard purchase" for the Postal Police. This does not explain, however, why the Postal Police was not listed in the original notice if this is standard. As the federal government grows larger, more and more federal agencies such as the Dept. of Education and NOAA are forming and arming their own "law enforcement divisions" with hundreds of thousands spent on full-blown arsenals. Even the EPA has its own SWAT teams conducting raids on peaceful Americans. Expect to see more large-scale firearm and ammunition purchases by these bureaucracies as they become even more militarized.

This article was posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm

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  • vanessar 2014/02/19 19:58:24
    I guess you've never heard of " going postal" ? laughter gifs
  • Seeker62 2014/02/10 21:19:11
    Does anyone think that all of this ammo the various government agencies have supposedly been buying might be going somewhere we wouldn't want it too... like the syrian rebels? Could it be that Benghazi was attacked and closed down because it was funnelling weapons and ammo? I don't know I'm just asking? There's about 40 billion a year in natural gas revenue for whoever controls Syria. But I'm sure that has absolutely nothing to do with the fighting over there.

  • Transqu... Seeker62 2014/02/10 22:55:19
    That's an excellent theory, but all of the entities you mention can get their ammunition from virtually any source. The more probable scenario is that the government is deliberately trying to dry up the ready supply of ammunition available to the citizenry. Your guess is as good as mine as to why.
  • Fire fighter 6991 2014/02/08 03:05:50
    Fire fighter 6991
    Keep ur dogs on a leash.
  • princess 2014/02/08 03:05:03
    Ah yes, Dictator OVomit arming his regime against all those who would oppose him... and all the more ready to declare Martial Law.
  • Ginai Doma 2014/02/08 00:05:38
    Ginai Doma
    Be prepared for Martial Law.
  • Dwight 2014/02/07 22:24:49
    Maybe they expect an attack from FedEx?
  • Transqu... Dwight 2014/02/08 00:10:57
    I think it's to shoot all those dogs who like to make lunch meat out of postmen (and women). :-)
  • Dwight Transqu... 2014/02/08 00:21:12
    That would take work away from PETA, idk if the Fed's would do that.
  • Jesse 2014/02/07 21:34:29
    Obama's Army is almost completed.
  • Transqu... Jesse 2014/02/08 00:16:44
    Go to YouTube and search for "Obama Youth."
  • James 2014/02/07 18:06:42
    Good idea!! I hope this is so mailmen can blast the punks that vandalize mail boxes to smithereens.
  • DuncanONeil 2014/02/07 17:30:06
    " USPS has amended its pre-solicitation, claiming that the ammunition is a "standard purchase" for the Postal Police. This does not explain, however, why the Postal Police was not listed in the original notice"

    Because most people would have understood that!
  • Transqu... DuncanO... 2014/02/07 17:41:41
    How many rounds of ammunition do you think postal police need?
  • DuncanO... Transqu... 2014/02/07 18:28:42
    First question to ask is how many are there.

    Followed by what is their training requirement.
  • DuncanONeil 2014/02/07 17:28:58
    You don't know what you're talking about.
    First of all the Postal Inspectors are sworn officers. As such weapons & ammo are necessary. Have you seen the current availability of ammo in the stores?

    "It would take a Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy, one of the largest cargo aircraft in the world, two trips to haul that many magazines."
    Who told you this? That is just plain ridiculous!
    600,000 magazines comes to about 6,944 cu feet. This size a load would fit on 18 463L cargo pallets (standard for AF cargo aircraft. Two C5 aircraft carry 72 of these pallets. This load on 18 pallets would take four C130s, or two C141s.

    Somebody has fed you a fairy tale!

    These two points alone call all of your story into question.
  • Transqu... DuncanO... 2014/02/07 17:47:26
    You don't know what you're talking about.

    How so? This is what I said: "Caveat lector." How does that indicate that I don't know what I'm talking about? You wouldn't happen to be a liberal, would you? I've come to expect this style of (non) argumentation from liberals.

    "It would take a Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy, one of the largest cargo aircraft in the world, two trips to haul that many magazines."
    Who told you this? That is just plain ridiculous!

    Ahem. You DO realize that the author of the article is not here, right?
  • DuncanO... Transqu... 2014/02/07 18:33:31
    Well then! You have been led down the proverbial path.
    As I stated one C5 carries 36 463L pallets the AK47 magazine claimed to require two C5s for transport is VERY wrong.

    Since you are responsible for spreading this misinformation you DO hold some responsibility for its content. Plus if you want to take "Who told you this? That is just plain ridiculous!" as a "style of (non) argumentation", then you read no farther.
  • Transqu... DuncanO... 2014/02/07 18:56:06
  • tytyvyllus Transqu... 2014/02/07 19:06:34
    you do not have to defend yourself as you post articles that are timely and thought provoking and I appreciate the stretch and the challenge to my belief system. thanks
  • Transqu... tytyvyllus 2014/02/07 19:11:05 (edited)
    Thanks. The overwhelming majority of people on Sodahead are mature enough to recognize the difference between the opinions of the poster of a news article and those of the author of that article. Only one or two pinheads have trouble with the most rudimentary aspects of critical thinking.

    In the pinheads' defense, however, critical thinking really hasn't been taught in American academic institutions in well over a hundred years. The lion's share of us have to develop such skills on our own, and THAT is why I take this kind of time to walk people through the process. I'm not 'defending myself' per se, but merely using a variation of the Socratic Method for the benefit of those who were robbed of a proper education. Too many of us literally do not know how to think--let alone analyze an issue critically.
  • tytyvyllus Transqu... 2014/02/07 19:12:21
    you sir, have a tough row to hoe, but thanks anyway.
  • Transqu... tytyvyllus 2014/02/07 19:43:49
  • DuncanO... Transqu... 2014/02/07 20:12:37
    The caveat was posted after the fact.

    You still did not read or digest everything I posted you are cherry picking the things you think you can attack.
  • Transqu... DuncanO... 2014/02/08 00:22:51
    The caveat was posted after the fact.

    Incorrect. The caveat (in red text) a) PRECEDES the text of the article, and b) was posted at the same time as the article. Sodahead will not allow the editing of the text of a poll AFTER the first comment has been received. Try again.

    You still did not read or digest everything I posted you are cherry picking the things you think you can attack.

    I am responding to YOUR baseless assumptions and accusations, yes. Whether that constitutes 'cherry picking' is up to the reader to decide.
  • CAPTAIN COMMONWEALTH 2014/02/07 17:25:16
    Now how much is that going to cost you yanks per stamp....
  • Transqu... CAPTAIN... 2014/02/07 17:47:56
  • Cat 2014/02/07 17:10:42
    Wow! this adds a whole new definition to the term "going postal".
  • Cognito22 2014/02/07 17:07:57
    Man . . . another trip to the gun store . . . it's hard to keep up.
  • Sister Jean 2014/02/07 16:25:54
    Sister Jean
    not part of the Gov.
  • Transqu... Sister ... 2014/02/07 16:30:50 (edited)
    From Wikipedia:

    "The United States Postal Service (USPS), also known as the Post Office and U.S. Mail, is an independent agency of the United States federal government responsible for providing postal service in the United States. It is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution. The USPS traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, where Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general. The cabinet-level Post Office Department was created in 1792 from Franklin's operation and transformed into its current form in 1971 under the Postal Reorganization Act."--emphasis mine.

  • Cognito22 Transqu... 2014/02/07 17:09:51
    You're likely to be blocked for that, you know.
  • Transqu... Cognito22 2014/02/07 17:22:29
    Nope. The good Sister would never block l'il old me. OK, no more than five or six times, anyway. :-)

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