According to a report released last month by the non-profit organization, Open The Books, the Department of Veterans Affairs purchased in excess of $11 million worth of weapons, ammunition, riot and tactical equipment from 2005 through 2014.
Am I the only one wanting to know what the hell for?
The report, called The Militarization of America and published by OpenTheBooks, said the VA acquired a variety of pistols — Berettas, Sig Sauers, Lugers — and ammunition, as well as body armor, police batons, ballistic shields, riot shields and helmets, night gun sights, tactical equipment for crowd control and more.
Crowd control for what, exactly? Never in history have we seen a Veterans Administration building swarmed by war torn veterans and it’s highly unlikely that we ever will.
The $11.6 million in weapons and gear includes $200,000 for night vision equipment, $2.3 million on body armor, more than $2 million on pistols and about $3.6 million on ammunition, the report said. A chart included with the report also shows a variety of training weapons and a night gun scope.
The Veterans Administration is not the only federal agency that has been stockpiling weapons in recent years, presumably against mass shooters and other security threats. The report found that non-military federal agencies spent nearly $1.5 billion on weapons and ammo from 2005 to 2014.
The report states over the same period:
- The IRS spent $10.7 million on guns, ammo and gear.
- The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spent $4.7 million.
- The Social Security Administration $417,000.
- The Department of Education $412,000.
- The Smithsonian Institution’s arms purchases totaled just over $309,000.
The full report can be viewed here – THE MILITARIZATION OF AMERICA- RAW DATA
Can anyone tell me why the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service would need guns, ammo and tactical gear?
How about the Social Security Administration?
What about the Department of Education?
Then you have the Smithsonian Institution, and it’s a MUSEUM!
Folks, if you can’t plainly see what’s going on right under our noses then you had better wake up and take a look around.