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Why The Hell Are So Many ‘Public Servants’ Armed To The Teeth?

When the news broke that Democrats were pushing for 87,000 new IRS agents, there was a ripple of apprehension across the nation. When we heard the job description involved weapons training, that apprehension rose to alarm.

Why would anything other than a police state need tens of thousands of weapons-trained accountants as public servants? The combined total of IRS employees once those 87,000 are brought in is comparable to the entire number of active-duty marines as of 2021.

It made no sense that so many public servants were armed for no apparent reason.

Time went on, as it always does, and the story grew stale while people turned their attention to other things. That doesn’t mean the problem went away… especially now that we’ve begun HIRING those thousands upon thousands of public servants.

But what do we see if we take a step back and look beyond the IRS? Will we see anything we’ve all missed before now?

Federal agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency have spent nearly $4 billion in taxpayer funds on guns, ammunition, and other “military-style equipment,” a watchdog group found.
Since 2006, “76 rank-and-file agencies” outside “traditional law enforcement entities” or the Department of Defense spent $3.7 billion on “guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment,” according to watchdog group Open the Books’s summary of its report. These agencies include the National Institutes of Health, NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Small Business Administration, among others that historically have played little to no role in law enforcement activities.
Federal agencies have ramped up spending on weapons and ammunition under the Biden administration, according to data provided to the Washington Free Beacon. The IRS has seen its annual spending on these items nearly double since 2020, while the whole federal government has seen a 60 percent increase over the same period.
— FreeBeacon

That sounds pretty bad, right? Maybe that’s why our Fed merch has been so popular lately.

Buckle up. There’s more.

This weaponization is part of a longer pattern, according to Open the Books founder and CEO Adam Andrzejewski.
“A culture of militarization has permeated across the federal bureaucracy,” Andrzejewski said in a statement. “In many cases, these agencies are stockpiling the very weapons some politicians seek to ban citizens from owning.”
The IRS is now known to have spent a total of $35.2 million on various weapons since 2006, including about $725,000 on ammunition in 2022 alone. The agency’s weapons purchases peaked in 2020 and 2021, when the government authorized the tax agency to purchase “$10 million in weaponry and gear.”
[…] NIH’s internal police force includes 105 officers, which is larger than 95 percent of the police departments across the United States, according to the report. “This includes sophisticated training, night vision equipment, and weaponry,” Open the Books noted.
The Office of Assistant Secretary for Health also “is involved in the purchase of $100 million in guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment,” the organization found.– FreeBeacon

Hold on… did that say the NIH? As in the National Institute of Health? Is anyone else having trouble imagining any sane reason they would need night vision gear and ‘sophisticated’ training?

Just what kind of militarized forces are we looking at here?

Here are a few screenshots from the report itself:



IRS? Ballistic Shields and $2.3M in ammo? Well, that makes you stop and think just a little, doesn’t it? So will this:

“HEADCOUNT OF FEDERAL AGENTS: There are now more federal agents with arrest and firearm authority (200,000) than U.S. Marines (186,000).” –Study by OTB

To invoke some of the left’s favorite buzzwords: the militarization of the Bureaucracy has become ‘systemic’.

76 administrative agencies spent $110.6 million on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment between fiscal years 2015 and 2019. Examples included the Internal Revenue Service, Veterans Affairs, Executive Office of the President, Small Business Administration (SBA), Smithsonian Institution, Social Security Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Animal Health Inspection Service.
Frequently, we found weak controls in place. For example, Department of Homeland Security lost 228 guns in the most recent audited three-year period, along with 1,889 badges and 25 secure immigration stamps
. — Article OTB

At what point does this cross the line into police state territory?

If we have more armed Feds than we have marines, who is it our government sees as the REAL enemy?

Is it any WONDER that Second Amendment is such a touchy subject — for both sides!

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Wes Walker

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