Washington, DC - After a backlash of complaints from concerned citizens, Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine puts the USDA on notice that he wants an explanation why the farm business development department of the U.S. Government needs an unknown quantity of .40 Cal. S&W submachine guns?
Says Congressman Jim Bridenstine “The fear of my constituents is that the USDA is expanding outside of its Intended mission.”
Speculating on their answer Bob Owens writes:
“They will no doubt attempt to justify their purchase of military hardware by explaining that they conduct criminal investigations and may need to do armed raids” , adding, “This is part of a trend to arm every branch of federal government, whether the individual agency has a legitimate need for a paramilitary force or not.”
Perhaps it’s nothing more than coincidence that just last month a feisty Nevada rancher named Cliven Bundy, together with a horse-riding posse of cowboys, squared off against the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over a little parcel of government property that Bundy claimed as his own and miraculously emerged victorious.
Judging by the timing of the USDA’s request for submachine guns, just one month after the Bundy embarrassment, it seems that the USDA, which oversees America’s vast tracks of forested land, may be preparing itself in the event some cowboys want their heads of cattle to munch government-owned grass.
Concerns over large ammunition purchases by the Department of Homeland Security have raged over the past two years, although a recent Government Accountability Office investigationdownplayed the issue as nothing out of the ordinary.
About Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine:
Congressman Jim Bridenstine is a Navy pilot and combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, and lives with his wife Michelle and their three children in Tulsa, OK.