The U.S. Department of Agriculture has solicited for the purchase of.40-caliber submachine guns with 30-round magazines and a number of other high-dollar bells and whistles and capable of firing two round bursts or as semi-auto.
As weapons with the ability to fire on full auto, these are guns American citizens cannot own without first obtaining a Federal Firearms License.
The USDA, according to its mission statement, exists: “To expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation’s natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.”
I sent an email to the USDA contact person listed on the solicitation in an effort to learn how arming agents with high-powered, military-grade weapons will assist that mission. I received an auto response saying that person was out of the office for training.
Of course, we have seen how armed Federal agents help “rural America to thrive” by assaulting farmers and criminalizing milk sellers. The Federal government has a history of destroying food while Americans go hungry. It has abused young rabbit farmers, intimidated magicians, attacked small farmers and confiscated the crops of raisin producers. Virginia farmer Joel Salatin has written a book about how everything he tries to do is illegal. U.S. judges have even ruled that people have no fundamental right to consume any food they grow or own or any milk their own cows produce.
Apparently, the USDA believes it needs to further arm its jackbooted enforcers so it can escalate its assault on American farmers and organic food sellers.
Or, as some have noted, it might be that these weapons will end up in the hands of the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations unit, which falls under the USDA. Perhaps they are for use the next time a Federal agency overstepping its bounds is confronted by Americans opposing the overreach.
Regardless, the USDA doesn’t operate in a theater of war. It operates in the U.S., and it’s obviously — with this purchase — like other Federal agencies preparing to make war on Americans.