Dear Conservative,

Warning: This will put a whole new spin on the phrase, “going postal!”

The Post Office has announced its intent to solicit proposals for assorted small arms and ammunition.

Let that sink in for a second…

Before a government agency or bureau is allowed to make a bulk purchase, it must first advertise the solicitation to a number of manufacturers and distributors. The intent is to force the government to choose the lowest bidder and prevent over-spending on goods and services. The Post Office is released a notice that it is actively searching for distributors fulfill a large order for small arms and ammunition. Why do postal employees need firearms? Your guess is as good as mine…

The timing is certainly curious, however. The Post Office’s solicitation announcement comes just two days after Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced a proposed amendment to a bill that would allow law-abiding citizens to legally carry firearms in Post Offices around the country.

The Post Office has been a “gun-free zone” since 1972 when Congress enacted the ban after a string of postal work-place shootings. In each of the 6 major shootings, it was not the average citizen that went on the rampage, but rather the Post Office’s past and present disgruntled employees! This is where the phrase “going postal” came from.

Somehow, shootings perpetrated by angry employees became reason to punish all law-abiding citizens. I know, it doesn’t make sense.

Now, Sen. Rand Paul proposes striking down the Post Office’s gun free zone law, and all of a sudden the USPS sends out a request two days later to purchase “assorted small arms and ammunition?” I didn’t realize law-abiding citizens carrying firearms would trigger an arms race!

STOP the Federal Government from stockpiling ammunition to dry up the civilian supply!

Calls to the USPS have gone unanswered and the Post Office has yet to explain the purpose of purchasing firearms and ammunition. Yet, the United States Postal Service is just one of MANY non-law enforcement government agencies that have begun stockpiling firearms and ammunition.

The Department of Education has, for example, spent over $80k on Glock  semi-automatic pistols and over $17k on Remington shotguns, but that still pales in comparison to the purchases of other non-law enforcement agencies.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service have bought 72,000 and 46,000 rounds of.40 caliber jacketed hollow point rounds (respectively). The Social Security Agency one-upped them, ordering  over 174,000 hollow point rounds of ammunition.

Altogether in the last two years, non-military federal agencies have purchased over 2 billion rounds of rounds of ammunition (mostly hollow-points) for use in “target practice.”

Anyone who knows anything about firearms recognizes how stupid it is to use hollow-points for target practice. You see, this ammunition has only one use: to be fired into flesh. Hollow-point rounds expand on impact when fired into flesh in order to maximize the amount of tissue damage. They are self-defense rounds, designed to be used against people and animals. I guess that when agencies like the Department of Homeland Security claim hollow-points are used for “target practice,” that is just a euphemism for shooting other humans...

The government stockpiling of ammunition is getting out of control! The problems really are two-fold:

  1. The government is buying ammunition and firearms at a record pace that ISN’T even necessary. Government agencies have become so militarized that when the Post Office puts in an order small arms and ammunition, we are expected to just accept it. When the U.S. Army buys 600,000 Soviet AK-47 magazines for guns it doesn’t even use, we are supposed to just ignore it. Someone has to stop this out-of-control spending before it is too late! The government is buying up every bullet it can get its hands on because that means one less bullet in the hands of Conservative Americans!

  2. But also, there is a darker side to this. Most of the ammunition rounds bought by these agencies are jacketed hollow-points. The sole purpose of this type of ammunition is to be used against flesh, which begs the question: are Americans the ultimate target? Who does the Post Office need to shoot? Who is the National Weather Service targeting? Can we really trust the IRS with such firepower after they were caught targeting Conservative groups?

This isn’t a conspiracy theory and it isn’t hyperbole. The rate stockpiling of ammunition by non-military federal agencies is absolutely startling. Not only does it dry up the supply for civilians, making it harder law-abiding citizens to exercise their right to keep and bear arms, but it calls into question why government bureaucrats need such firepower to begin with…

The fact remains that these purchases must not be allowed to take place! The Post Office has no need for small arms and ammunition, and history proves that arming postal workers might be one of the most dangerous proposals EVER! And if postal employees must be armed, in clear violation of the post office gun-free zone law, then the ban on concealed carry must be lifted for law-abiding citizens as well.

This is really the ultimate issue. While the government has repeatedly told Americans they no longer need firearms or ammunition for self-protection, government bureaucracies have been stockpiling the very weapons and ammo the government is trying to take away from civilians! This ends today!

Stop this hypocrisy and put an end to the government’s dangerous stockpiling of firearms and ammunition!


Joe Otto

Conservative Daily