Arm the Farmers, not the Government

Yes, once again we are being warned by the Russians, to beware of government tyranny. As a child of the “cold war” era, I am not used to this. But keep in mind, Russian farmers suffered terribly under Stalin, and they are seeing America about to make the same mistake. ~ TD


Department of Agriculture buying unknown amount of submachine guns and high-capacity magazines


The United States Department of Agriculture is probably one of the last federal agencies you’d expect to request a substantial amount, if any, of firearms, but that’s precisely what it did last week.

In a solicitation posted on the government’s Federal Business Opportunities website on May 7, the Agriculture Department requested an unknown number of submachine guns. The department also states it wants to get its hands on weapons with night sights in the front and the rear and magazines with a 30-round capacity.

The solicitation, which also calls for the submachine guns to be lightweight and feature slings, says:

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, located in Washington, DC, pursuant to the authority of FAR Part 13, has a requirement for the commerical [sic] acquisition of submachine guns, .40 Cal. S&W, ambidextrous safety, semi-automatic or 2 shot burts [sic] trigger group, Tritium night sights for front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore grip) and scope (top rear), stock-collapsilbe [sic] or folding, magazine – 30 rd. capacity, sling, light weight, and oversized trigger guard for gloved operation.”

Exactly why the USDA wants or needs to acquire multiple submachine guns is unclear, as the solicitation does not go into much detail regarding the purpose. RT attempted to reach both of the individuals listed as contacts on the USDA solicitation to learn more about the request, but was unable to immediately obtain a response from either.

The request has captured the attention of many conservative, pro-gun websites, though, which have raised questions about it.

One possible explanation for the request could be that the weapons would be used by the law enforcement division of the United States Forest Service, which falls under the jurisdiction of the USDA. The Forest Service is not listed specifically in the text of the solicitation – again, nothing is mentioned that could be related to the ultimate purpose of the acquisition – causing some to fret over the possibility that the guns would be used elsewhere.

“[The USDA] 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,” wrote Bob Owens at the website Bearing Arms. “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.”

There has been concern recently over the purchasing decisions of government agencies, particularly the Department for Homeland Security, which critics have claimed buys excessive amounts of ammunition. A report by the Government Accountability Office in January, however, dismissed such concern, saying ammunition purchases by DHS have actually gone down since 2009.

Meanwhile, earlier this week a journalist at WND made headlines for suggesting the State Department is shopping for large amounts of explosives and detonator devices. Solicitations for explosives were also posted on the FBO website, but when asked to comment on the requests an agency official laughed off the question, saying “I’m not sure what you’re looking for.”

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6 years ago

I am not exactly sure what is going on, but I am sure something very nefarious is in the works. They are coming at us from all directions and sadly so many people are totally ignorant on anything. We have huge ammo purchases, threats of FEMA camps, false flags all over, Illegal land grabs and National Parks under the UN. Attacks on people with water in their property, attacks on small farmers, shutting down of water for crops, installing Smart Meters. Foreign troops, and I find out there are thousands of foreign truck drivers undercutting the American Trucker from making… Read more »

6 years ago

Ironic, isn’t it, that we would here about this so shortly after and during the escalating confrontation between the BML and Cliven Bundy. Things that make you “hmmm”.

6 years ago

A dictatorship cannot function without armed killers to control the citizens.

6 years ago

The only non-threatening reason I can see for this purchase is the burgeoning use of federal lands for clandestine marijuana farming. Many times these drug farms are guarded furiously by armed traffickers who will also use booby traps to protect their crops. It’s a real problem in California: “Forester Jere Melo was killed while investigating an illegal marijuana farm on private land, according to the Western Farm Press, an American City & County sister brand. The publication also noted that the Fresno County Farm Bureau pointed to many other violent incidents in recent months related to marijuana farms, emphasizing the… Read more »

6 years ago

I agree w/much noted so far, i.e, arming foresters: maybe, b/c there’s HUGE problems in SW USA, esp states bordering Mexico. My family NEVER uses public/picnic/camping land in Nat’l Forests nr us. We’re afraid of getting killed by one side or the other (OTOH…drug busts are the only place I’ve ever seen THESE sorts of weapons—shown above—- used & it was by ATF agents, not foresters…we got caught amid an international bust when agents swooped into a shopping center parking lot while we were inside a store getting ready to exit…a scary welcome to Calfornia…I’d lived here 6 mos. at… Read more »