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February 6, 2014 - 9:51 am

This posting by the U.S. Postal Service is certainly eye-catching. On January 31, 2014, the USPS posted this solicitation for purchasing small arms ammunition. Contrary to some reports, the posting does not specify a quantity or type, other than specifying “assorted small arms.” It closes on February 10, 2014.

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Added: Jan 31, 2014 4:54 pm

The United States Postal Service intends to solicit proposals for assorted small arms ammunition.If your organization wishes to participate, you must pre-register at https://uspsesourcing.emptoris.com, the Postal Service’s eSourcing tool. From the login page, click on the “Register Supplier Organization” hyperlink and provide all required information. Organizations are encouraged to have each participating representative registered individually. When registering, include 332992 as one of your NAICS selections.

It may seem odd for the USPS to be in the business of buying ammunition, but actually it has had armed officers for centuries. Chances are, this buy is for the US Postal Inspection Service. The USPIS employs about 1,600 special agents who investigate mail fraud and related crimes. Some of these investigating agents pack firearms, usually a Beretta semi-auto 9 mm pistol.

The USPIS is not new nor is its having armed agents new. The inspection service has been around since the days of Ben Franklin, who created the post of “surveyor” when he was postmaster general. Surveyor eventually evolved into the present-day special agent, which is a detective or investigator. Think of them as similar to arson investigators, who typically work for a fire department but carry firearms, investigate crimes, and have some police powers. USPS has periodically purchased guns and ammunition for longer than the United States has been a country.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Ummm. Don't you need ammunition to go "postal"?

29 weeks ago
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My Postal carrier sat outside my house blowing the horn, I went out and she handed me a package. I said you can just drop the items on the front porch next time. the letter carrier then stated, "I was afraid of your dog if it gets vicious I may have to shoot it." Really? I mean how dangerous is a miniature Fox terrier who weighs 8.3 lbs soaking wet, some danger since the letter carrier never left their Grumman vehicle.
I wouldn't advise any postal employees coming on my property un asked and shooting my little toy terrier as a dangerous animal.
"Never mind the dog, beware of the dogs owner."
29 weeks ago
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Social Security, Department of Education, the Weather Service...all have "officers".

It doesn't mean it isn't scary in the hands of a totalitarian cabal that is willing to sic agencies on political dissidents, spy on everyone and try to take away 2nd amendment rights.

The combination of the two lines of thought NATURALLY lends itself to an obvious conclusion. The next step is not as large as it once was thought to be.
29 weeks ago
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The Obama Regime has found that the easiest way to disarm the American People is to buy up all the ammunition that is being made and warehousing it so that there is no ammunition for the public. A simple law by Congress stating that ammunition bought by the Government cannot exceed any logical usage and set up buying buying rules to preclude ammunition shortage in the civilian market for political purposes. Using tax payer money to make ammunition scarce is an abridgment of the 2nd Amendment. INFO Wars has a good story how Obama's regime is bypassing Congress once more in his "below the radar" approach to gun control.
http://www.infowars.com/u-s-postal-service-announces-giant-ammo-purchase/
29 weeks ago
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Postal Inspectors enforce laws related to the misuse of the mail system. This includes shipping/receiving all sorts of contraband ranging from drugs and weapons to child pornography. They then conduct investigations on the people who engage in this criminal behavior, and sometimes arrest them. Arresting these people can be dangerous, and so the USPIS issues firearms to these law enforcement officers. Firearms need ammunition to be of any use.
29 weeks ago
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Why does the post office need its own armed agents? Can't the FBI, or some other law enforcement agency, supply the firepower, as needed? It seems like an unnecessary duplication of services. But, we ARE talking about the inefficient and bloated Federal Government.
29 weeks ago
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It is often more efficient to have a unit focused on missions which require particular expertise. That is one rationale for maintaining the USMC, even though the Army can conduct amphibious operations.

This can also be true for federal law enforcement. For example, the unsatisfactory experience of having to rely on generic federal agents during the 1990s Tylenol tampering scare gave the impetus for the creation of a small cohort of special agents w/in FDA, the Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI). OCI special agents have particular expertise in Food and Drug law.
28 weeks ago
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Fear of "zombies" maybe?
29 weeks ago
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The volume of the purchase does NOT match the need in the field.
Spin it any way you want. 1,600 inspectors of mail fraud aren't busting down doors of three strikes felons, known terrorist cells, drug cartel headquarters, syndicate headquarters and the like.
Maybe bums stuffing envelopes, trolling for Ponzi scheme schmucks or money laundering bad checks. Maybe.
29 weeks ago
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What "volume" would that be? The one that is not mentioned anywhere?

28 weeks ago
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Mr Preston should blush when he cashes his cheque for this phoned-in POS... it's a useless column that posits a question and doesn't even attempt to answer it. Of far more interest is the question " Why are various government agencies acquiring TWO BILLION rounds of ammunition - enough to shoot each American seven times?"
29 weeks ago
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Why do you keep saying 2 billion? The contracts that are publicly available don't add up to that much.
28 weeks ago
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well postal workers are

always

"going postal"
29 weeks ago
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I wonder if their ammo purchases will be shipped through the US Mail, or will they use UPS like smart shooters do?
29 weeks ago
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We're all ALEX JONES TIN FOIL HAT WEARERS now! Somebody call Clifford Kincaid in to troll Bryan Preston for daring to ask such a horrible question. Why does Bryan Preston hate America and not trust the Postal Service with a few rounds of training ammunition?
29 weeks ago
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Having sat as a federal grand juror and seeing the cases to be brought to trial, I have only one comment:

Don't Fu@k with the mail !

Tho, to be honest, 40% of the cases were USPS employees, and one was a dirtbag that liked to hit rural mailboxes with his truck.
29 weeks ago
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To shoot down dogs.
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