It’s no secret that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have put in purchase orders for literally millions of rounds of self-defense ammunition. I’m not sure who broke the story, but during the week of August 13, 2012, the story went viral. For years, conspiracy theorists and economic experts alike have warned of an upcoming economic collapse in the United States. What is worrisome is that our economy hasn’t risen out of the tank yet, military and law enforcement agencies are performing drills in the middle of the city and we are a few short months from our next presidential election. It is no surprise that people are getting nervous. We have two presidential candidates, one who has said he supports reinstating the assault weapons ban, and one who was governor of one of the most gun-restricted states in our country.
Texas Judge Tom Head announced what a lot of others are thinking. He said he is afraid that a reelection of President Obama will cause “civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war, maybe…” Judge Head has asked for a countywide tax increase to gear up for what could possibly be civil war. The Lubbock judge expressed the theory that President Obama will allow the to United Nations have control over the United States. Well, not from his cold, dead hands. Judge Head said, “I don’t want ‘em in Lubbock County. Okay. So I’m going to stand in front of their armored personnel carriers and say, ‘You’re not coming in here.”
It comes as no surprise that the DHS has put in an order for more ammunition. After all, they are the government agency that is spearheading the fight against terrorism, the agency that defends our borders, and enforces immigration laws through U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It was no secret the DHS ordered ammo. In fact, there was an official press release from ATK announcing the purchase. Oddly enough, when I was researching this article, all links I found to the press release were broken.
The DHS and ICE ordering 450 million rounds of self-defense ammunition over a five-year period does not seem unreasonable to me. The question remaining is why NOAA and the SSA are ordering ammo as well? The SSA ordered 174,000 rounds and NOAA’s request, for their department Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement is for 46,000 rounds.
The Homeland Security Act of 2002, Section 812 gave the Inspector Generals the power to enforce the law. There are 73 presidentially appointed Inspector Generals, most all have a law enforcement department. These law enforcement agents investigate fraud of that particular department. For example, the office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recovered 4.1 billion dollars in 2011 lost to fraud and are currently searching for 170 fugitives. Even the U.S. Department of Education has a law enforcement division. In 2010, the office of the Inspector General ordered 27
Remington 870 shotguns.
These agents that work for each Inspector General:
- Carry a firearm
- Can make an arrest without a warrant
- Search and seize evidence
- Perform undercover operations
- Use electronic surveillance
Do we want ICE and the DHS to have ample ammo, resources, and manpower to keep our country safe? Of course we do, but when the Department of Education is arming themselves, I get a little worried. President Obama, due to emergency powers legislation may reassign any government employee to aid during a time of “crisis, exigency, or emergency circumstances.” I am going to safely assume that if we break out in civil war, or even mass civil unrest, the President will declare a state of crisis.
The 1878 law, Posse Comitatus Act made it illegal for the Army or Air Force to deploy domestically for “civil disturbances,” but as of 1994, there had been 114 “civil disturbances.” And that was before Hurricane Katrina. The Posse Comitatus Act does not apply to the National Guard, however the Insurrection Act gives the President power to use the armed forces to restore order, such as the case as with Army in the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
The misuse of power is how Los Angeles got into such a mess anyway. In fact, most of our countries worst riots and uprisings are due to a perceived abuse of power by law enforcement agencies. Our history of rioting dates back to 1863. In that year, New Yorkers rioted because there was a loophole in the draft to fight in the Civil War. If you were rich, you could pay a hefty fee and escape the draft. Estimates are widely off, but CNBC.com says that 200 to 2,000 people died during the riots. The Watts riots in Los Angeles went on for six days in 1965, in a reaction to “poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and police brutality.” In 1967, in Detroit, people rioted for five days just on rumors of “excessive police force.” In 1992, in the Los Angeles riots that went on for six days, 53 people died due to the violence. Again, these riots were cause by peoples’ perception of excessive force. The biggest riot that occurred in a city since Los Angeles was in 2001 one in Cincinnati. Riots broke out when police shot and killed a 19 year who was running from them. Experts agree that the use of excessive force coupled with poverty and unemployment cause civil unrest. Sound familiar? Are the Inspector Generals misusing their power? Or just preparing for it?
Is the time for civil unrest upon us? CNBC.com says, “Most riots usually end the same way, with mass arrest, loss of life and damage to public and private property.” If every city riots, will all 73 law enforcement agencies deploy to stop them? Sociologist Karen Sternheimer defines civil unrest, riots, and rebellion. Civil unrest is “a disruption of the typical social order,” while riots are angry mobs causing “mayhem.” A rebellion on the other hand is an organized protest calling for change. Not all civil unrest leads to violence. One of the most famous non-violent protests in American history is the Boston Tea Party.
When we look at the state our country is in and the low confidence we have in our leaders—Obama has a 60 percent disapproval rate on handling the economy—it is no wonder the government is preparing for the worst; after all, we are. Gun sales have reached an all-time high and Winchester reports a 33 percent increase in ammunition sales from a year ago. Are we preparing to fight each other? I like to think not. The Second Amendment grants us the right to bear arms in case we must face a tyrannical government. I hope to God that all the stocking up on ammunition isn’t because it’s coming to that. Alas, as my title suggests, they know something we don’t know. How much hell can a hand basket hold?
In philosophy 101, my professor taught about Pascal’s Wager, a philosophy on answering the question, “Does God exist?” Pascal’s Wager pretty much says believe in God just in case. Do we know what is going to happen in the future? No, we do not, but I say, prepare just in case.
What will you do—riot or rebel?
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