Since FY 2006, 44 traditionally administrative agencies have spent over $71 million on items like body armor, riot helmets and shields, cannon launchers and police firearms and ammunition, according to federal spending data from watchdog group OpenTheBooks.com.
This comes in addition to the $330 million spent on such equipment in that period by traditional law enforcement agencies like the FBI, Secret Service and Drug Enforcement Administration.
Some examples of the purchases include:
• Nearly $2 million spent by the Department of Veterans Affairs on riot helmets, defender shields, body armor, a “milo return fire cannon system,” armored mobile shields, Kevlar blankets, tactical gear and equipment for crowd control.
• Over $300,000 spent by the Food and Drug Administration on “ballistic vests and carriers” in fiscal 2014.
• Over $200,000 on body armor spent by the Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama administration years, versus just $30,000 in the three previous fiscal years.
• More than $28,000 by the Smithsonian Institution on body armor for its “zoo police and security officers” in fiscal 2012.
Again, there’s nothing wrong with police having the best gear to do their job, but one could argue that it’s resources being wasted, given that crime levels have reached record lows. Yes, some parts of the country have seen an increase in their homicide rates, like Washington D.C. and Baltimore, but the nation hasn’t returned to the insane homicide levels of the early 1990s. The EPA is stocking up on body armor? Seriously?
And then there’s the ammo purchases by agencies that don’t need ammunition or “training” with ammo.
Oh and The Golden Globe Awards: A Haven for the Anti-Gun Hollywood Illiterati…
Already happened:bomb-sniffing dogs, redcarpet cleared by security, one man says “did you see snipers on roof?”
Increased security presence at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton
Security at check point v intense. Dogs, mirrors under car, had to open all car portals.
Security with machine guns patrol red carpet before 73rd Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton
Hmmm…Curiouser and Curiouser…