Why is the Environmental Protection Agency Buying Tons of GUNS AND AMMO?
The EPA is buying guns, ammo, body armor and other military style equipment on a monumental scale. Doesn’t that seem a little strange for an agency which is supposed to be about protecting the environment?
This report from the Patriot Post raises many questions:
Environmental Protection Army?
Even those of us who have worked in Washington for many years and become accustomed to the inner workings of government can still be amazed by what lurks behind the curtain sometimes. Case in point: the Environmental Protection Agency…
The first thing that strikes you is the EPA’s spendthrift ways. Even if times were flush and government coffers were overflowing (which is far from the case), the agency spends money like it’s expecting the Second Coming next week. The Open the Books audit covered tens of thousands of checks the EPA wrote from 2000 to 2014, with hundreds of millions going toward such things as luxury furnishings, sports equipment and “environmental justice” grants to raise awareness of global warming.
The second thing that hits you is where the rest of the money goes. The headline of an op-ed by economist Stephen Moore in Investor’s Business Daily sums it up well: “Why Does the EPA Need Guns, Ammo, and Armor to Protect the Environment?”
And not just a few weapons. Open the Books found that the agency has spent millions of dollars over the last decade on guns, ammo, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear and other military-style weaponry and surveillance activities.
“We were shocked ourselves to find these kinds of pervasive expenditures at an agency that is supposed to be involved in clean air and clean water,” said Open the Books founder Adam Andrzejewski. “Some of these weapons are for full-scale military operations.”
Among the EPA’s purchases:
- $1.4 million for “guns up to 300mm.”
- $380,000 for “ammunition.”
- $210,000 for “camouflage and other deceptive equipment.”
- $208,000 for “radar and night-vision equipment.”
- $31,000 for “armament training devices.”
What is the EPA going to do with all of this equipment?