Earlier this year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) filed a solicitation for its commercial acquisition of submachine guns. Newsmax reported that specifically the USDA requested .40 caliber submachine guns complete with flashlights, optics, burst fire capability, and 30-round magazines.
Food Renegade posed the question: Why would an agency created to regulate farmers require automatic weapons?
And I would agree with her in saying THEY WOULDN’T.
The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund posted an action alert that stated:
“If agency officials face a situation in which armed backup is truly called for, they can go through the proper procedures to have support from the Department of Justice. Having in-house SWAT teams and armed personnel makes it too easy to turn a non-hazardous situation into an armed raid that abuses the rights of our citizens. Bureaucrats aren’t hired or properly trained for dangerous law enforcement situations. Moreover, it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars to provide weapons to each individual agency.”
Our right to grow and eat food how we please is something we need to stand up for and defend. Fortunately Congressman Stewart has introduced the Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act. I encourage you to check out Food Renegade’s site to learn more about the bill. Or take action and sign the petition to Co-Sponsor HR 4934 at the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.