The Wall Street Journal ran an article today (http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-does-the-irs-need-guns-1466117176) that the number of “non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000).” And then asks the question: “What exactly is the Obama administration up to?” I would argue it is not just the Obama administration – go back to Reagan on forward. The number of federal officers with arrest-and-firearm authority numbers over 200,000 today.
According to the article, from 2005 through 2014, the USEPA spent $3,100,000.00 on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment. And since 2005, the USEPA has put nearly $800,000,000.00 into the CID. You would think with an investment like that, the USEPA CID would have produced more results.
It does raise civil liberties concerns about the militarization of federal, state and local police forces.
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