Post Office Latest Federal Agency to Ask for Ammunition

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
Post Office Latest Federal Agency to Ask for Ammunition

The U.S. Postal Service is the latest federal agency to request small arms ammunition.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has posted a request to purchase “assorted small arms ammunition,” reports political analyst Michael Lotfi.

The solicitation by the USPS was posted on, the federal government’s federal business opportunities website. The process is now underway to arrange for the purchase of guns and ammo for some undisclosed use by the post office.

As Lotfi points out, it is curious that the postal service can afford to arm itself given their precarious financial position:

The USPS has been posting $1-5 billion quarterly losses for years. In fiscal year (FY) 2012 alone the USPS lost a record $15.9 Billion. At it’s current rate of spending, the USPS is projected to hit $45 Billion in debt within the next three years.

Of course, Obama administration officials probably care very little for the harsh economic realities. In fact, the USPS is just the latest federal agency to be the beneficiary of a billion-dollar weapons purchase. 

Although the exact amount of the USPS purchase is not made clear in its request, billions of taxpayer dollars have been spent by several federal agencies to buy several billion rounds of ammunition.

As The New American has reported, for example, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has purchased over 27 billion bullets over the past year or so. 

 Brian Koening, writing for The New American, put the DHS purchase in perspective:

To put the 1.6 billion rounds in ammunition — which, note, the agency purchased in the last 10 months — in perspective, during the peak of active battle operations in Iraq, U.S. armed forces used approximately 5.5 million bullets a month. “Extrapolating the figures,” reports, “the DHS has purchased enough bullets over the last 10 months to wage a full scale war for almost 30 years.”

These monstrous sums of ammunition purchases have prompted concerns that the DHS is preparing for some form of domestic unrest. In 2011, DHS chief Janet Napolitano commanded Immigration and Customs Enforcement to put strategies in place for a mass influx of immigrants into the United States, requesting a plan to deal with the “shelter” and “processing” of a vast population of people.

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