DHS wants 7000 “assault weapons” for “personal defense” [updated]
The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to acquire 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO “personal defense weapons” (PDW) — also known as “assault weapons” when owned by civilians. The solicitation, originally posted on June 7, 2012, comes to light as the Obama administration is calling for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and high capacity magazines.
Citing a General Service Administration (GSA) request for proposal (RFP), Steve McGough of RadioViceOnline.com reports that DHS is asking for the 7,000 “select-fire” firearms because they are “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters.” The term select-fire means the weapon can be both semi-automatic and automatic. Civilians are prohibited from obtaining these kinds of weapons.
Well, not quite. But they are extraordinarily difficult to get, heavily taxed, and oftentimes exorbitantly expensive. For the record.
The RFP describes the firearm as “Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) – 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.” Additionally, DHS is asking for 30 round magazines that “have a capacity to hold thirty (30) 5.56x45mm NATO rounds.”
Republican New York state Sen. Greg Ball also issued a press release this week bringing attention to the weapons purchase request.
Calls made to DHS seeking information regarding whether or not the RFP was accepted and fulfilled were not immediately returned on Saturday.
Of course they weren’t. Because who do you think you are, questioning the wisdom of government officials? I mean, these are government officials. Appointed by other government officials because of their specialness. They’re practically gods or superheroes. In fact, were they X-Men, their X-Men power would be caring too much about an otherwise helpless citizenry in their charge.
So you can stop it with the veiled “hypocrisy” arguments. That only matters if we’re comparing apples to apples. Instead, we’re comparing compassionate, moral, wise civic gods and superheroes to, eg., some pro-gun extremist dude on your street who cleans out gutters for a living, eats Velveeta & shells, and watches “Storage Wars” marathons.
Do you seriously believe we need to explain who is, by virtue of the intensity of their caring, entitled to be heavily armed, and who should probably be declawed and allowed to eat only with plastic cutlery off of paper plates?
Also, shut up.
update: my SF buddy emails, “[…] PDWs are typically even ‘worse’ than assault weapons. They are normally extremely short carbines, sometimes stockless, or with some clever collapsible stock. So they almost always fall under NFA rules as Short Barrel Rifles (SBR), and require that whole process to own.”
My, but some pigs really are more equal than others!