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A new report by a government watchdog group has tracked the weaponry expenditures of the federal government and found $1.48 billion in “military-style equipment” purchases for 67 of its non-military agencies.

That means the Food and Drug Administration, the Social Security Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United States Mint, the Department of Education, the Small Business Administration, et al. are now fully stocked with guns, ammo, and other military equipment, according to the Open the Books report “The Militarization of America.”

The key findings were for fiscal years 2006-2014. During that time, as the report notes, “non-military federal spending on guns and ammunition jumped 104 percent from $55 million (FY2006) to $112 million (FY2011).”

The IRS alone purchased $11 million worth of weapons and ammunition, which as Weasel Zippers notes, is an “awful lot of weapons for an agency that has limited need.”

Another agency with limited need is the Environmental Protection Agency, which spent over $3 million on guns and ammo. Then there are the other federal agencies spending millions on paintball equipment, Tasers, projectiles, unmanned aircraft, and grenades and launchers. This doesn’t sound at all like necessary equipment outside of war.

And isn’t it interesting that the Obama administration feels the need to stock up on all of this military weaponry while telling the rest of us we have no business purchasing rifles like the AR-15?

Similarly to Open the Books, whose motivation is letting taxpayers know exactly how their money is being spent, Citizens for Self-Governance understands the concern for the future of the country, especially in light of an out-of-control government spending our money on the very things they say we can’t have. The federal government is limiting us, when the Constitution says we are the ones that should be limiting them.

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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