Friday, March 12, 2010

DofE Wants Shotguns?

Now doesn't this just leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling?

March 11, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A week from Monday, a shipment of combat-ready shotguns is due to arrive in Chicago, destined for what would seem to be an unlikely recipient: the United States Department of Education.


ABC7 investigative reporter Chuck Goudie has learned the details of an unusual gun order.

On Monday, the US Department of Education began soliciting bids, not for books or laptops, but for guns, Remington shotguns decked out with all the combat trimmings, such as short barrels for concealment and modified sights.

Why would the department of education need guns? That is what the I-Team wanted to know.

The guns are to arrive in Chicago west of the Loop on Monday, March 22, in the 14th floor offices of the US Department of Education inspector general.

According to the bid solicitation, the department is purchasing 27 Remington Model 870 pump-action shotguns with 14-inch modified choke barrels. They are custom-made for law enforcement and have shorter barrels than required for purchase by private citizens.

The Remington shotgun being purchased by the education department is intended to replace an older, malfunctioning arsenal, according to officials, and would have to be compatible with existing combat armor.

The I-Team called US Education Secretary Arne Duncan Thursday afternoon to find out why his inspector general's office requires guns at all. Duncan, who previously ran the Chicago Public Schools, referred questions to the inspector general's office.

In an e-mail, a spokesperson told the I-Team that their special agents work waste and fraud cases involving education funds and programs, and they have full law enforcement authority and training, and they sometimes conduct search warrants and make arrests.

The shotguns are expected to arrive at the loading dock in 10 days and are being shipped to Chicago because this is where the education department's firearm's inventory manager is located.

And so, as the anticipated $35,000 gun purchase is in the federal pipeline, the I-team asked federal officials when the last time was that an education department inspector general employee actually fired a weapon in the line of duty. A spokesperson said, "in our history, we have been fortunate that our agents have *not* had to discharge their firearms in the line of duty."

She added, "please know that in the course of our work, we have arrested individuals with violent criminal histories, including violence against law enforcement officers."


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6 comments:

Northwoods said...

Ya' think they may be expecting a negative responce to some tyrannical dictative orders? That would be my bet..
An honest, law a abiding citizen can not so much as carry a gun within a half mile of a school..and yet the DOE can arm themselves against the students?
Perhaps a Natzie could explain that but it baffles the hell out of me..

Cliff said...

I wonder if the BoE Arsenal has now become a target of opportunity. No one would have thought to break in and steal reams of paper and stuff but knowing there are LEO level shotguns and body armor being stored I'm sure it'll pop up on someones radar soon and all that armament will end up on the streets. I wonder how often they train with said shotguns? The downside for them is that tardy students now know that the truant officer will be calling with a shotgun and body armor so they will be prepared to take them out with armor piercing semi-auto rounds out of nasty black rifles.
Hope they all have a good day.
Cliff

Mayberry said...

All I got to say is "it's coming". Get prepared....

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Shy Wolf said...

Really- I read those comuniques and wondered just how much trouble Nannydotgov is expecting from parents who home school?
Seriously: with all the attacks on home schooling the last year, there is definitely something not right going on with the DofE.
Just watch your six and go armed.
Shy III
LOL: the verif. word is 'watin'... and I am just watin for it to start.

Did it MY way said...

And they constantly complain they never have enough money for educating the children? But have the funds for weapons we can not buy.
And they do it all in the open while they laugh at us.
Lock and load.

See Ya. God help us.