Why on earth would an agency charged to “regulate” agriculture need machine guns? Or any guns for that matter? Isn’t there something horribly wrong with this picture? Can you imagine farmers and ranchers doing anything on their property that would require this particular government agency to have these high-powered weapons?
Unless a farmer or rancher is physically harming someone else – physically beating or using force against another person for any reason other than self-defense – there is absolutely NO REASON that weapons should ever be used by any government agency against its own citizens. And there are already law enforcement agencies charged to take care of such a situation – like the County Sheriff.
We have people screaming about gun laws for the safety of citizens – what about the applicability of these gun laws that already exist for our own government officials? Shouldn’t they have to follow the same laws? Isn’t the government made up of individuals just like you and me? What makes somebody who works for the government any better, smarter, or capable of managing a weapon used for mass killing?
I hope you take a moment to sign this petition at the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund – and stay involved in this debate. There is absolutely no reason that ANY government agency or official should have these weapons that could be used against our own citizens. It is frightening – and we can stop it.