Barack Obama is heading to Seattle Friday, and as he wings westward someone might ask the gun control-supporting president how many guns are protecting him?
It’s a legitimate question after the Washington Free Beacon reported Wednesday about a study from the “Open the Books” watchdog group that asserts “civilian agencies spent $1.48 billion on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment between 2006 and 2014.” The story cited examples that include “IRS agents with AR-15s, and EPA bureaucrats wearing camouflage.”
When he gets to Seattle, there will also be Seattle Police and Washington State Patrol involved and they’ve also got guns.
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Obama will reportedly attend a fund-raiser for Washington’s anti-gun Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee, a former congressman who was at Capitol Hill Wednesday and participated for a while in the infamous House “sit-in” for gun control. Then the president will attend a private event at a private residence.
“Open the Books asserted that there are now over 200,000 non-military federal officers with arrest and firearm authority, surpassing the 182,100 personnel who are actively serving in the U.S. Marine Corps,” the Free Beacon reported.
This might be an embarrassing bit of hypocrisy on the part of the president and his Capitol Hill cronies. House Democrats staged their publicity-generating “sit-in” this week to push for stricter gun laws for private citizens, inside a government building protected by “non-military federal officers with arrest and firearm authority.”
The Daily Caller asked career Congressman Charlie Rangel about the right of his Harlem constituents to carry handguns for personal protection. Rangel reportedly replied, “Law-abiding citizens just shouldn’t have to carry a gun. You’re not gonna push me in that direction.”
But then the reporter asked Rangel why, if he doesn’t think that his own constituents need to be armed, he worked under the protection of the well-armed Capitol Police. Rangel’s reply was hideously hypocritical: “Well that’s a little different. I think we deserve–I think we need to be protected down here.”
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