Skip to comments.Going Postal: The Post Office wants ammunition after Senatorís proposal
Posted on 02/06/2014 3:37:22 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Going postal, in American English slang, means becoming extremely and uncontrollably angry, often to the point of violence, and usually in a workplace environment.
In the oddest solicitation to date, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has submitted a pre-solicitation notice for ammunition to add to its inventory of government supplies.
Never, in the last ten years, has the USPS posted solicitations for ammunition of any kind via the governments Federal Business Online website.
Other agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service have made unusually large purchases of .40 caliber S&W ammunition, and agencies such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have made purchases of military grade weaponry that far exceeds any demonstrable need.
It can be assumed that the USPS is jumping on the lead and brass bandwagon, despite being billions of dollars in debt, and unable to pay its retirees their pensions.
In 1972, the USPS requested and received permission to make all US Post Offices Gun Free Zones, and have even claimed regulatory authority through the parking lot and even to the public sidewalk beyond. However, since that went into effect, it was not the average citizen that caused unnecessary deaths, but rather, their own past and present employees:
Edmond, Oklahoma in 1986
Ridgewood, New Jersey in 1991
Royal Oak, Michigan in 1991
Double event in 1993
Goleta, California, in 2006
Baker City, Oregon, in 2006
In total, 40 postal workers and family members have been killed by current and former employees. This is where the phrase, going postal came from.
With this current solicitation, speculation exists if the USPS will be manning high traffic areas now that Kentucky Senator Rand Pauls amendment to the Postal Reform Bill to allow Concealed Weapon Holders to lawfully carry in Post Offices.
This pre-solicitation comes two days after Pauls proposed the ban removal.
Going postal may now take on a whole different meaning the next time youre at the Post Office.
Swapping pepper spray for handguns?
Shooting family pets: It’s no longer just a LEO bloodsport.
“Swapping pepper spray for handguns?”
They’re jealous that other uniformed government workers get to kill dogs with impunity and they don’t. Watch out rover.
I can’t believe they deliver mail to a good share of the places they do without guns.
It’s to keep the post offices themselves secure, more likely. Honestly, we have had a spike in whackjobs participating in mass shootings of formerly safe sectors of our society. Best to secure those locations. If you put a bunch of cops or National Guardsmen there, people would scream, “BRAVE NEW WORLD! BIG BROTHER!”. Better to just have the arms on standby and avoid as much lunacy as possible.
I’m not sure where this article is going.
The Post Office has had armed personnel for many decades. My grandfather was one. During the depression, he would shepherd high value mail and parcels containing stock certificates, bonds, etc. from brokerages and banks until they got into the system. (He carried a nice Colt .38, BTW).
Now if they’re buying 300 million rounds or something, that might be a whole ‘nother ball of wax.
My thoughts too.
So you trust the government implicitly, even this government? How is it back in 1963? Could you say “Hi!” to my relatives for me?
Obviously not his first encounter with that cat.
I'm not sure where you came up with that implication from what I posted, 2nd.
I'm just pointing out that the Post Office has had armed officers long before many of these other alphabet agencies were even in existence. Now if someone wants to posit that armed Post Office agents should not have ammunition for their handguns, or should be disarmed, we can discuss that.
P.S.- For the record, I don't trust the government implicitly and I always look forward to the threads you start here. You do great work.
Ammo but not guns? What are they going to do, hold up the cartridges and hit them with little hammers?
I’m somewhat aware of the history of the Post Office and realize that postal inspectors have been armed for some time. I’m also aware of the trend towards militarizing any and all government agencies under the last three or four administrations and their aping of the Geheime Staatspolizei.
Are all govt employees going to be heavily armed now? Hope and change....
Agreed. 50 years ago, situations where 4 cops with revolvers would have sufficed are now met with 20 paramilitaries with full battle rattle and an MRAP.
Maybe a small percentage of encounters may require this response but it certainly appears if they don’t use these “resources” on a regular basis, they won’t continue to get funding for them.
“The US government De-paramilitarization Act of 2017.”
That the only federal employees allowed to be armed on duty are commissioned and non-commissioned federal officers, who are engaged in a police, intelligence, or military capacity.
In addition, all military and paramilitary equipment, weapons and ammunition, and other resources maintained by non-police, intelligence or military federal agencies are to be turned over to the FBI, for disposal or sale as surplus.
No, Alex Jones is banned here.
Someone has taken to heart the prepper theme of investing in lead as a store of value. Maybe they are being paid in an asset class with potential for market manipulation upward(;>)
you betcha. UPS & FEDEX will jump at the chance to deliver mail on RFD routes for 50 cent postage.
Sorry - didn’t know that...
The Post Office does not have a happy ending, when their employees show up with weapons, why furnish them?
Well, they could throw the rounds....really hard. That could hurt.