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LETTER: Agencies acquired weapons over several years

Posted 9/10/22

I read with interest Patricia Evans’ letter in Thursday’s Sentinel concerning the purchase of weapons and ammo for various government agencies While factual to the extent that the purchases were …

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LETTER: Agencies acquired weapons over several years

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I read with interest Patricia Evans’ letter in Thursday’s Sentinel concerning the purchase of weapons and ammo for various government agencies

While factual to the extent that the purchases were made, it appears this information was gleaned from an article by Forbes published in 2017, with subsequent stories up to and including this year which contained more information.

The statistics she quotes appear to be the accumulated weapons and costs from 2014 to present day, Of course that included President Trump’s four years where he continued the practice unabated; thus dates were omitted, odd since the number of guns, ammo, and dollar amounts were quite precise.

This leads the reader to believe falsely, it all occurred during President Biden’s term. As for the 87,000 new hires, sounds like a lot, but if you consider retirements, and normal losses over the next several years, and the fact we don’t know what the normal turnover rate is, it’s difficult to judge that number.

So while Ms. Evans is correct in saying “We better pay attention to this, my fellow citizens,” it seems she’s quite selective in whom she criticizes, remembering that Trump wanted to use the military in some unconventional ways.
Nearly all government agencies who deal with the public have a level of armed personnel, no doubt in response to the growing number of personal weapons in this country.
. . . And yes, we are paying attention!

— Brody Payne Sr., Rome


 

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