Utah Congressman Proposes Disarming BLM Agents and Other Federal Bureaucrats

Gun control fanatics claim they’re against guns, but they’re usually the ones in favor of heavily arming government agents. If you work for the government, you deserve all the heavy weaponry you can get your hands on to protect you from evil, rebellious and dangerous civilians.

So, we see agencies like Homeland Security, the Bureau of Land Management, even the Social Security Administration and the Postal Service ordering large amounts of ammo and weaponry. They’re allowed to protect themselves from us, but we’re not allowed to protect ourselves from them – that would be “terrorism.”

A Congressman from Utah has proposed effectively disarming these federal bureaucrats. The Salt Lake Tribune reported:

Stewart, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, says he’s going to try to cut funding for any “paramilitary units” and require the BLM, Internal Revenue Service and other regulatory agencies to rely on local law enforcement rather than their own armed crews. “There are lots of people who are really concerned when the BLM shows up with its own SWAT team,” the Utah Republican said off the House floor Tuesday, noting that land managers aren’t the only government agents with serious firepower. “They’re regulatory agencies; they’re not paramilitary units, and I think that concerns a lot of us.”

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Stewart, who insists he isn’t taking sides in the Bundy showdown, says he was shocked to see the government’s response and believes it led to the civilian militia that showed up to defend the rancher. But Stewart says agencies such as the BLM should defer to local police for muscle instead of bringing in their own.

“They should do what anyone else would do,” Stewart said. “Call the local sheriff, who has the capability to intervene in situations like that.”

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The Interior Department stressed Tuesday that the BLM and National Park Service had law enforcement personnel present during the Bundy cattle roundup to provide safety for their employees and the public.

Stewart of course isn’t the only legislator to propose such a thing. Way back in 1997, another congressman warned from the House floor about the dangers of an armed federal police force: