EDITOR'S NOTE: Gun owners beware! According to Breitbart, Rep. Matt Gaetz might have uncovered a sinister IRS plot to corner the ammo market using taxpayer money. Between March and June, the IRS spent approximately $700,000 on ammo. Never in the history of the US has a group of accountants been so half-armed (assuming most don’t own guns). So, why is the IRS doing this? Gaetz is concerned that it’s the federal government’s way to cripple the industry or to render guns ineffective. It makes you wonder why the IRS isn’t purchasing AR-15s instead. Perhaps that’s next on the list? As sinister as this may sound, sinister to the point of ridiculousness, the article does cite a source of evidence for its alleged claim. If you think it sounds absurd, how absurd is it, really, in this age of alternative truths, conspiracy theories, politicians’ lies (actually, that’s normal), and Washington’s ignorance of basic economic principles?
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told Breitbart News Saturday the IRS spent approximately $700,000 “between March and June 1” purchasing ammunition.
Gaetz described the ammunition acquisition as “bizarre.”
He noted he and his Republican colleagues are trying to ascertain why the ammunition was purchased, noting, “There is concern that this is part of a broader effort to have any entity in the federal government buy up ammo to reduce the amount of ammunition that is in supply, while at the same time, making it harder to produce ammo.”
Gaetz noted a scenario where federal entities are buying up ammo puts citizens in a place where the exercise of the Second Amendment is limited due to the inability to get ammunition.
He painted a dire scenario where the government reduces ammunition production “and, on the other hand, [soaks] up the supply of it.”
A usaspending.gov search lists the IRS’s ammunition purchases, which occurred over a period of months in increments ranging from $3,201 worth of ammo at one time to $92,000+ worth of ammo at one time.
AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.
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