Department of Homeland Security: Sport rifle (AR-15) “suitable for personal defense”

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This is from RadioViceOnline.


AR-15’s are weapons of mass murder of good for personal protection?

AR-15’s used by Big Government are for protection.

AR-15’s in Patriots hands are weapons of mass murder.

The United States Department of Homeland Security has stated a rifle chambered in 5.56 NATO (compatible with .223) with a magazine capacity of 30 rounds is “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters…”


Well smack me up-side the head. First, a hat tip to Breitbart’s Awr Hawkins who pointed us to a posted General Services Administration (GSA) business opportunity solicitation posted and updated last summer. Basically, the site posts a request for proposal (RFP) for personal defense weapons for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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This RFP is not for the traditional armed forces. This solicitation is specific to law enforcement who almost exclusively work within and along the borders of the United States. Certainly the threats ICE officers may be subject to are the same exact threats law-abiding residents could be subject to.

Section C of solicitation number HSCEMS-12-R-00011 is pretty specific. Here is a direct link to the Section C PDF (246KB). My emphasis in bold. Notice the term assault weapon or assault rifle is not used anywhere in the document. The “assault weapon” terminology is only used for non-LEOs and non-military who own those firearms.

The scope of this contract is to provide a total of up to 7,000 5.56x45mm North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) personal defense weapons (PDW) throughout the life of this contract to numerous Department of Homeland Security components. …

In paragraph 3.1 under requirements and testing standards we read…

DHS and its components have a requirement for a 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.

Isn’t that inconvenient for the gun control politicians? In requirement paragraph 3.9.10, they find a need for a 30-round magazine.

The action shall be capable of accepting all standard NATO STANAG 20 and 30 round M16 magazines (NSN 1005-00-921-5004) and Magpul 30 round PMAG (NSN 1005-01-576-5159). The magazine well shall be designed to allow easy insertion of a magazine.

In paragraph 3.21.2, they again specify the requirement for a 30-round magazine.

The magazine shall have a capacity to hold thirty (30) 5.56x45mm NATO rounds.

If you did not catch the interesting part in one of the quoted sentences above, let me point it out to you. The personal defense weapon should be select-fire capable.

DHS and its components have a requirement for a 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters…

The action shall be select-fire (capable of semi-automatic and automatic fire).

From the Fire Control Section, paragraph 3.10.1.

The fire control selector shall have three positions; safe, semi-automatic, and automatic. The selector shall have positions which are clearly labeled for the mode of fire.

This formal DHS RFP – which is specific concerning requirements – clearly indicates a select-fire rifle is appropriate for personal defense in close quarters. If it is appropriate for law enforcement, why is it not appropriate for civilian use? (Select-fire/automatic capable weapons are generally not used in situations where you need accuracy; like for home defense.)

As mentioned before, citizens and gun owners have compromised during the last 75 years including making access to automatic fire rifles extremely restricted to the point you can not buy a new one from any gun dealer or manufacture. We have compromised enough.

The National Firearms Act of 1934, the Federal Firearms Act of 1938, the Gun Control Act of 1968, the creation of the ATF in 1972, the Law Enforcement Act Protection Act of 1986, the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1990, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1994, the Assault Weapon Ban of 1994, and the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005 were all federal laws designed to restrict the ownership of specific firearm categories, restrict ownership in general, or make us “more safe.” Of course, state laws have also been implemented as a compromise. The permit process in many states includes high fees, required training, multi-page applications, interviews with officers, interviews with law enforcement administrators, officers visiting your neighbors, yearly reviews, and finger printing in booking rooms among other requirements.

And again

Why a semi-automatic rifle a good choice for home defense…

Here is a list of valid reasons, in no particular order.

  1. You can mount a light, red dot sight and/or a laser to the rifle to make it easy to used and aim during the day or night.
  2. They have a reasonable recoil, making the gun – for many users – easier to shoot as compared to a defense-caliber shotgun or pistol.
  3. They can be customized to “fit” a variety of body types and shooting styles. They can be configured and adjusted for different shooting distances (less than 5 yards to more than 200 yards).
  4. The .223/5.56 self-defense round is appropriate for use within a home, even in an urban environment. Ballistic experts have found rounds from these calibers “dump energy” quickly and break apart or begin to tumble after penetrating the first barrier. Will rifle rounds go through walls? You bet. Will pistol calibers like 9mm, .40 and .45 go through walls? You bet. Will shotgun rounds go through walls? You bet. That said, there is significant evidence the .223/5.56 self-defense rounds penetrate no more than, and often less than traditional handgun calibers and many shotgun rounds.
  5. A rifle is much more capable of stopping a threat as compared to a pistol.
  6. Semi-automatic rifles are more accurate than a pistol or shotgun.
  7. Ammunition is (normally) readily available and (normally) priced within reason. Present time excluded.
  8. You can buy high-capacity magazines for many semi-automatic rifles. In a self-defense situation, you want to avoid manipulating the weapon at all except for pulling the trigger straight back. Law enforcement and civilians do not favor high-capacity magazines so they can shoot more rounds, they favor them so they can manipulate their weapon less. If reloading is needed, it is possible but let’s be completely honest, in many self defense situations, ten rounds may not be enough.

Update: Since this post is getting a fair number of visitors, I want to point out I did not state select-fire rifles set to full auto is one of the reasons it’s a good choice for home defense. Many people who have commented completely ignored my list of compromises gun owners have made since the late 1930s. My point is .. that’s enough.

Update 2: Yes, I realize law enforcement – as compared to the regular military – are civilians. Even if they work for ICE, DEA, Border Patrol or ATF, they are civilians … it’s just a way for me to identify the difference. I guess I could have used “regular people” instead of “civilians,” but LEOs are regular people too. ;)



















Innocents Betrayed JPFO

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The video below is from Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership.

Give up your guns they said.

Get on the trains they said.

We could be the next people boarding their trains.

Where will the new Auschwitz be located?

Will it contain this sign above the gate?

Arbeit macht frei



President to bypass Congress on semiautomatic weapons ban?

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This is from Fox News.

My Fellow Patriots we need to spread the word about this end run.

Between this and the U.N.treaty banning firearms things are getting ugly.

Alcohol, Tobacco,Firearms and Explosives should be a corner store.

Not some jackbooted government agency.

I can  see 1776 from my house.


The Four Steps Towards England

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This is by Kirby Ferris of Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership.
American is slowly headed down England‘s path of destruction.

My ancestry hails from the British Isles. I am one hundred percent Anglo Saxon on both sides of my family. Nearly every Brit I’ve met in my travels was polite (and often wonderfully witty). My father fought side by side with Brits in the Pacific Theater in WWII and his praise for their courage and honor was unbounded. I was raised an Anglophile, a person who truly appreciates the people and culture of Great Britain. However, I haven’t yet visited Great Britain.
And now, by choice, I never will.
Because Great Britain has become the one nation on the entire globe that I hold in irrevocable contempt. Yes, even more than the tyrannies of Iran or Red China or the African despots.
The Iranians, the Chinese, or the Somalis are transparent about what they are: impervious to “democracy” and disinterested in the concepts and responsibilities of personal freedom. They are socially addicted to fanatic religious, tribal, or age-old caste/cultural dictatorship and ruthless strong-arm rule.
In our lifetimes the Iranians, the Chinese, and the Somalis will likely NEVER know personal freedom. It is not in their mentalities, their culture, or within any context of any historical memory that any of them can relate to. Within their nations, they are “immune” to democracy and personal freedom. And so be it, that’s just the way it is.
But my fundamental grudge against England is that Great Britain has willfully chosen a degrading, cowardly, and amoral plummet into self induced slavery and cultural suicide. They have chosen to destroy one of the most productive freedom based cultures of the last five hundred years.
There are four steps that the Brits took toward cultural suicide, and America is not far behind.
#1. Socialism was America’s initial step towards the “English Ideal”. Thank the cultural Marxists (it’s their blueprint), Franklin Delano Roosevelt (The New Deal), and Lyndon Baines Johnson (The Great Society).
(An intriguing aside: The “National Firearms Act of 1934 under FDR, and the “Gun Control Act of 1968” under LBJ. Coincidence?)
#2.Multiculturalism (which is far, far different from the Yankee “melting pot” assimilation ideal) is America’s second step towards English Pudding World. Recently, British Prime Minister Cameron declared that multiculturalism had failed. I’ll leave that there. Even that socialist twit can finally see the forest through the trees.
#3. Political correctness is the third step toward British moral and judicial perversity. In England you go to jail for saying critical things about certain races, religions, ethnic groups, or sexual orientations that here in America are still legal, if only barely so. When “hate language” is illegal in America this will no longer be America. Jailing for politically incorrect speech is right at our borders, friends.
#4. Gun control” is the fourth step towards the wondrous “British System”. The dependency upon government that began with socialism is now complete: the government will protect you. You don’t need a gun. Surrender your firearms.
Multiculturalism exacerbates tensions among the races and cultures and these tensions breed a tendency toward violence. “You still don’t need a gun.” Just let the cops wield even more power over all of us. Give the government even more power over the individual as an excuse to quell “racial tension”. So, to instill multicultural peace? Surrender your firearms.
And political correctness shuts us all up. The emperor has no clothes, but we have been so brainwashed and manipulated that none of us dares speak out with the truth. Guns are now bad! Our children are sent to a shrink for drawing a picture of a gun in school. “Conflict resolution” has taken the place of simply beating the daylights out of the bully on the school yard. This nation’s liberals think self defense is barbaric, “macho”, and “Neanderthal”. Surrender your firearms.
Now, look closely at this photo: *
This is the end game of “gun control”. An innocent man is attacked and has no means of self-protection. This pitiful photograph was taken during the recent London riots. It says it all. This is the final fetid result of the Nanny State that is now Great Britain.
Do you think this event could ever happen in a “Constitutional Carry” state like Alaska, Vermont, Wyoming, or Arizona? Would this be even remotely possible if the thief understood that a robbery using deadly force could be met by the chance that this smaller, weaker fellow, might be packing a Glock? Don’t give me any cultural relativity blather regarding “oppression” and “pent up rage” or any of the other politically correct regurgitation used by the talking heads to excuse the rioting in London.
Just answer the question: Could this happen in Arizona, Wyoming, Vermont, or Alaska?
Could this happen in a state known for a high density of licensed concealed carry? Don’t prevaricate with any “well … that depends” and other such bilge. Yes or no?
The British have been turned into insipid weaklings. From “the sun never sets on the British Empire” to pulling down one’s pants on demand. This is sickening and disgusting.
Additionally, we should feel a deep empathy for the millions of still proud Brits who must realize that their chance to turn any of this around is over. They have been effectively disarmed. There is now NOTHING dissenting Englishmen and women can do. They are helpless.
So every time you hear some American advocate for socialism, multiculturalism, political correctness, or “gun control” spouting off, bring the pathetic image of this photograph to mind.
This is where America is heading. Anyone who denies it is either a fool or a liar. Thank you, Great Britain, for providing a warning about what’s to come.

* A thug demands the clothes and shoes from a hapless victim, during the 2011 London riots.


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