The Washington Post received the clarification that TTAG sought re: the number and type of Department of Education’s arsenal of firearms. And here it is: “The Office of the Inspector General has 100 special agents and each is issued a .40-caliber Glock pistol. Agents carry handguns in the regular course of their duties,” The Office of Inspector General’s Public Affairs Liaison wrote. “The planned purchase of 27 shotguns will bring the office’s total to 52. Agents carry shotguns when conducting high-risk arrest and search warrant operations, which is standard practice for law enforcement.” Catherine Grant told the WaPo that the *office’s special agents have never had to discharge their firearms in the line of duty.” The paper’s writer Valerie Strauss wonders about that: “The Web site of the inspector general’s office lists by year the many fraud and other investigations in which gun-carrying agents were involved. The list is long–but, really, do the agents need to carry guns?” No, they need a bag full of erasers and a keen eye.

3 Responses to U.S. Department of Education: 100 Glocks, 52 Shotguns

  1. Apparently, the Dept. of Education has a SWAT team at their disposal. Guess that’s what all the shotties and Glocks were for.

    http://www.market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=187745

    Taking Out A Student Loan? Think Twice

    You could have the SWAT team break down your door at 6:00 AM.

    No, I’m not kidding:

    STOCKTON, CA – Kenneth Wright does not have a criminal record and he had no reason to believe a S.W.A.T team would be breaking down his door at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

    “I look out of my window and I see 15 police officers,” Wright said.

    Wright came downstairs in his boxer shorts as a S.W.A.T team barged through his front door. Wright said an officer grabbed him by the neck and led him outside on his front lawn.

    ….

    The U.S. Department of Education issued the search and called in the S.W.A.T for his wife’s defaulted student loans.

    Got it folks?

    Go ahead…. sign the FAFSA “for your kids.” And a few years later, when they can’t pay on their loans as they can’t find a job after racking up all that nice debt, your act of “kindness” and “duty” in signing that form can be the reason their door gets kicked in by the SWAT team, and perhaps their dog – or even your own son or daughter – is shot.

    Still think it’s a good idea to sign that form, do you?

    Incidentally, it is (theoretically) unconstitutional to imprison someone for debt. This means such an event is not a criminal act, it’s a civil one, which in turn means – at least if the government gave a damn about The Constitution – they had no cause to use “law enforcement” in this sort of circumstance at all.

    Of course when it comes to government, the Constitution is an inconvenience.

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