The Detroit Free Press has a very interesting data base search engine that allows you to search what kind of military gifts your county has received from the Federal Government. Miami Dade has made out like a bandit with six armored vehicles, two observation helicopters, 5 grenade launchers and two hundred and forty assault rifles. These are not the semi automatic versions civilians get to buy at the local gun shop but full auto capability in the majority of cases. Two hundred and twenty-eight rifles are in 5.56mm which makes them in all probability M4s and out of those one hundred and ninety two rifles were given to Miami Dade between 2012 and 2013. That is very interesting since the other two times rifles of this particular caliber were given to MD was in 2006 for a grand total of 10 rifles and then in 2009 for a total of 16 rifles. What kind of issues were so impending security wise that the sudden need to accept enough rifles to fit an army company? But if that was not enough, the value assigned to the weapons is amazing. The 7.62 rifles (Those could be from bolt-action to semi automatic) are valued at $ 138.00 each in a county where you cannot find a 100-year-old Russian made Mosin Nagant surplus rifle for that price without having a mob of people rush into your store. The “value” of the M4s for 2012 is listed at $495 which again would send civilians into a shopping spree since they are between 40% and 50 % cheaper than the semi auto versions. But what would make gun shop owners hire several platoons of vikings on bisons for crowd control would be to sell M4s at the value assigned in the 2013 rifles: $120.00. Now Broward County must be on the naughty list because they got nothing but old trucks, but Monroe County (Florida Keys for those in Georgia and farther northern states) got a total of 34 M4s, an observation helicopter and $800,865.00 Cargo plane. Has Cuba threatened to invade us and we civilians have not been told? If I were a suspicious person, I’d think that the local government is somehow afraid of its population and feel the need for more firepower than they already had.
Bad news: I am a suspicious person.
Hat Tip: Lagniappe’s Lair.