Friday, March 12, 2010

Shotguns for the Department of Education

Back when I was a kid, the worst that could happen was a paddling by either the coach or the principal. Apparently they have decided to ramp up the discipline. If you have an extra 27 shotguns lying around, you might want to think about submitting a bid. I found this solicitation on this government website.

"The U.S. Department of Education (ED) intends to purchase twenty-seven (27) REMINGTON BRAND MODEL 870 POLICE 12/14P MOD GRWC XS4 KXCS SF. RAMAC #24587 GAUGE: 12 BARREL: 14"- PARKERIZED CHOKE: MODIFIED SIGHTS: GHOST RING REAR WILSON COMBAT; FRONT - XS CONTOUR BEAD SIGHT STOCK: KNOXX REDUCE RECOIL ADJUSTABLE STOCK FORE-END: SPEEDFEED SPORT-SOLID - 14" LOP are designated as the only shotguns authorized for ED based on compatibility with ED existing shotgun inventory, certified armor and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts."

The required date of delivery is March 22, 2010. Click the above link for the rest.

In the offering above, the two items in red stand out. First, the barrel length is illegal according to current ATF regulations demanding at least an 18 ½” barrel minimum on all rifles and shotguns. The second refers to the “existing shotgun inventory.” Who at the Department of Education needs a shotgun for protection, intrusion, or civil disturbance? I know that classroom discipline has diminished since I was a kid but has it become that bad? Perhaps they fear the Tea Party Patriots, most of whom, view the Department of Education with absolute dismay. Since a huge percentage of our educators have a Marxist view of history and government they surely fear a soon to be applied bounty on them.

In the configuration described with such a short barrel, the shot pattern would be logical for this department. It would spread far wider and sooner than a legal piece thus missing most of the targets—sort of like our current teaching methods. Further, once the shot found its mark it would be so watered down as to be ineffective. Yes indeed, it would be consistent with the current roster of those instructors in the classrooms. Will someone kindly wake me when this is over?

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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