This morning, it was reported that many U.S. Border Patrol agents have had their M4 carbines taken away from them, and agents along the U.S.-Mexican border are actually being forced to share weapons.
What is behind this outrageous confiscation?
Officially, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has called for a nationwide inspection of the agents’ weapons, and have yet to return them.
Last week, CBP issued the following statement on the matter: “CBP’s Offices of Border Patrol and Training and Development are jointly inspecting the serviceability of M4 carbines throughout Border Patrol Sectors nationwide. Some of (the) inspected M4 carbines were deemed unserviceable and removed from inventory to alleviate safety concerns. Inspections will continue to ensure the unserviceable M4 carbines are repaired or replaced for reintroduction into the field. No further information is available at this time.”
However, this action is unprecedented and agents are beginning to go public with their concerns for their own safety.
Art del Cueto, president of the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector union told KVOA:
There’s a lot of agents that are pretty upset over it. We know it’s a dangerous job. We know what we signed on for but we want to have as much of the equipment as we need to perform the job.
I hope they replace these weapons as soon as possible or give us some kind of answer as to how they plan on replacing them.
Considering the fact that the Obama administration has been purchasing large quantities of both weapons and ammunition over the last two years, and doling out automatic weapons and armored vehicles to local law enforcement agencies, it is simply inconceivable that the federal government is unable to repair or replace our Border Patrol agents’ weapons.
Furthermore, if the rifles were truly “unserviceable” as the feds claim, the agents would not have been carrying them in the first place. Every law enforcement officer who has ever worked a shift checks his/her weapon before going out on patrol, and the men and women of the Border Patrol are no exception.
More than likely, this is being done by the Obama administration for political reasons, at Mexico’s request.
Do you think the cartels are disarming their soldiers?