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Social Security Administration Police Force – Why Do They Need Guns?

As budgets get tighter and more and more people are watching where the spending is coming from, The Social Security Administration disclosed that they recently purchased 174,000 hollow-point bullets for ammunition needs.  It turns out the Social Security Administration trains and has a force of 295 agents (armed) who investigate Social Security fraud and other crimes.  These agents execute warrants and make arrests across the country (who knew?).  These agents carry .357 caliber pistols! Internet bloggers are surely talking about this new revelation.  In particular, the type of ammo and how it causes much more damage as compared to other ammunition options available.

So… what’s the point of having the police for these issues then?  I guess this makes the Social Security Administration their own judge and jury of who should be arrested and have their house ripped apart at night.  While investigating this news, I ran across another agency, NOAA’s Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement who recently are taking bids to purchased 46,000 rounds of ammunition and shooting targets.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) office, a U.S. federal agency, oversees a social insurance program that provides numerous benefits to American citizens, primarily catering to the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Established in 1935 under the Social Security Act, the SSA administers benefits such as retirement income, disability income, and survivor benefits, offering a financial safety net for millions of Americans. It is especially renowned for its role in providing Social Security retirement benefits, which are often a crucial source of post-retirement income for many individuals. The SSA’s operations span across numerous local offices nationwide, providing direct services to citizens and helping them navigate through various life stages and changes. These offices assist individuals in applying for Social Security numbers, understanding their future benefits, managing claim issues, and facilitating other crucial interactions with the Social Security system. The SSA plays a pivotal role in supporting citizens’ financial stability, especially during retirement or in times of disability or familial loss.

I say let the police do their jobs and serve warrants properly.  We don’t need these “agencies” making decisions of who they believe is guilty and should be taken down.  This is another example of wasted spending and resources. It’s a sad country when all the government agencies are carrying weapons that could be used against the people.

Update 2019: The Social Security’s office of Inspector General employs approximately 295 agents, tasked with probing into Social Security fraud and various other crimes, according to Jonathan L. Lasher, the agency’s assistant Inspector General for external relations. These agents are not only equipped with firearms but also hold the authority to enact arrests, with a notable 589 incidents in the previous year, as per Lasher. Their responsibilities extend beyond mere investigations; they are imperative in executing search warrants and addressing threats directed towards Social Security offices, their employees, and clientele, ensuring the safe and lawful operation of Social Security Administration activities across the nation.

Having lived in the Pacific Northwest his entire life, Jeff understands and delivers a different perspective about politics. Even though many may disagree with his language and writing style, you can't debate his passion for the Seattle area and his committment to a better society.

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