US Border Patrol Rifles Fail Inspections

   11.19.14

US Border Patrol Rifles Fail Inspections

I’m no longer surprised by anything the government does, unless it accidentally does something efficiently and/or positive.

It’s been reported that “U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Offices of Border Patrol and Training and Development are inspecting the quality of agents’ M4 carbines throughout Border Patrol sectors nationwide.”

Apparently, many of the guns (which some would call “assault rifles”) failed inspection and were removed from service. This left many agents without rifles, causing them to pool rifles so they can share them amongst themselves.

If you ask me, that’s not a terrible thing. I’m not in favor of militarized police, and in fact am in favor of removing machine guns from police agencies. But to risk an awful pun, I admit I’m on the fence when it comes to Border Patrol.

Due to many factors, including the lucrative nature of the criminal drug trade due to the USA’s wasteful and inefficient “war on drugs,” our borders can be very dangerous places. It would be nice to know that the good guys won’t be outgunned and targeted just because they’re doing their jobs.

There is some suspicion that the Border Patrol is purposely disarming its agents. That doesn’t make much sense, which means it may well be true–reminiscent of Fast & Furious and other schemes that increased border violence and crime rather than quelling it.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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