A reader has supplied the link to DHS’s order solicitation for 7,000 selective fire 5.64x45mm rifles which, for politicians’ and media moms’ purposes, means assault rifles. One example, the civilian version of which is pictured here, is the Heckler & Koch HK33. Read all about it; having done so myself, I want one.
The scope of this contract is to provide a total of up to 7,000 5.56x45mm North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) personal defense weapons (PDW) throughout the life of this contract to numerous Department of Homeland Security components. … DHS and its components have a requirement for a 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.
Oh, for personal defense? And they are entitled to defend themselves with high capacity weapons while we are not? Why?
“Why young women want AR-15s” offers an insight into personal self defense that might be useful to the debate (hint: they’re light – under 5 lbs., reasonably accurate, intimidating and carry plenty of bullets to account for misses and multiple bad guys) but really, when the DHS itself admits that there’s nothing better for that purpose than an assault rifle, do we really need further discussion? These guys are experts, remember, on everything!