A country without borders is not a country… and an army without weapons is not an army.
Several Navy seal members have recently confided in California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter that they don’t have enough combat rifles to go around, and upon return from deployment, their rifles are given to other seals shipping out.
Sharing rifles is not just an inconvenience… it’s also a safety issue:
Sharing rifles may seem inconsequential. It’s not. The weapons, which are outfitted with telescopic targeting sights and laser pointers, are fine-tuned to individual specifications and become intensely personal pieces of gear.
“They want their rifles,” Hunter said. “It’s their lifeline. So let them keep their guns until they’re assigned desk jobs at the Pentagon.”
Is it a funding issue? No, says Hunter.
“There is so much wasteful spending,” he said. “Money is not reaching the people it needs to reach.” Combat rifles can cost up to several thousand dollars depending upon the type of weapon and quality of the sights and other attachments. But the M-4 carbine, the standard combat rifle used by the military branches, cost less than $1,000 each when bought in bulk, according to Defense Department budget documents.
The seals reported that the military rarely asks for input from the service members who actually use the equipment, and ammunition is also in short supply for training. See full story at US News.
On UNFILTERED: Former FBI Special Agent and former Navy SEAL Jonathan Gilliam joins Dennis to discuss the U.S. Navy lowering its physical standards for new recruits as well as the fact that the U.S. Navy is not getting the weapons they need because of money mismanagement.
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