Q: Why did the U.S. government recently purchase 30,000 guillotines?
A: It didn't. You've been hoaxed.
A June 19, 2013 article claiming the U.S. government recently purchased 30,000 guillotines (yes, exactly 30,000) and that Congress supposedly passed a law authorizing their use for "governmental purposes" has sparked a conspiracist feeding frenzy.
Never mind there's not a shred of evidence to support these allegations. The first clue to their fictitiousness is that the author to whom they're attributed, retired FBI agent Ted Gunderson, died two years before the article was published.
It's true that Mr. Gunderson was once quoted in the press as claiming that the U.S. government had "recently" purchased 30,000 guillotines (yes, exactly 30,000) but that was four years ago, in 2009.
In point of fact, the "30,000 guillotines" rumor accompanied by now-familiar claims that the federal government has secretly built "FEMA concentration camps," ordered mass shipments of coffins and body bags, issued Gestapo-like executive orders, and so on has been circulating in conspiracy theory circles for well over a decade.
This, for example, was posted on the Internet 11 years ago, in April 2002:
The information I had received was that 15,000 or 30,000 guillotines had been shipped to Georgia as well as Montana for safe keeping until such a time as they are needed. (I don't recall the exact number. It's been a while. However, I do believe it was 15,000 for each storage facility.) Guillotines on American soil? What are they up to? [Source]
What are they up to, indeed! What happened to all those guillotines supposedly shipped in 2002? Why do we need 30,000 more in 2013?
I've found posts going all the way back to the late 1990s claiming that the federal government imported as many as 100,000 guillotines under George H. W. Bush. Where did they all go?
So let's get real. None of these claims are new, nor, despite their longevity, have they ever been proven true. There's no evidence nor any rational reason to believe that the U.S. government has purchased guillotines (of the head-chopping variety) in any amount, ever. There's no record of the U.S. Congress passing laws authorizing the use of guillotines in this country, ever.
What we do have record of ample record, to be sure is the abiding cluelessness of conspiracy theorists.
Your paranoiac reading list:
• Why Did the U.S. Government Recently Purchase 30,000 Guillotines? (2013)
• Revelation Beheading Prophecy - Guillotines Already in U.S.A. (2005)
• Guillotines in AMERICA? (2002)
• Revelation Prophecy - Guillotine Execution (1997)