Ban the BATFE

So you're telling me that there exists a branch of the US government's federal bureaucracy that is corrupt and inept, sells guns to drug cartels in Mexico, hires mentally ill people to conduct sting operations and then arrests them, allows minors to take illegal drugs, and generally acts like Batman without all of the cool gadgets and unbreakable moral code? Surely you must be joking!!!

  • BATFE agents befriended mentally disabled people to stimulate business and later arrested them in at least four cities in addition to Milwaukee. In Wichita, BATFE agents referred to a man with a low IQ as “slow-headed” before deciding to secretly use him as a key figure in their sting. Agents in Albuquerque gave a brain-damaged drug addict with little knowledge of weapons a “tutorial” on machine guns, hoping he could find them one. 
  • Agents in several cities opened undercover gun- and drug-buying operations in safe zones near churches and schools, allowed juveniles to come in and play video games and teens to smoke marijuana, and provided alcohol to underage youths. In Portland, Ore., attorneys for three teens who were charged said a female agent dressed provocatively, flirted with the boys and encouraged them to bring drugs and weapons to the store to sell. 
  • As they did in Milwaukee, agents in other cities offered sky-high prices for guns, leading suspects to buy firearms at stores and turn around and sell them to undercover agents for a quick profit. In other stings, agents ran fake pawnshops and readily bought stolen items, such as electronics and bikes–no questions asked–spurring burglaries and theft. In Atlanta, agents bought guns that had been stolen just hours earlier, several that were taken from police cars.
Beware of any government agency, in any country, that seeks to limit your access to firearms in any way. You, and only you, are responsible for learning how to use and handle weapons (and by extension, yourself) safely and correctly. No government agency that is given the power to regulate people's safety will ever willingly limit its power over you; the BATFE has clearly usurped its own limits many times over.

The great thing about government stupidity is that as long as you expect the worst from your government, you'll never be disappointed. Given its long track record of mismanagement and lousy results, I'd say it's high time to shut down this particularly stupid government agency and turn the ATF into what it always should have been:

Meh... does the job, I suppose
Ah hell, I can do better than that... One moment...

Ah, much better


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