Wednesday, May 20, 2015

People, Come on, People...

Liberal Think Tank: ATF Should Merge with FBI to Reduce Firearms Crime

First of all, "Liberal Think Tank" is an oxymoron.  I'm just sayin'.  And proof of the moron part is in the above referenced article.  Merging the ATF with the FBI is like merging, well, it is like merging…well it is a dumb idea.  Why don't we merge the Center for American Progress with Waste Management (I'm still just trying to come up with an analogy).

"...the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is plagued by inadequate management, insufficient resources, burdensome restrictions and a lack of coordination."

The ATF has a function - they just don't know what it is.  I am no expert on the ATF, but just like the DEA, they serve a purpose - which is NOT long term, complex investigations of criminal enterprises.  If congress wants to get rid of the ATF, I am okay with that.  The FBI already investigates "firearms crimes," so there would be no change there.  But the FBI does not do any regulatory function - which is what the ATF should do.

We don't need more gun laws, we need to enforce the ones we have…and get rid of quite a few.  Any legislator that wants to pass another gun law, should sit in state or federal court for a hearing regarding a charged crime under the current laws.  Until then, they can only complicate it and make it worse.

"...Thirty-five years ago, President Ronald Reagan said during his first presidential campaign that he wanted to abolish ATF and transfer its powers to other agencies."

Nothing has changed.

They should also consider changing the name to the F.  What do they do with the A and the T?  That is another area that is covered by other agencies.  I know they like to add "Explosives" and call themselves the BATFE, but that is just another area where they butt heads with the FBI…and lose.

There are some good videos out there of FBI Agents doing stupid things…but the ATF Agent in the below video is down right scary with his lack of common sense.  Do you think making him an FBI Agent is the solution?


LL said...

I think that ATF agents should be given FBI badges and integrated in (integration strikes me as instructive in the video below where "quota hires" will only help with FBI's diversity - this guy below fills two quotas - black and stupid).

They won't butt heads and lose when they become part of the FBI. They will all be part of the same, happy Department of Justice that Eric Holder straightened out.

Me, a cynical? Perish the thought!

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

This boils down to two words: AFFIRMATIVE ACTION!