As reported by Fox News today, according to an audit, 76 ATF weapons and 418 laptops were lost, stolen or missing over the last 5 years. This rate of loss for weapons is nearly double that of the FBI and DEA. Furthermore, the ATF didn’t even know whether most of its lost, stolen or missing laptops contained sensitive or classified information.
What more can one say? This is government incompetence at it’s best. They tell you what to do with your guns, but they don’t even keep track of what they do with theirs. Then, they set up sting operations to entrap law-abiding citizens into violating one of the hundreds of complex firearm laws that the ATF supposedly “enforces.”
Who’s great idea was it anyways to let a bunch of yahoos with “Special Agent” status regulate our alcohol, tobacco and firearms? Back in the days of our founding fathers, access to these things was part of being American. They were a part of life. Now, the almighty federal government gives you the privilege of having these things, as long as you follow their rules.
– John H. Bryan, West Virginia Attorney.
This is a little off topic but I love the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution and just have to comment. The beautiful artistry and historical significance of a firearm that has been handed down from one generation to another along with some old stories about great grand-dads shot gun or uncle Dales WW 2 rifle or some old squirrel rifle is something that has real value and is priceless. The right to own a firearm is almost instinctual, kind of like the right to self defense and the right to hunt (legally) or the right to life, liberty,and the pursuit of happiness. The right to lawfully own a firearm is something that the thinking person understands and accepts as a basic American right and it is another example of what is great about America – we value “freedom” and other people want to live here with us because they too value “freedom” something that is not as plentiful in other countries. Our government makes mistakes, sometimes serious mistakes. Our people believe in “freedom” and it is a cherished American value.
Yours in the Defense of Fellow Human Beings,
Glen R. Graham, Tulsa Criminal Defense Attorney, Tulsa, Oklahoma
actions of the batf are classical examples of violations of civil rights, one of which is the secons ammendment.