Why are the liberals trying to take guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens while at the same time arming to the teeth several federal agencies? What makes a government employee any different than a private citizen when it comes to gun ownership?
In the following excerpt from WND.com Ron Paul warns about that very thing over 15 years ago. The government has placed many more guns in agency employees hands since then, and more deadly arms at that, plus armed military vehicles, drones, and who knows what else.
'There was never meant to be a federal police force'
He also said there would be problems with the weaponization of the Internal Revenue Service, the use of the feared federal agency to attack critics of the Washington bureaucracy or the White House agenda.
And the warning from then-Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, quoted WND founder and CEO Joseph Farah, who then was running the Western Journalism Center in Sacramento and had researched the massive number of federal officers Washington was arming.
Paul, whose son, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is a leading contender for the GOP nomination for president in 2016, warned Congress: “Thanks to a recent article by Joseph Farah, director of the Western Journalism Center of Sacramento, California, appearing in the Houston Chronicle, the surge in the number of armed federal bureaucrats has been brought to our attention. Farah points out that in 1996 alone, at least 2,439 new federal cops were authorized to carry firearms. That takes the total up to nearly 60,000. Farah points out that these cops were not only in agencies like the FBI, but include the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Even Bruce Babbitt, according to Farah, wants to arm the Bureau of Land Management. Farah logically asks, ‘When will the NEA have its armed art cops?’ This is a dangerous trend.”
Paul said it’s “ironic that the proliferation of guns in the hands of the bureaucrats is pushed by the anti-gun fanatics who hate the Second Amendment and would disarm every law-abiding American citizen.”
“Yes, we need gun control. We need to disarm our bureaucrats, then abolish the agencies. If government bureaucrats like guns that much, let them seek work with the NRA,” he said.
“Force and intimidation are the tools of tyrants. Intimidation with government guns, the threat of imprisonment, and the fear of harassment by government agents puts fear into the hearts of millions of Americans. Four days after Paula Jones refused a settlement in her celebrated suit, she received notice that she and her husband would be audited for 1995 taxes. Since 1994 is the current audit year for the IRS, the administration’s denial that the audit is related to the suit is suspect, to say the least.”
Armed BLM officers were in the headlines this month for a raid on a family-run Nevada ranch where there was a dispute over the use of federal land to graze cattle, as his family had been doing since before there was a BLM.
The IRS has been collecting all sorts of unwanted publicity since it was revealed last year that agents had targeted conservative and Christian organizations applying for tax status in preparation for the 2012 presidential race. Congressional investigators still haven’t reached the bottom of the mystery of who ordered the moves by the federal government against groups and individuals.