The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (and Really Big Fires) started life as a small office inside the Internal Revenue Service. Their mission: to collect tax revenue. President Reagan elevated the BATFE(RBF) to agency status. Today’s Bureau is a $1.1b per year behemoth dedicated to infringing on Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. OK, that’s not their official mission statement. But even a cursory glance at their wikipedia.org entry reveals . . .
a deeply reprehensible lack of accountability (e.g., Fast and Furious) underpinned by a sometimes murderous anti-gun jihad (e.g. Waco [above] and Ruby Ridge). Now the left – yes the left – wants to merge the ATF with the FBI. I say yes. Regardless of the “this will increase firearms enforcement” rhetoric, I reckon it would be a good way to kill ATF’s toxic anti-gun culture (figuratively speaking). Your thoughts? [h/t AD]