In a 1995 fund raising letter, NRA Veep Wayne LaPierre called employees of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “jack-booted thugs” who “wear Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms to attack law-abiding citizens.” And now . .
he wants the very same ATF to regulate bump fire stocks, to make them illegal or at the least, NFA items. What could possibly go wrong?
We’re talking about the federal agency whose actions in Waco, Texas led to the death of 76 people.
The agency that watched Mexican drug thugs illegally purchase firearms and walk them across the border, later linked to 69 killings — including the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry — and 20 mass killings.
The agency that hired a brain-damaged man to promote an undercover storefront sting in Milwaukee. And then arrested him. One operation among many ATF “stings” that manufactures crime.
The agency that sold black market cigarettes and maintained secret bank accounts to fund operations they couldn’t get Congress to bankroll.
Need I go on?
In short, the ATF is a deeply corrupt organization that has a long, squalid history of antipathy towards Americans seeking to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. And a longstanding tradition of remaining unaccountable for their illegal, amoral and unconstitutional actions.
The NRA realized this back in the day. They probably realize it now. But in the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre, the NRA’s leaders have decided its better to encourage the ATF to reverse its logically consistent ruling that approved bump fire stocks than it is to let a bump fire ban bill make it to the President’s desk. Or to be seen as “pro-mass murder.”
They may be right — if the ATF heads off Congress at the pass. But they may also be wrong. The move gives the ATF more legitimacy.
We’ve seen what the Bureau’s done with their power in the past. The NRA’s implicit endorsement can only make them stronger.
What happens when a pro-gun control Democrat wins the White House and directs the ATF to wield the ban hammer again? Will semi-autos (a.k.a., “weapons of war”) be next? And don’t forget: the ATF have their own little army. The next Prez could get all enforcement happy.
All the Devil wants is your soul. Has the NRA delivered?