Quote of the Day: A Regulator’s Work is Never Done Edition

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“We are looking for the needle in the haystack, and the haystack is all the gun purchases.” – Assistant Special Agent in charge of the ATF Houston division Todd Reichert, Rising Texas guns sales add to ATF agents’ workload [at chron.com]


  1. avatar Matt in FL says:

    If you’re looking for a needle in a haystack, how about you use a damn magnet instead of making every piece of straw prove it’s not metallic.

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      Careful they don’t go the “rotating blast furnace” route…

    2. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      Because you don’t get bigger budgets by being efficient…

    3. avatar William Burke says:


  2. avatar SteveInCO says:

    Wow, you poor overworked agents!

    Tell you what, take the rest of your careers off.

  3. avatar Kathy says:

    “Texas already has more gun dealers than any other state, and more than 1.1 million Texans have sought clearance to buy firearms this year, the newspaper reported”

    As far as I’m concerned, all good! .

  4. avatar Chip says:

    Perhaps if we re-legalized drugs and got rid of other victimless crimes, organized crime would have less power. We obviously didn’t learn the lessons from alcohol prohibition very well.

    The problem isn’t guns; the problem is stupid laws.

    1. avatar A-Rod says:

      nope, that would be too easy and logical so therefore not gonna happen.

      1. avatar Adam says:

        More importantly, that would cut into the “legal” big-pharma narcotics industry. Prescription painkillers are the most abused drugs now, and there are far too many politicians getting far too much money to allow competition for that.

      2. avatar Cliff H says:

        No government agency will EVER operate so efficiently and pursue their goals to the extent that they, as an agency, are no longer required. If each and every government entity created cannot every year at budget time find an excuse not only for funding in the upcoming year, but for increased funding and an enlarged agenda, they are not worth the tax dollars they waste.

    2. avatar William Burke says:

      The Urge to Control is powerful indeed. Throw in a whole lot of money, and opportunities to “punish” the miscreants… well, it’s no wonder things are so effed-up.

  5. avatar ThomasR says:

    The article talks about the “heat” that the ATF has taken for Waco and the “blunder” of “Fast and Furious”.

    The heat for what I consider the premeditated murder of almost a hundred men, women and children and premeditated flooding if Mexico with thousands of guns to create an environment that would allow more gun control laws.

    Stomping kittens to death, shooting caged dogs, burning men, women and children alive, shooting an unarmed woman holding a baby, flooding a foreign country with weapons to pass more gun control laws, prosecuting and incarcerating Americans for paper work mistakes; if there ever was a description of a goverment agency that is a complete threat to our freedoms our constitution and individual american lives; the BATFE is it.

    1. avatar Chris Mallory says:

      As much as I hate to defend the ATF, it was the FeeBI that burned the citizens in Waco. The ATF just did the FUBAR commando raid that started the whole mess.

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        So that was an FBI tank that pumped the napalm into the house?

        1. avatar William Burke says:

          I believe so. And wasn’t our dear friend Lon Horiuchi, of Shoot-the-Woman-Miss-the-Baby fame, also in a command position at Waco?

  6. avatar Paul G. says:

    “have sought clearance to buy firearms this year”……in other words, asked permission to exercise a privilege formerly considered to be a right.

  7. avatar SteveInCO says:

    More on the snarky side, I propose that they be given jurisdiction over counterfeiting, espionage, and sedition.

    All hail BATFECES.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      While I hesitate to give any governmental agency more authority, this is pretty funny.

    2. avatar Jus Bill says:

      I think they already do all of that. Is that in the Arizona office?

    3. avatar William Burke says:


  8. avatar Chip says:

    OMG! If it wasn’t for all this work we could get our jobs done!

  9. avatar Jay Perez says:

    “Few other organizations will take the time, trouble and expense to deal with the dangers of going undercover against bikers or radical militia organizations,” said Karson, a retired Customs Service agent.

    Yea…. um wth is he talking about radical militia organizations?? How about your own damn agency that ran guns to Mexican cartels and it lead to a few of those “guns” being used to kill our own Border Agents.

  10. avatar B says:

    … Is this the guy in charge of the Texas region NFA background checks now? Dammit. Maybe if they weren’t so busy helping non-functional recluses plant government supplied fake bombs in time square they would have more time to infringe on American’s civil rights.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      No, this guy has nothing to do with NFA branch. This guy is in charge of the agents in the Houston area that perform inspections and keep track of FFLs in that area.

    2. avatar Jus Bill says:

      That is the job of the FeeBIes.

  11. avatar DaveL says:

    When a normal person remarks that a task resembles finding a needle in a haystack, they probably mean to imply they need to find a smarter way of doing it. When a government bureaucrat says something is like finding a needle in a haystack, they mean they want a new department, with a bigger budget, and more haystacks.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      Then they need a Smart/Lazy person. He or she’ll get it done, faster, cheaper every time.

      There was a story I read about the German General Staff, after WWI, who studied human organization. They found people all fell into 4 categories: Smart/Lazy, Stupid/Lazy, Smart/Industrious and Stupid/Industrious. They found Smart/Lazy made the best staff officers, for reasons stated about, while Stupid/Industrious were “the most troublesome people in all of human organization, and always caused far more harm than good.

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