"Political Power Comes Largely from the Barrel of a Gun" Chairman Mao Tse Tung
The IRS is buying shotguns. Matt Drudge is reporting that the website FEDBIZOPPS.Gov. has posted a request for quotes from suppliers for 12 gauge pump action shotguns to be submitted to the IRS. An excerpt from the website says:
"The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intends to purchase sixty Remington Model 870 Police RAMAC #24587 12 gauge pump-action shotguns for the Criminal Investigation Division. The Remington parkerized shotguns, with fourteen inch barrel, modified choke, Wilson Combat Ghost Ring rear sight and XS4 Contour Bead front sight, Knoxx Reduced Recoil Adjustable Stock, and Speedfeed ribbed black forend, are designated as the only shotguns authorized for IRS duty based on compatibility with IRS existing shotgun inventory, certified armorer and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts.
Submit quotes including 11% Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax (FAET) and shipping to Washington DC."
Why does this bother me? I realize that perhaps this is nothing new. Maybe the IRS has been purchasing weapons and artillery for their "Criminal Investigation Division" for many, many years.
And furthermore, maybe their Criminal Investigation Division would include criminally investigating mob bosses and other John Dillinger, Al Capone types and maybe even drug lords, and so, packing scary pump-action weaponry is how IRS agents accessorize.
But, since when did our IRS agents receive combat training? And for what? Are we sending them into Afghanistan to kick Taliban butt or something?
Call me paranoid (and many have, frankly), but when there are nutty ideologues in this country with lucrative lobbying power, actively lobbying against the right of citizens of this country to keep and bear arms and the IRS is sending out purchase order and quote requests for IRS agents to carry shotguns, who also wear certified body armor and have been engaging in combat training - well, shoot me (really, really bad pun) but, this is rather scary.
As an accountant, I will concede that I likely have a natural bias against the IRS. Though I never formally took an "Anti-IRS Class" in my education and training in business school, most accounting students, almost by osmosis it seems, pick up a visceral dislike for them. Not to mention I have serious authority figure issues anyway, and well, you get the picture.
Yet, somehow, I can't see that seeking to disarm the citizenry of a free country (or we used to be, anyway) and arming a governmental agency, (with freakin' body armor and military combat training, no less) like the IRS, will lead to anything good.