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    Why Does The IRS Need So Many Guns?

    Friday, June 17, 2016 Why Does The IRS Need So Many Guns?

    By Paul Caron

    Wall Street Journal op-ed: Why Does the IRS Need Guns?, by Tom Coburn (former U.S. Senator) & Adam Andrzejewski (Founder, OpenTheBooks.com): Special agents at the IRS equipped with AR-15 military-style rifles? Health and Human Services “Special Office of Inspector General Agents” being trained by the Army’s Special Forces contractors? The Department of Veterans Affairs arming 3,700 employees? The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20 years, the number of these federal officers with arrest-and-firearm authority has nearly tripled to over 200,000 today, from 74,500 in 1996. What exactly is the Obama administration up to? On Friday, June 17, our organization, American Transparency, is releasing its OpenTheBooks.com oversight report on the militarization of America. The report catalogs federal purchases of guns, ammunition and military-style equipment by seemingly bureaucratic federal agencies. During a nine-year period through 2014, we found, 67 agencies unaffiliated with the Department of Defense spent $1.48 billion on guns and ammo. Of that total, $335.1 million was spent by agencies traditionally viewed as regulatory or administrative, such as the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Mint. Some examples of spending from 2005 through 2014 raise the question: Who are they preparing to battle?
    • The Internal Revenue Service, which has 2,316 special agents, spent nearly $11 million on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment. That’s nearly $5,000 in gear for each agent. ...
    People from both ends of the political spectrum have expressed alarm at this trend. Conservatives argue that it is hypocritical, unconstitutional and costly for political leaders to undermine the Second Amendment while simultaneously equipping nonmilitary agencies with heavy weapons, hollow-point bullets and military-style equipment. Progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders have raised civil liberties concerns about the militarization of local police with vehicles built for war and other heavy weaponry. Meanwhile, federal authorities are silent on the growing arsenal at federal agencies. In fact, we asked the IRS for an asset accounting of their gun locker—their guns and ammunition asset inventory by location. Their response? “We don’t have one [an inventory], but could create one for you, if important.” Our data shows that the federal government has become a gun show that never adjourns. Taxpayers need to tell Washington that police powers belong primarily to cities and states, not the feds.

    #2
    Will the IRS break down my door, shoot my dog and possibly me if I don't pay my taxes?
    What a crime, not giving to the gubmint their share of what I worked for!
    SHADAP VARMINT!

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      #3
      The tax collector used to be a hazardous job. Maybe they are getting ready for that to happen again.

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        #4
        OP, good post - it's opened my eyes.
        NRA LIFE | SAF | GOA | UTAH / NH / FL / PA / NY CCW | APPLESEED RIFLEMAN | RSO | FREEPORT R&R | NSCA | NYSRPA

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          #5
          Originally posted by Mad Russian View Post
          Will the IRS break down my door, shoot my dog and possibly me if I don't pay my taxes?
          What a crime, not giving to the gubmint their share of what I worked for!
          DET certainly will when he stops running and gets on the IRS Police Force


          pew pew pew pew

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            #6
            Originally posted by Idiocracy View Post
            The tax collector used to be a hazardous job. Maybe they are getting ready for that to happen again.
            Hey, no denying it's a dangerous world out there and no one is a fan of the tax man. Once upon a time though, the tax man had to come and knock on your door demanding your money.
            Some still have that crappy job and they should be able to defend themselves. The vast majority though are snatching your cash electronically through electronic seizures and nasty grams.
            LEO's, and that's what lots of Feds have become should be kept safe but the hypocrisy, the galactic sized double standard that exisists at the fed level is mind blowing.
            Mission creep has always been something to be aware of, it was generally seen as a negative that needed to be kept in check. Today, mission creep seems to be the goal.

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              #7
              Answer ... because the government can not (easily) order the military to conduct operations on US soil.... so they need a force that is capable of military type operation ...under the guise of "enforcing laws" ..It's perfect ...the IRS ..as well as the rest of the Government / Law enforcement already knows or has the ability to know all about you ... and would have the LAW on their side as well ..... finding some kind of "violation of law" is not too hard.... you would garner no support from "law abiding citizens" cause you would be a labeled a criminal.... a perfect scam.

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                #8
                It's not the guns themselves. But look at the graphic showing expenditures. The government is just pissing away our tax dollars. I'd like to know how many IRS personnel have ever seen one of those guns… let alone gotten trained on them.
                Also, I'd like to see where these guns are being stored. Still in the shipping crates? Rusting in some warehouse? Or, nowhere to be found?
                Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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                  #9
                  "we asked the IRS for an asset accounting of their gun locker—their guns and ammunition asset inventory by location. Their response? “We don’t have one [an inventory], but could create one for you, if important.”

                  That's a troubling statement ⬆️

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                  • Barnslayer
                    Barnslayer commented
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                    Create one…… just like they did for oblamer's birth certificate?

                    My bet is those guns were donated to moslem run nations and organizations. There's also the possiblity lots of those gun purchases are bogus…. money laundering.

                  #10
                  I met a IRS law enforcement officer last year. He said they work in conjunction with other agencies and it's normally for Organized crime and cartels. Where you find huge amounts of cash, you will find guns and people willing to use them.

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