February 03, 2010

Rough Audit? Probably Not.

Over at the John Locke Foundation's Right Angles blog, Jon Ham asks what I think about the Internal Revenue Service's intended purchase of 60 shotguns:

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.

The firearm in question does not seem to exist on Remington's Law Enforcement web site (at least by that model number), but the specs sound somewhat similar to a variation of the Wilson Combat/Scattergun Technologies Border Patrol Model.

I don't think there is any reason to worry about rank and file IRS agents showing up at your door with these shotguns. Instead, they seem like they would likely be used by the Criminal Investigation agents that focus on "Illegal Source Financial Crimes; and Narcotics Related and Counterterrorism Financial Crimes." They would presumably be raiding terrorist cells, drug cartels, and organized crime, er, organizations that participate in money laundering, tax evasion, and other socially unacceptable behavior under their jurisdiction who tend to go heavily armed.

But I'd still be nice to all IRS agents, just in case.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at February 3, 2010 10:30 AM

I got no love for anyone who gets their daily bread with a job in armed robbery. I've prayed for my enemies, but never for an IRS employee. May they rot in hell, enemies all of The Constitution and The Republic. I do pray for the day I'll see the IRS aboloished and it's 100,000+ parasites on the street begging.

Posted by: twolaneflash at February 3, 2010 11:34 AM

See, there is only one point to make. Come to my door with weapons drawn and see what happens. I promise at least one death other than mine. Is the job really worth all that? I notice of late many deaths due to law enforcement fear. I you are a'scairt get another job. There are many of us citizens who ain't a'scairt. Draw down on me and see.

Posted by: Odins Acolyte at February 3, 2010 11:34 AM

I've had a couple of bad experiences with the IRS and won them all. In each and every case, the IRS was in error, but that didn't stop them from seizing my bank account with checks outstanding, seizing my paycheck, and putting me through the grinder to prove them wrong. The first time, the IRS was changing to computers, and didn't enter my return into the computer. Despite me spending the day at the IRS office with a copy of my return and of the refund check I had already received, the IRS employees demanded I go to another office, fill out more forms, then wait weeks for them to release my bank account and paychecks. I turned my then two year old daughter loose in a room of agents, and after a day in hard plastic chairs, she started ripping stuff off the desks and distributing it on the floor. My face let them know they best not say one word to that child, for my wrath was great. It took a lot of angry screaming, to the point I was expecting to be hauled out in chains, but four or five supervisory levels up, I got to the person who could sign a one-page form and release my money. It took her ten seconds or less. The IRS is an evil empire.

My next encounter was a three year audit. Not being a fool, I've always left my returns with the IRS "owing me" money. I took my three children with me to the IRS office, sat them up against the wall with their toys in the agent's office and told them to watch their government at work. After the finishing the first year, with the IRS sending me an additional refund check with interest, the agent said he would let the other two years' audits slide. I said "like hell he would". I did all the work to prepare for a 3 year audit and by God I would have it. The IRS sent me 3 checks, one for each year plus interest. I've never heard from the IRS again. I truly and deeply hate that cancer on the soul of America.

Posted by: twolaneflash at February 3, 2010 11:56 AM

They won't come to the door with them openly. They'll be in their nerd briefcases.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at February 3, 2010 12:38 PM

sounds a lot like how I outfitted my 870.....

Posted by: rumcrook at February 3, 2010 01:01 PM

I will put my Mossberg Maverick 88 up against their stuff any time.
Theirs hold 4 mine holds 8.

Posted by: 1sttofight at February 6, 2010 10:27 PM