March 16, 2010

"Agents of Incompetence Series" Noted by Field & Stream

This may not be that big a deal to many of you, but growing up I devoured every issue of Field & Stream as it came in. Their writers were (and are) superb, and of those, David E. Petzal has always been one of my favorites.

So I thought it was very cool this morning when I found out Petzal had written a post on The Gun Nut that linked approvingly to my "Agents of Incompetence" series at Pajamas Media.

And now, we have our friends in the U.S. Customs and their pals in the ATF, who have impounded 30 M4-replica Airsoft rifles, claiming that they can be converted to real M4s. This story comes our way courtesy of reporter Bob Owens, and it has to be read in full to be appreciated. Go to it by clicking here, and if you don’t drink now, you will afterward.

Pretty cool, to me at least. If you didn't see the series yet, you can catch it via the links below:

Agents of Incompetence: ATF Seizes Gun Shipment Labeled 'Toys' — But They Really Were Toys

Agents of Incompetence: ATF Seizes ‘Toys,’ Then Touts Their Danger (Part II)

Agents of Incompetence: Customs, ATF Dodging All Questions About Toy Guns (Part III)

I sent in a Freedom of Information Act this morning asking the BATF for all communications, documentation, video and photographic evidence, along with a record of emails and communications between BATF and CBP.

Considering the Obama Administration's track record with FOIA I can't say I'm confident I'll get the answers I seek, but it it worth trying, all the same.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 16, 2010 12:26 PM

Such behavior on the part of the government descends into self-parody. Unfortunately, the government has no sense of humor, irony or parody. In this, and in many other parts of the government, we're seeing something much more dangerous than mere incompetence and stupidity.

All that keeps any government from descending into tyranny is the common decency, respect for the Constitution and the law and character of those fallible human beings who are the government. After all, when the government violates the law, who will investigate and punish them? When agents of the government understand, as more and more are, that they are above and beyond the law, we descend into tyranny. They may rest assured that they can get away with anything that comports with the current administrations leanings because the POTUS considers himself to be above and beyond the law.

If our "protectors" will seize toy guns, at what will they stop?

Posted by: mikemcdaniel at March 16, 2010 12:46 PM

congrats on the field and stream,

"If our "protectors" will seize toy guns, at what will they stop?"

apparently not much...

Posted by: rumcrook¾ at March 16, 2010 08:29 PM