Why Is the IRS Arming?|
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Coalition for Constitutional Liberties
Weekly Update for 7/24/98
Volume I, Number 23
Why Is the IRS Arming?
A Guest Column by Jon Dougherty, USA Journal Online
You know, I think the case can be made that - to a certain extent -
there is generally nothing wrong with having a few armed federal
agents. Most are dedicated to the law, have families of their own
and understand the concept of policing a free society.
For example, the U.S. Marshall's service, the Border Patrol, the
CIA, the Secret Service and the FBI all have specific law
enforcement duties to perform. Most Americans, consequently,
understand that those duties are often very dangerous and carry
risks to life and limb. Self-protection, as well as the ability to
protect citizens, is indeed appropriate.
But what about the Internal Revenue Service? How can Washington
justify arming one of the most abusive of all federal agencies?
The government's tax collectors don't need firepower, do they?
Apparently lawmakers believe they do. In fact, between 1998 and
2000, the IRS will have spent some $1.2 million on weaponry - the
very kind the socialists in government are denying to ordinary
Americans. How typical.
The most recent budgetary figures show that the IRS has already
purchased a million dollars worth of SigArms high capacity
semi-automatic handguns, and by the year 2000 the IRS will have
spent $200,000 more on high capacity Remington shotguns.
However, budget figures only tell part of the story. Now you know
how much is being spent to upgrade and arm IRS agents, but that
doesn't explain why the government believes IRS agents have a need
- or even a right - to be armed in the first place.
Don't worry, I can already hear the cogs spinning in the heads of
the propaganda-meisters. Officials at the Treasury Department will
undoubtedly say that IRS agents who operate in the field are
expected to go on arrests and therefore are required to be armed.
But the Treasury Department won't explain why IRS agents should be
authorized to arrest anyone in the first place. With other federal
law agencies at their disposal, the Justice Department doesn't need
Oh, but that's the kicker, isn't it? If you violate federal tax
laws, you get to appear before specific tax courts, not just any
federal court. In other words, Washington, D.C. is so scared they
are going to get cheated out of a dime that they have established
the IRS as a virtual fourth branch of government. Their own laws,
their own code, their own courts, their own cops.
You can murder unborn babies, but by golly don't even think about
cheating on your taxes.
And what about these budget figures? You know that the government
is getting a "deal" on these weapons, so figure that a Remington
shotgun of the type they're buying will likely cost around $300.
Sig Sauer semi-auto pistols go for about $750. Do the math: That's
about 667 new shotguns and about 1340 new pistols, or enough for
about 560 IRS teams of two if you figure in having the agency keep
some spares lying around.
That doesn't count the number of weapons already in the IRS arsenal
that are not getting replaced in this budget. Who knows what the
real number of weapons the IRS has in their possession really is.
Furthermore, why would Congress - especially after both Houses have
recently held hearings into the various and sundry IRS abuses over
the years - even authorize arrest powers for IRS agents? Is
everyone brain dead in Washington?
Didn't various senators and representatives just inform the American
people that they didn't much trust the IRS either?
Something smells worse than second-hand tobacco smoke here.
There is no reason to arm IRS agents anymore than there is a reason
to arm Department of Energy agents, State Department agents, some
Postal Service agents, federal Bureau of Land Management agents,
Park Service agents, and so on. According to a recent report in
WorldNetDaily, the federal government claims some 85,000 armed
federal agents - with about 20,000 new ones trained each year.
It should not be the IRS' job to arrest delinquent taxpayers. After
they investigate a crime and get a warrant from a judge to execute
an arrest, they should be turning those warrants over to traditional
law enforcement agents either on the federal level or on the state
and local levels - preferably both. IRS agents, who are already
operating under a prejudicial mindset against taxpayers, do not need
firepower to help enforce tax laws.
Americans need to know what is happening here. When Washington
worships our money more than our freedom - to the point of arming
its tax collectors - something's seriously wrong in paradise.
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