If The Public Shouldn't Have Them, Why Does The IRS Need AR-15s?

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Here we go again. Stuck in the aftermath of a horrific shooting and all politicians think to do is scheme about how to take more rights from the citizenry. There are no good guys here. The Democrats want to railroad over due process by denying firearms to people on Orwellian watch lists, while Republicans plot to give the FBI more warrantless surveillance powers. This is the authoritarian knee-jerk response to tragedy we get from the U.S Congress.

Hypocritically, when it comes to foreign policy, all we hear are incessant calls for more militarism, more war and more regime change. As I warned in yesterday’s post, Is the Syrian War About to Experience a Major Escalation?  51 State Department officials just issued a cable calling for the bombing of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. An event likely to lead to direct confrontation with Russia.

While all of that is bad enough, the U.S. government continues to eagerly and aggressively arm non-defense federal employees with weapons of war.

As Adam Andrzejewski of Open the Books and former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn noted in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed:

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).

For more, let’s take a look at a few excerpts from their piece, Why Does the IRS Need Guns?

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.

• 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. 

• The Department of Veterans Affairs, which has 3,700 law-enforcement officers guarding and securing VA medical centers, spent $11.66 million. It spent more than $200,000 on night-vision equipment, $2.3 million for body armor, more than $2 million on guns, and $3.6 million for ammunition. The VA employed no officers with firearm authorization as recently as 1995.

• The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spent $4.77 million purchasing shotguns, .308 caliber rifles, night-vision goggles, propane cannons, liquid explosives, pyro supplies, buckshot, LP gas cannons, drones, remote-control helicopters, thermal cameras, military waterproof thermal infrared scopes and more.


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.


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. 

For more detail, check out the full report here: OpenTheBooks Oversight Report – The Militarization Of America.

Open the Books is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization focused on providing transparency in government.

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santafe's picture
santafe (not verified) Arnold Jun 24, 2016 7:22 PM

The BANKERS conquered America. IRS is their servant. We're their slaves. AR 15s keep us in line.

Normalcy Bias's picture

AR-15 legally owned by law abiding citizen = "Assault Rifle"

AR-15 issued to Government Apparatchik  = "Personal Defense Weapon"


Lone_Star's picture

I'm not so sure it's a personal defense weapon in .gov hands, might be more of a civilian re-education assistance device.

dchang0's picture

Normalcy Bias is referring to what the gov't actually called AR-style carbines in the official RFQ--yes, they actually called them "personal defense weapons," the same thing that they call "weapons of war" when in civilian hands.

Crash Overide's picture

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank,

give a man a bank and he can rob the world.

TheAntiGov's picture

Sorry for the down vote, fat fingers, I'm a well hung lesbian.

Cynicles's picture

yeah, but do you play a doctor on TV 

iAmerican's picture

The "bankers who conquered America" did so as Vatican operatives on the power given to them by the largest cash-flow in history - the homosexual pedophile priesthood of Babylon at Vatican Hill's collection plates.

BandGap's picture

Think it through, most people will go "huh"? and continue on with their lives.

What an excellent way to hide an army on American soil, something forbidden in the Constitution.

This was the way around it.

Think, think, think.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

It's not like the US citizenry isnt paying attention.  Look at the trend in NICS background checks.  If the stats existed, I bet you'd find aggregated ammo and body armor sales are trending similarly.  We're in a mad rush to equip ourselves for the coming war.  Literally within the past 2 weeks I've spent time calling and visiting places about acquired a tracked vehicle that can mount a 40mm or larger weapon system.  I need something that will open up an MRAP like a tin can @ >500 meters.

RadioFlyer's picture

Pff, just need cheap soap and paint. Coat the windows. Monkeys will pile out the back after the fire under the chassy cooks them for awhile. Can't drive where you can't see. If you can't see to drive, you stop.

Eager Beaver's picture

Soap and paint? Aren't you "high tech". All I need is a good handful of mud! Although, if you want to get really high tech, a can of "Great Stuff" gap and crack filler foam sealant will do wonders in all kinds of machinery...

Lynx Dogood's picture

Like these guys? Anyone seen them? They are produced every year for 4 years now. Never seen or heard of them again, yet they are a budget item for are gov. 


Zero Point's picture

Similar to how Hitler hid an army by calling it the SS.

holycrap's picture

Sounds to me like they are prepositioning arms and munitions for me if I ever need more. They already have prepositioned Humvee's and MRAPs for me. From what I see from most law enforcement is a positive attitude towards an armed citizenry, there is a big difference between being given a gun, and told to subdue your fellow citizens. Remember, they fear an armed population as they should, the "soldiers" irs agents etc, don't want to be cannon fodder...


Go to the range and see the new people trying out guns for the first time. Wow. I spend more time trying to correct safety and marksmanship than I do shooting. I am glad more of my fellow Americans are getting firearms. Even though most are a little late to the party, it's nice to have an initial line of defense. Remember, arm thy neighbors, they make a  great early warning system...

Vageling's picture

The thinking will start when they figured it out that the FEMA camp they got shipped off to is actually a prison. In other words when it's too late. Smart peepz don't don't trust the gubbimint and look at those muppets critical. Dumb naive sheeple on the other hand.

Croesus's picture

Thank God dotgov is protecting us from the terrorists..

The IRS definitely needs to be well-armed...all those pesky tax cheats might be the bad guys who want to shoot kiddies and queers.


Croesus's picture

Thank God dotgov is protecting us from the terrorists..

The IRS definitely needs to be well-armed...all those pesky tax cheats might be the bad guys who want to shoot kiddies and queers.


Arnold's picture

And thanks for the newby label.

Supernova Born's picture

Remember when the Founders wrote and ratified the Second Amendment the arms they were referring to were NO different than the arms used by the British military or the colonials. "The People" were not limited to matchlocks when the military had flintlocks as an example. The Founders contemplated armed resistance against a foreign or domestic military force, not duck hunting.

NoPension's picture

I want fucking field artillery!

I concur, by the way. 110%

Billy the Poet's picture

Dryden: Are you really going to give them artillery, sir?

Brighton: I was wondering that, sir. Might be difficult to get it back.

Dryden: Give them artillery and you've made them independent.

Allenby: Then I can't give it to them, can I?

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

As a US citizen, you can own artillery.  I'm just starting the process.  Need something that will whistle thru an MRAP!

Billy the Poet's picture

All I need is one of those negative interest loans and I'll be good to go. But then there's the Ticonderoga method as pioneered by Mr. Allen.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

How about 120mm depleted uranium sabot tank rounds?  I'm game.

SidSays's picture

That’s where the "shall not be infringed" part comes in.  M1A1 if you have the means.

coast's picture

my educated guess says that most of them, if not all of them, dont even know how to use a firearm...like I am worried?  not....And know what else?  whever they talk gun control, I yawn and say molon labe...pretty much that simple...Come and get em bitches...come and fucking get em

Billy the Poet's picture

So sitting around on the House floor doesn't work then? It sounded so promising.

STP's picture

They forgot the puppy training pads, because we all know they're full of shit.

stant's picture

It's for the childens , thiers not yours

ACES FULL's picture

Of 200k armed federal employees I would say only 1% would be truly committed in a full SHTF scenario.

nightshiftsucks's picture

Yep and once they start dropping there will be even less.

stormsailor's picture

they probably don't even know what a bore guide is

Dancing Disraeli's picture

My wife sometimes helps me out with that.

Katos's picture

Here's the thing. You give a bunch of government workers AR15's, you train them on how to use them, then you tell them that when they get the signal, they can just go out and start shooting. Don't think for a second that alot of these people, in order to protect their jobs,  will come out firing.

shovelhead's picture


But what happens when the fire comes back will make all the difference. It takes a whole lot of "I don't give a fuck" to be a mercenary for lousy pay. I suspect many would prefer a career change to a flag draped coffin.

Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

Well, you said it way before me, so never mind my comment.  But it was my sentiments exactly.

Uchtdorf's picture

Everybody has a plan until you get hit in the face.  Mike Tyson

JusticeTBuford's picture

True.  Far more former military sending rounds back than weebel wabbles sending rounds in.  Won't take long to evaluate the experience levels.  They will not want any part of that.

All Risk No Reward's picture

Hence the effort to disarm ordinary citizens. Duh!

Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

Shooting at someone is the easy part of war/battle.  It is the rounds coming back at you, cracking the air and hissing as they pass feet or inches from your head, that make men pause and lose their will to fight.  I suspect that most employees would go awol pretty quickly.

cherokeepilot's picture

Having been there "It is the rounds coming back at you, cracking the air and hissing as they pass feet or inches from your head, that make men pause and lose their will to fight." I partially agree. 

Maybe not losing the will to fight but the need to "take aim, slowly pull the trigger" goes out the window instantly. Just think about the "highly trained" group of police who fire 50 rounds at the perp and miss. 

These folks have to pass a test at the range but can't seem to hit the target at a real confontation.  Not to criticize the officers because, having been there, I understand what happens in a real fire fight and agree that non-combatants will "shit a brick" if involved in a real situation.  It ain't like the movies show it.

gcjohns1971's picture

There's a dangerous point you pass when too many of those little 'thhhhhwwwt' sounds have passed you by untouched, making you lose the fear and become complacent.

But some will still be a little cautious from habit, though they've stopped flinching...  Most times those guys hit what they aim at.