Demand Hearings into ATF Corruption Allegations


On Monday, we asked if ATF could be reformed, and highlighted legislation supported by the National Rifle Association promising to do just that. On Tuesday, we checked in with Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, which thinks the agency should be “booted,” not made over. And yesterday, we heard from disgruntled ATF employees themselves, who have a list of grievances they want to see “cleaned up.”

All approaches have their critics. The reform effort is reacted to by some with derision– I've had comments posted dismissing it as “lipstick on a pig” and “rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.” The “boot” option is dismissed by those who don't see any chance of it happening. And ATF employees who wish to continue their work in a kinder, gentler environment are met by many with contempt, not sympathy. The agency, its activities and its history foster no goodwill among many gun rights activists, who would like to see ATF hirelings go into a different line of work altogether–and who would prefer to see some of them behind bars.

Still, there's something proponents of all three approaches–and their critics–ought to be able to do now that could have a satisfying effect–and will only burden anyone supporting it for a minute or two. Mike Vanderboegh at Sipsey Street Irregulars proposed it, and I think it's a powerful idea and well worth exploiting:

Now, this may strike many of my readers as ridiculous. One called it, “Just like being a shop steward representing concentration camp guards — he's still a guard. Who cares if he has a b***h with the camp commandant? Why would we want to support somebody who just wants to make an unconstitutional agency more fair and efficient?”

Well, I'll tell you why. The fact of the matter is that WE, all by ourselves, are not ever going to get oversight hearings into ATF misconduct…And, I will concede that it may well be too late for any hearings to have a material effect on events. However, that doesn't mean we shouldn't try…

So here's what I urge you to do. If you have a congressman or congresswoman who is on any oversight committee, whether they are Republican or Democrat, forward these damning allegations by field agents against the SES crooks to the congresscritters with the demand that they look into these charges. Don't editorialize. Don't criticize the agency's mission. Keep it short and simple. You want the taxpayer's dollars protected and spent wisely. You want these agents' complaints looked into.

Who do you send it to?

I'd start with my representatives–you can find your congressman here, and your senators here. Then, I'd contact the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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Source: Gun Rights Examiner


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