Please remind me just one more time why the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is allowed to exist:

If you don’t already know by now, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms can’t even run a store without royally screwing up. Nearly one year ago, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on an ATF sting gone bad when the bureau tried to catch bad guys by setting up a store. The sting ended in a damaged rent space, $35,000 in stolen goods and with a fully automatic machine gun lost on the city streets.

Now it appears ATF failed during another store front sting and is punishing teenagers they convinced to help them by throwing them in jail. We’re talking about ATF agents convincing mentally disabled kids to get giant squid neck tattoos, having them participate in a sting operation, arresting them for participating and then calling it a success.

It gets worse from there.

Please tell me why this defective agency is justified, when virtually every part of their mandate is done better by other federal law enforcement agencies? The ATF is like the TSA with guns and real authority, and if that doesn’t scare the crap out of you, nothing will.

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