This is a truly strange story that I was reading this morning at PJ Media. It turns out that the federal government is currently stockpiling massive amounts of ammunition and weapons. For some departments like the FBI, CIA, or Homeland Security, that kind of makes sense. But it’s not limited to just federal agencies whose primary focus is law enforcement. It turns out that the IRS has enough guns and ammo to launch a war. The numbers are rather staggering. They now have more than two thousand of their own law enforcement agents with thousands of weapons and more than five million rounds of ammunition. Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida has introduced a bill that would place a moratorium on these IRS purchases until we can see what’s going on.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has introduced a bill to keep the Internal Revenue Service from buying ammunition. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) are on board as well.
The IRS is buying bullets? Yes. They’ve amassed roughly 5 million rounds of ammo. Gee, what for?
Gaetz’s “Disarm the IRS” bill would put a stop to the tax collectors building their arsenal, which, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office, includes but is not limited to:
2,148 law enforcement officers
4,461 weapons, including 15 fully automatic weapons (for you lefties, that’s a machine gun)
Over 5 million rounds of ammunition.
There’s no question that the purchases are real. What is unknown is what they could possibly need that much firepower for. And it’s not just the IRS, by the way. Like me, you may have never heard of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board. It was created in 1935 to administer a social insurance program providing retirement benefits to the country’s railroad workers. Fair enough, I suppose. But if that’s their job, why do they have an arsenal of weapons and tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition? Do they need armed guards to protect the people filling out retirement forms?
I don’t know if Gaetz’s bill will attract enough support to pass, but before we deliver any more actual machine guns to the IRS (they have 15 of them) or any truckloads of ammo, there should be hearings where the head of the IRS sits down before the appropriate congressional committee and provides some data. How many of the IRS security officers are deployed in the field on any given day? How many times per year have those security officers reported situations where they needed to draw and/or fire their weapons? Are these security officers separate from the accountants and bean counters that review our tax returns and seek payment from those who are delinquent? Or are they also performing tax collection duties on top of their security responsibilities?
The analysis at PJ Media suggests that these non-security agencies are being armed in preparation for a possible war with American civilians. There was a time I would have laughed that idea off as something from the realm of conspiracy theorists. But in 2022, I’m not so sure anymore.
Here’s an interview that Gaetz gave with Fox News where he discusses this issue. He doesn’t have any more firm answers than we’ve come up with.